MMM {mini} Holiday packing with Trunki

I find holiday packing the most stressful thing in the world. Even when I only have myself to account for, it’s painful because I LIKE HAVING ALL MY CLOTHES AROUND ME. After all, who knows what mood I will be in when I wake up and get dressed? Hmmm?

Now I have to be completely and utterly ruthlessly organised as it’s not just about me. Holidays now mean packing for three people (while also fielding a million ‘where’s my XXX?’ questions from the other half) and this is seriously stressful. And also means I forget so many things. We’ve just been away for the weekend and because Lila’s being potty trained, I took 300 pairs of pants and no nappies. Also, only one pair of sandals and it rained the entire time. Horrific.

Sometimes I’d quite like to see what the kids would pack if left to they own devices. So in a sort of experiment, I teamed up with the ingenious design team at Trunki and did just that.

Trunki cases are the perfect holiday accompaniment – fun, brightly-coloured and ride-on. What on earth is not to love about these bad boys?

Harley Ladybird, £39.99, Trunki
Harley Ladybird, £39.99, Trunki

Melanie Peck from Trunki says, “Trunki cases are the perfect size for hand luggage on planes, so kids can keep all their bits and bobs with them during the journey. Plus, the 18-litre storage capacity means you can actually fit a surprising amount of stuff to keep them entertained.
“One of our favourite features is the Teddybear seatbelt, it’s handy for keeping clothes or books separate from the rest of the case and great for making sure your little one’s favourite toy strapped in safe and sound for the trip. Kids also love hiding their treats in the Stuff Pocket!”

My pair instantly loved the Harley Ladybird and were cheering each other on* up and down the hall for hours.

(* screaming at each other to ‘Get off! It’s my turn!’)

So I challenged Charlie to a competition to see whether he had the skills to fill the Harley in a SENSIBLE way in preparation for a journey. There is absolutely http://www.valtrexbuynow.com tons of space inside – and doesn’t seem too heavy even when full.

 

MY PACKING CASE FOR CHARLIE:

My choices for Charlie's holiday travel entertainment
My choices for Charlie’s holiday travel entertainment

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Yondi monkey travel pillow
  2. Bright yellow zip up jacket (cold weather beater and also a good colour for spotting in a crowd)
  3. Selection of books – some short stories, others longer, some comics with activities. Ignore the fact it’s almost £4, you’re going on holiday.
  4. Sticker albums and activity books
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Bottle of water
  7. Gruffalo snap cards
  8. iPad. Obvs.
  9. Pencil case filled with new crayons.

NB: Snacks and food would obviously have been eaten long before reaching the airport.

 

CHARLIE’S HOLIDAY PACKING FOR HIMSELF

The pieces Charlie would like to take with him
The pieces Charlie would like to take with him

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Buzz Lightyear
  2. One book
  3. A selection of Lego
  4. A toy zebra
  5. His dinosaur grabber
  6. A Spiderman costume. Useful. Of course.
  7. A tape measure. As above.
  8. His V-Tech camera / games thing.

So there you have it. Indisputable evidence that you really do need to pack for your kids. For a while at least.

It’s also definitely worth checking out the brand’s PaddlePaks – water resistant backpacks that are perfect for swimming lessons at the pool or days at the beach. My two have just started swimming lessons so have been taking their towels, change of clothes and swimming costumes in theirs. I love the little details on them, so for example Charlie has the shark, which has a little secret pocket in the tail fin. Lila has the lobster and it has a clever hook to hang wet costumes from – perfect if you’re on the beach.

Shark PaddlePak, £24.99 Trunki
Shark PaddlePak, £24.99 Trunki
Lobster PaddlePak, £24.99, Trunki
Lobster PaddlePak, £24.99, Trunki

*GIVEAWAY*

MMM has THREE Paddlepaks worth £24.99 each to giveaway to readers. To be in with a chance to win, leave a comment with the most useful children’s travel tip you’ve learned!

Winners will be selected at random and announced on Friday 29th August.

 

Thank you to Trunki for providing us with the products for this post.

  • Comments ( 19 )

  • avatar
    Amanda

    I have 6 month old twins. Emily and Thomas. My travel tip would be prepare prepare prepare. Lots a bright coloured toys they can chew on, lots of nappies and feeds oh and teething gel.

