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Heading out to enjoy the sunshine during the summer months sounds like a walk in the park – literally! However, when you have little ones to dress, feed, find both shoes for and somehow get into the car, it’s not always easy! You’ve probably had your summer adventures planned for months, have budgeted meticulously – check out this site for more information on financial help and debt management – and have done plenty of research into what activities you can do and where. But one rushed morning where everything seems to go wrong can throw even the most accurately planned day off course.
And there’s nothing worse then getting to your destination only to realise you’re left something important behind. So, I’ve gathered a small checklist of 6 things you should always take with you on your summer adventures. That way you hopefully won’t forget anything!
Sun protection is everything
We all know how damaging the sun can be. So putting together a sun protection pack will certainly put your mind at ease while you and your kids play in the sunshine. A high factor sun cream, reusable bottles of water, sunglasses, sunhats and even long sleeved tops if the sun gets particularly intense or the children are swimming outdoors. Put all these things in a bag and keep it in the car during the summer break and you’ll always have it with you!
Keep it clean
Sticky, sandy and grimy hands – not pleasant when you’re about to eat lunch – even more so if your little one has used a public toilet! So, always take a pack of baby wipes or cleansing wipes and some antibacterial hand gel with you to keep those nasty germs at bay.
It’s always a good idea to keep your children dressed in bright clothes or an outfit that can help you to spot them in a crowd. If you’re ever separated (every parents worst nightmare) your child will be easily recognised. Other parents write their details on a note and place it in their child’s clothing in case they get lost.
Snacks are an essential part of any day out. So, make sure you have plenty! Crackers, sandwiches, breadsticks, fruit, cereal bars etc. There’s nothing worse than a hungry toddler! Avoid chocolate and fizzy drinks though!
There’s nothing wrong with taking a couple of little toys for the journey. They’ll keep your little ones occupied in the car and they’re fun to play with at your destination too! If you’re going somewhere where you might have to queue or wait to be served then things like sticker books and activity packs are an excellent choice!
Don’t be scared of screen time
I know we’re all cautious of our little ones having too much screen time. But sometimes its OK to bend the rules a little bit. Esepically if you’re stuck in traffic or waiting for the rain to pass!
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