Where will you be spending Christmas this year? Some of us may opt to either get away from it all with a spot of winter sun ( are we jealous? YES!) but many tend to stay a little closer to home, with a few overnight breaks dotted in here and there to accommodate family. Whether you're headed far and wide, or whether you're booked in at the in-laws this year, there's no denying you're going to need to get organised. Here are our top three tips for travelling at Christmas.
Make a list, and check it twice...
This time of year, there's SO MUCH to remember. If you don't write it down, you're going to forget, so make this the first and most important tip you take away from this post. When you go away at Christmas, even if only for just one night, you need to remember at least the following:
- Clothes for you
- Clothes for baby
- Toiletries for you
- Toiletries for baby
- Nappies, wipes and feeding equipment
- First aid kit
- Sterlising equipment
- Comforters and blankets
- Christmas presents
- Christmas cards
- Letters to Santa/ mince pies and carrots for Christmas Eve
- Sellotape and wrapping paper (unless you're super organised and have already wrapped...)
And this list may go on and on. You travel with more stuff than ever when kids are involved, so get used to it. Make packing for you and baby a LOT easier with the Baby & Me washbag- it has two separate sections that are colour coded so you can keep your tweezers away from baby nail clippers. Its wipe clean and comes with two BPA free bottles that are perfect for travel. Head to Amazon now to get your hands on one for the special price of just £15 while stocks last.
Take some home comforts with you
Lots of kids can find it hard to settle down for sleep at Christmas, and especially if you're in a strange place. Likewise, younger babies can pick up on changes in atmosphere, so its a really good idea to make this as 'homely' as you can. Make sure you bring along your little one's favourite toys, blankets and comforters so that when it comes to settling down for the night, things are as calm and relaxed as possible. Don't forget your handsfree towel for peaceful, more relaxed baby bathtimes, and your character towels for toddlers and bigger kids to keep the bedtime routine as fun as it is at home.
Shop smart for gifts
If you're planning to be away for Christmas Day, you're going to need to be clever about it. Lots of toys now come in the biggest boxes with so many fiddly ties and other bits and pieces that need fitting together or taking apart. If you're away from home you might not have all the equipment you need to tackle it all, and this can be bad news! Not only that, but all those big plastic boxes are going to take up a lot of room while you're travelling- so shopping smart is a must.
Ditch the plastic. Our beautiful child and toddler towels are 100% plastic free with recyclable packaging and they're truly gifts that last too. Shop our full range of gifts in our Christmas Shop to find out more about our bundles, toys and accessories. Opt for gifts such as books, clothing and smaller toys that are going to last the trip away- wooden toys always trump over plastic for longevity and are more likely to make journey in one piece.
As a plus, the brand new Cuddle Bundles make great gifts for new parents intending to be away for the festive period- each bundle features the Cuddle, sister product to our multi-award winning handsfree towel. The Cuddle has all the same features, but with a lighter finish for more compact packing and makes a great travel companion any time of the year.
So, are you ready? Get your list written, and start planning now!