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Simple Holiday Essentials You Must Not Forget!!

What are these simple holiday essentials you ask? Well on a family holiday we always seem to forget something. Whether it be a toothbrush or PJs its always something that wasn’t on the list but was suppose to be. I cant be the only one who forgets random things that are needed? Ha! Well 7 simple holiday essentials are really needed for a family holiday…or just a holiday without the kids.

7 Simple Holiday Essentials You Must Not Forget!!

Family on the River Danube


Sunglasses are an essential for us especially myself as the bright light really hurts my head. On our cycling holiday along the Danube, the boys wore their sunglasses too. Big K thought it was ultra cool for wearing his sunglasses.

Exploring Melk

Sun Hats

We always take sun hats with us on holiday, even in the UK. The protection you get from wearing them is definitely worth the constant “stop taking your hat off”. We try take sun hats with neck protection too.

sun cream

Sun Cream

It wasn’t until recently I read about the UV rating on the back of the sun cream. Upon checking the sun cream we have in our house I realised it was only a 3 star rating! So off I went to the shops to hunt out another child friendly sun cream with a high UV rating and a SPF50 spray/cream. I came across in Boots the Soltan range. Little K’s skin reacts badly to sun cream but we still cover him in it and then shower him off in the evenings. The Soltan range we had an 8 hour sun cream we topped it up over lunch but the boys never burnt once. We will definitely use it again.

Jungle Formula

Insect Repellent

Okay, this is one we always seem to forget and then regret it later. Now I keep our insect repellent with the sun cream so I can grab it all at once. No more forgetting! Jungle Formula is child friendly and can be used from 1 year plus. It is useful for non tropical destinations like Europe and the UK. The lotion is DEET free as well. For child 3+ you can get a Slap It Band which are really colourful. Big K loves wearing his while on holiday. It is also gentle on their skin. Tip: You are best putting on sun cream first (let is dry) then use the Jungle Formula. 

wet wipes

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes always come in handy no matter if you have the kids with you or not. They are so handy for little accidents all the way to those exploda poo moments. Having a packet of wet wipes to hand is ideal. If in the car have some in your glove box, and if flying or on a train then keep them close by in your hand luggage.

Power bank for charging

Power Bank

So we have all been there…travelling on the road and the phone starts to beep because the battery is about to die! Well power banks come in handy for giving your phone or device a full charge. We have a couple different ones in different sizes. This means some give us 3 or 4 charges and they don’t take up much space in your bag. Very handy at home or abroad. Make sure you have at least one with you.

travel adaptors

Travel Adapters

You can’t use UK plug (3 pin) in Europe. We have a range of European adapters in the house which we can take with us. We don’t have any other adapters at the moment as we have only explored Europe so far. You can now also buy adapters with USB sections which come in very handy. Perfect simple essential that makes life so much easier.

Do you have any simple holiday essentials that you must have on your family holidays? Let us know in the comments below as we would love to hear from you.

Our top simple holiday essentials that you must not forget on a family holiday

Disclaimer: We received products from Jungle Formula in return for a mention on our blog. However, our opinion is 100% our own and honest.

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I have always had an interest in travel and now we have our two boys we want them to see more than just the UK. We hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children. You can also read about our holidays and the places we have visited while away.
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