Traveling with children
There are loads of articles and blog posts about this as it's that time of year when children travel. It being the school holidays and all. My tips are fairly short and simple:
- Bring plenty of things for everyone to do.
- Make sure you have Calpol and other necessities to hand.
- Accept that it might not all go to plan, your child may misbehave and people may tut. Develop a thick skin and selective deafness. If I can't hear people tutting because the Tubblet isn't being seen and not heard, then I can't get stressed about it.
What we packed - Clothes
The weather may not have been quite what you'd expect as May to August is South Africa's winter. Instead of sun, sun, sun, the weather changes drastically from day to day. Strong winds, lots of rain and the average temperature ranges from 8°C / 46 F to 18°C / 64 F. This is Rev T and the Tubblet on Safari. Bundled up in blankets, clutching hot water bottles. It was blooming freezing!
We packed light so there was plenty of room left in the luggage for souvenirs:
- The essentials - sunglasses to protect eyes from the African sun; a cross body bag for extra security; stout shoes for lots of walking.
- We had a washing machine so didn't need to bring clothes for all the days. I took three pairs of jeans, six tops, vests and cardigans for layering and some stout shoes. And a pair of sandals in the hope there would be a little sun!
- An umbrella and waterproof cover-up. There's few things worse than being soggy so you need something to keep you dry. (I took a hoodie as that's all I had and got lucky as it didn't rain during the day. One of next season's items will be a parka or similar).
- Layers. A good jacket to layer up along with t-shirts / vest tops. Don't want to be cold.
- A warm scarf to protect the neck and chest from cold winds and add a pop of colour.
What we packed - Skincare and Makeup
Skincare was decanted into small travel bottles from Tiger. This saves luggage space / weight and prevents breakages. Holidays don't seem a good time to start experimenting with new products so I stuck to ones I trust.
I've a few small makeup items kept specifically for travel, plus a few things I'd decanted that I managed to forgot to photograph, like the small pot of foundation. (Blogger fail!)
The hero product was Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Stopped makeup siding down my face on the few hot days we had:
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A post on surviving a group holiday without ending up on a charge to follow! What tips do you have for traveling with children or packing for winter holidays?