The staycation is proving to be the saviour of our summer this year. With abroad travel still looking uncertain, many families are looking slightly closer to home to get their vacation fix this year. From Cornish cream teas to Devon coves and the Welsh wilderness, the UK is having it’s moment in the spotlight and we are totally here for it!
But changeable British weather and coastal terrain means you need more than a bikini and flip-flops to enjoy time outdoors as a family in Britain. Nevertheless, with the right kit, you’ll be set up for a day at the beach with happy children in tow. We round up the essential ingredients for a fuss-free family holiday in Great Britain.
The Phil & Teds Lobster is the perfect portable highchair. It simply attaches to any table or bench top with it’s strong clamps whether it's at home, out at the park or in restaurants.
If your staycation accommodation doesn’t come with a cot or space for your little one to sleep then you’re going to need a travel cot. Our go to is always the Bugaboo Stardust. It’s impressive one second “pop-up” unfold makes family travel super easy, plus it has a handy two layer feature to suit your little one’s changing needs as they grow.
Pop up tent
A beach tent will be a saviour for those family days on the beach. Not only do they provide shade, SPF protection and a base for the day, they’ll also protect you from wind if the weather isn’t on your side. The Babymoov anti-UV tent is a brilliant option thanks to it’s easy pop-up system, easy fold down instructions and UPS50+ protection blocking 99% of harmful UVA and UVB rays from your little one.
Portable bottle warmer
The babymoov Nutri Smart Bottle Warmer makes it quicker and less complicated to heat up your little one's milk and food on the move. It heats baby bottles, pouches of breast milk or baby food jars in the minimum time needed, using the most appropriate method of heating at home or on the go. It powers up using main supply for at home, or plugged into the cigarette lighter for in the car.
Long car journeys and little ones aren’t always the most enjoyable experience (we’ve all been there)! So, help the holiday get off to a good start by giving your little one a Toniebox to keep them entertained for the journey and rest of the holiday too. Tonies is perfect for on the go with it’s 7 hours of battery life and ability to play stories without the need for WiFi connection. Just be aware, you will need WiFi connection when you originally set up the Toniebox and when you are using a new character for the first time so it can download it’s content properly. Other than that, there is no need for a WiFi connection to enjoy the Tonies content.
There is also a handy headphone jack so your little one can listen to their Toniebox without the rest of the car needing to listen too (yippee)!
Weather appropriate clothes
It is more than likely that the weather is going to be, well, typically British. So it’s best to be prepared and look ahead at the forecast in the area you are going to so you can make sure you have weather appropriate clothes.
For warmer weather you will need
- Sun hat
- Children sunglasses
- Beach shoes/sandals
- Swim wear
- Swim nappies
- Loose fitting cotton tops
For wetter weather
If you are lucky enough for the sun to show it’s face on your staycation then you’re going to need some sun cream suitable for children. Young skin is much more sensitive to sun damage than adult skin so make sure you are on top of the sun cream application regularly and choose a high SPF. Remember children under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight as much as possible. Shop children sun cream.
The beach is a world of fun and adventure for your little one, so help them make the most of it and enjoy hours of fun with a range of beach toys. We love the beach set from Liewood and Play Toys.
We also love bringing along our babymoov inflatable pool with us to the beach for our smaller little ones. It means they can have lots of water play and fun, without need to go into the sea. It's light, inflatable, easy to store and transport so perfect for vacations. Plus, it's ideal for making bath times easy wherever you're staying too!
Snacks, snacks and more snacks are a pretty key ingredient to make a day out to the beach a success. We always pack an insulated bag to keep all those snacks, bottles, food and drink at the right temperature for longer. Our choice every time is the Pacapod feeder pods. It’s the perfect size for a day trip out, not too big but not too small, it’s whole inner section is fully insulated to keep bottles warm and food cool, plus they come in a variety of different prints. They can be used on their own, or you can use them as part of the pod system synonymous with Pacapod changing bags for ultimate convenience.
We love an all in one product that does the thinking for you, which is why the babymoov care kit is one of our tip picks for staycations. It includes 9 everyday baby care essentials to help you keep your baby healthy and happy when on the move. It includes; nail file, soft hairbrush, teething ring, gum massager, small scissors, bath thermometer, nose-cleaner, digital thermometer and baby nail clippers all in a handy travel pouch with extra pockets.