Thursday 2 July 2015

Life Unexpected: Top Travel Essentials

Tunisia Hammamet Mirage Beach

Travelling is a really exciting time, getting overseas and experiencing new cultures and ways of life. It's certainly not something that we should take for granted. Especially when we have it handed to us as easily as we do, while we were away in Tunisia I was shocked to discover just how difficult it is for Tunisian citizens to leave the country. Many of them have never left for one reason or another, and so many of them have dreams that involve visiting distant parts of the world, or even just to see what life is like in the United Kingdom.

For my family of 3 to travel we need to plan. Planning forms the basis of absolutely everything we do, and going on holiday requires planning, additional planning and then just another smidgen of planning for good measure.

How do you you decide what you need to take with you? I personally think it's wise to pack for every eventuality, you really don't know what you might need, what situations may arise, what excursions you may find yourself venturing off on.

Holiday Essentials

Sun Care & Essentials

I have traveled to a few places where I haven't felt to great, whether it's because of the food or because I have mistakenly drank some of the water in the past, I don't know. I didn't want to take any chances with Tunisia, it was to be the first time I have been abroad in a few years, and I was determined to enjoy every moment! I started taking Bio-Culture a few days before we flew out, it's a probiotic supplement that aims to protect you against tummy upsets that are particularly common when you travel. It basically works by helping to balance out the bacteria in your stomach, and it was really easy to take while I was away. It comes in the form of tablets that you just have to swallow with water, they didn't need refrigerating which made them really handy.

Tip: Great items to keep in your handbag:

- Migrastick is a natural solution to quickly relieve pain and headache in a chic and practical pocket format. 

Zap-It Mosquito Bite Relief - I usually get eaten alive if there are Mosquitoes about. Egypt was especially bad, they just loved me. Luke had nothing to show for it, but I had bites all over my legs. Of course being young, I had not packed for the occasion. This time I was ready for everything...And they left me alone!

- Gin Gin's are candies, candies made out of Ginger. Now I love Ginger and add it to absolutely everything. These were interesting and were great to keep in my bag,

Holiday Essentials

While were on the subject of tummy upsets, I would say it's always best to over prepared just in case. Luke always seems to go down with one, always. I had brought along Enterosgel Tummy Bug Gel which was a product I had never heard of before.

It was said to help with a number of different aspects:

- Helps to stop diarrhoea or shortens the duration of diarrhoea;
- Reduces or prevents toxic and allergic reactions;
- Relieves symptoms of indigestion;
- Helps to restore beneficial intestinal microflora;
- Protects gastrointestinal mucous membrane and promotes healing of its lesions;
- Reduces the toxic load on the liver and kidneys.

Luke can confirm that he was indeed poorly, and that this really did help. In fact he couldn't stop raving about it while we were away!

In terms of suncare we took so much with us, different varieties for Leo, myself and for Luke. We swore by Aldi's Kids cream for Leo, it was factor 50 and was absolutely amazing. I slathered Leo in it throughout the day and he didn't burn once. It really did the job, even on the day where we spent hours out off roading on quad bikes! I was so impressed with it, and for the small amount of money that it costs, it really is worth it.

Luke was all about the P20 Suncream, he has always been an avid user since I met him. I remember him insisting on us having to have this brand in our case before we jetted off to Egypt many years ago. We had two different factors with us and he monopolized them both.

For me my heart lay with Palmers, I have adored them ever since I was pregnant with Leo and my morning, and evening ritual for that matter was to smother myself in the cocoa butter. I had made it my personal mission to evade stretch marks, and this was how I was going to do it! I never did get any stretch marks, but whether it was down to my military routine, or because of genetics I will never how. Anyway I digress... I took away some Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula SPF 15 Body Lotion with Vitamin E, and it has the great smell that you associate with Palmers. It always reminds me of being on holiday. A great product that nourishes, moisturises and tones my skin, but also actively protects against UV rays

Travel bags

For Luke and I we always tend to borrow suitcases from relatives, but we were aware that now Leo was that little bit older and had substantially more things that he was going to have to take with him, it was going to be important to have a special suitcase to hold his worldly possessions. I fell in love with the Little Life Dinosaur Wheelie Duffle. It was just adorable, it has been designed at the right size and height for a preschooler to pull along with ease. Leo was so excited about the idea of taking it with him, it arrived after we had already left to go to the airport, but since we have got home Loe has been so excited about wheeling it around the house. I know that he is going to be looking forward to using it when we return to Tunisia in the next few months (I am determined to go back!),

The Dinosaur Duffle retails at £39.99.

Holiday Essentials

I have always loved how fun and practical the Little Life brand is, when Leo was younger we had the Dinosaur Day Sack for him, and it proved a very trusty and handy addition as he grew and wanted to do more walking.


Keeping and feeling safe when you are out of your comfort zone is so important. Having just traveled to Tunisia, arriving back in the wake of the awful goings on that have been all over the news, the Easylock may provide additioal reassurance where it's needed.

The Easylock is a simple but incredibly strong temporary door lock. The core of the lock is manufactured from chromium plated steel, encased in strong ABS plastic with a soft plastic edge.  The latch plate is manufactured from high strength stainless steel as is the sliding mechanism, ensuring that the lock will never fail under attack.

Holiday Essentials

These are some of our essential items that we wouldn't want to travel without. When we do venture out overseas it is good to know that you have everything that you could need, just in case. Prepare a small first aid kit, take your basic paracetamol and ibuprofen. It may sound silly but you never know. I ended up dosing up on painkillers while we were away because my wisdom tooth decided to start moving around. Yes I am a 25 year old parent who is TEETHING! I really under estimated just how painful it could be, but being prepared meant that I could tackle it.

What are your top travel essentials?

Tunisia Mirage Beach Hotel

Disclaimer: I was sent the above products in exchange for my honest opinions.

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