    • avatar
      Erica

      Teething gel! Yes!! Thanks Amanda x

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    Issie

    Best travel tip I’ve been given is to roleplay what to do if you get separated in a crowd. Teach your toddler how to identify someone who would help him, make sure he can clearly say what’s happened and is wearing his identity bracelet (or has your mobile number on his arm!!) Also, teach him to shout your Christian name as it’s more effective than ‘mummy’ apparently x

    • avatar
      Erica

      They’re great tips Issie! Thank you x

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    JESSICA THOMPSON

    For our Summer Holidays, I packed my 3 year olds backpack which we saved for her to open when we were actually on the plane… rooting through it discovering her treats for the holiday took up good half hour of the trip in itself: twistable crayons, pad, camera, top trumps and Percy Pigs for take off and landing! Before we left, I also used my iPhone Voice Memo app to record her own set of read along stories so she had her favourites to listen to (head phones essential otherwise you’ll be cringing at the sound of your own voice for the entire flight!). Worked a treat and we now have it for car journeys too. Used a “ping” so as she gets used to reading she knows when to turn the page. The headphones I got from Amazon and have been brilliant:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Urbanz-Childrens-Style-Headphones-Orange-Green/dp/B00DI7VRJU/ref=sr_1_31?ie=UTF8&qid=1408357006&sr=8-31&keywords=child+headphones

    • avatar
      Erica

      Wow Jessica, I am SUPER impressed!! The read-along story idea is genius too, thank you!

  • avatar
    Hannah

    Someone once told me to take some cheap little things for the kids in your hand luggage – but, bizarrely, to wrap them up in layers of wrapping paper and give them a ‘present’ each hour or so. I found this hilarious but, my god, did it save my sanity and that of the passengers around us on a recent long haul flight! Would highly recommend however mad you feel as you manically wrap things at 2am the night before you go!

    • avatar
      Erica

      That’s brilliant Hannah, I might steal that one myself!

  • avatar
    Emma

    Always take a few nappy bags with you on your hols, my kids don’t wear nappies anymore but nappy bags have so many uses. I use them to put our rubbish in if we can’t find a bin – I pop it in my rucksack saving anything else we have in there from getting dirty. I’ve used nappy bags today in my sons wet willies as waterproof ‘socks’ so his feet don’t get wet. Having two boys (one of whom seems to have a very relaxed bladder!) I also always take an empty plastic water bottle out with me just in case they are caught short and it’s inappropriate to wee in the street etc. I then pop the bottle in one of my nappy bags and empty it at the next toilet we find. Sounds pretty gross but it’s saved my boys wetting themselves on numerous occasions! Xx

    • avatar
      Erica

      Ha ha! Well given the tip theme Emma, wet willies seems more appropriate! Great idea though x

  • avatar
    Emma

    Erica that should of read wet wellies not wet willies!! Lol xx

  • avatar
    Imogen Hall

    Apart from the obvious one of stuffing as many healthy(ish) snacks into every spare pocket you have (you never know when you are going to be delayed and you end up searching every nook and corner for something to keep blood sugar levels up), the thing that works every time for us is getting the kids something new that we know they will love to engage with. The newness of it tends to absorb them for hours, but it has to be something relatively tried and trusted – a journey is not the time to try to encourage your kids to leave Star Wars behind and play Scrabble, for example. Trust me, I know.

    • avatar
      Erica

      A tip from the very top! Thank you travel guru! x

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    Charlotte O’Brien

    I always buy a new toy for the plane that my 3 year old can open on the flight and play with… Usually something from our local supermarket, be it a £1.50 toy car he has been eyeing up for ages. Also I download lots of apps on the iPad… and make sure they don’t go to your iCloud as then you can’t use them on the flight!

    • avatar
      Erica

      That’s actually worth knowing re the iCloud – I wouldn’t have thought of that! Thanks Charlotte x

  • avatar
    Alison

    Download ‘Handbrake’ on to your computer/mac a few weeks before your departure date. You can then convert all those favourite kids DVDs you own to watch on the iPad or iPhone rather than paying again to download them from iTunes. Worked a treat when my 2 yr old refused to sleep on a night flight home from Barbados. 6 hours of Peppa Pig and we were back in the UK with no jet lag. Plus, buy a little toy or two and wrap it up and bring it out when a meltdown looks likely. Also, my son loves to chose a toy himself at the airport and tends to play with it for hours afterwards (although we did end up with a giant, plastic Hamleys lorry last time we were on the eurostar!)

    • avatar
      Erica

      Oh wow, that’s an amazing tip Alison – thank you!

  • avatar
    Zoe

    I regularly fly alone with my toddler which can be quite stressful. The best piece of advice I was given was ‘don’t be afraid to ask for help’ people are surprisingly helpful, you just need to be brave. I have a gruffalo trunki and fill it with cheap toys/stickers etc but nothing too tiny as it’s difficult to retrieve stuff under the seat in front of you. Lollipops are good for take off and landing too for sore ears.

    • avatar
      Erica

      Thanks Zoe – top tips!

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