My 10 Travel Essential Wants And Needs

My 10 Travel Essential Wants And Needs

I adore planning holidays. I love researching, comparing reviews, checking blogs and making sure that those precious weeks escaping the rat race and spending time as a family are as perfect. As a large age range family this is no mean feat though, I have to make sure our break caters for everyone from preschooler to teenager with a pre teen in between. And then there’s me, chief holiday planner, cause if mama aint happy, ain’t nobody happy!

So lets say, for arguments sake, that I had to pick out 10 travel essential items which would ensure our holiday went as smoothly as possible. Where would you start? I know what mine would consist of…….


Friendly Holiday Reps

Having the security of well informed, friendly and happy holiday reps at your destination is a make or break for me. You’re in unfamiliar territory and having someone who you can go to for information, problems or just a cheery good morning should never been under estimated.

We’ve got that #fridayfeeling #mwmoment #summer

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Waterproof mascara 

Don’t think for one minute that I like to go out with my full war paint on during a break, far from it. But just a little mascara maketh the (wo)man and whether i’m swimming, sunbathing, sightseeing or skiing, panda eyes is not the order of the day.


Not just for me, this is an essential for all of us. I started encouraging my youngest to wear them last summer to protect his eyes. The older 2 are a little reluctant but I keep pairs in the car, at home and in my handbag. If I was to land in on a beach somewhere hot and sunny right now sans sunnies it’d be game over. THAT’s how essential they are!

Tangle Teaser Detangling comb

All that sun, ski and swim plays havoc on my barnet. A tangle teaser comb will go where no other comb or brush would dare to go. It’s also the best way for tackling my toddler’s bed head without any trauma.


Sun suit

Summer holidays should be all about relaxing the rules and enjoying the moment. So taking out any worry factors in a biggie. I love sunsuits which protect my toddler’s delicate skin. My tween and teenager are quite partial to UV tops too, luckily, as it stops any embarrassing moments of mum running after them with suncream to top up their backs. It’s a lesser of two evils.

I think that a sun suit is a travel essential for a holiday with toddlers

Universal iPhone charger

Yes, I know, holidays should be all about leaving your smart phones at home and spending quality time as a family, I get that. But iPhones are also really good cameras and rather than lug my bulky DSLR camera around, I’d rather pack my phone in my pocket and go. So a universal charger is a must.

A clean modern hotel or villa

….with family safety paramount. I’m hesitating at saying a home from home as a holiday is about experiencing something different form the usual. Comfy beds and clean bedding are a must. Have a peak at my Pinterest board if you need a little more of an idea of what I’m hankering for.

A pillow protector

“What?” you say “an essential, are you sure?” ummm, yep. To me it is. You see the thought of lying on a pillow with the drool remininants of the previous guests is a niggling yuk of mine so if I can put an extra centimetre between said drool and my cheek then I’m willing to sacrifice some suitcase space for my own pillow protector. That’s got you thinking now, hasn’t it!

P20 suncream

I use this sunscreen every summer. It’s a one stop shop in the morning to afternoon, I do top up though, I’m not willing to gamble sun damage to test out a theory to see if it does what it says on the tin (bottle.) 

Free wifi

(See iPhone charger above) I’m playing devils advocate here on what a family holiday should be. But let’s be honest here, anyone who’s holidayed with a teenager knows that they would crumble at the thought of not being able to Snap Chat their finest moments. It’s like a modern day postcard. I’d bargain some phone / iPad free time into the mix, but that free wifi will have it’s uses. Like getting inspiration for last minute things to do locally, or checking reviews on places to eat.

This is an entry to the Mark Warner Holiday Ambassador Programme. 



  1. 27th February 2017 / 7:58 am

    Think I’ve had to buy a new pair of sunnies on nearly every holiday I’ve been on. So annoying to forget them:(

  2. 27th February 2017 / 9:48 am

    Sun suits are such a good idea, we used to use those when the kids were little. I want one for me haha!

  3. 27th February 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I can deal without my phone to a certain extent but I do like to have wifi for a bit at least

    • 27th February 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks Renee, it really got me thinking what I’d need when it comes down to the bare reality basics!

  4. 27th February 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Tangle Teezer’s are perfect, I use them on my own hair. It is definitely something you need to go on holiday!

    • 27th February 2017 / 8:58 pm

      They’re a lifesaver aren’t they. I was introduced by my sister who uses them on her daughter’s hair without any grumbles.

  5. 28th February 2017 / 8:05 am

    Aw, I absolutely LOVE that you’ve included holiday reps. I was one for six years and most of the time, it is a very unappreciated job! I also spend so much time planning our holidays, even weekends away – Trip Advisor, recommendations, you name it! Great tips – such good advice!

    • 28th February 2017 / 8:08 am

      Thank you Tracy, getting on well with your rep has been the making of some of my holidays, I always make the most of their knowledge too. As for trip advisor…that’s a deal clinchers isn’t it!

  6. 28th February 2017 / 11:59 am

    Oh, a tangle teaser and spray conditioner was a must for me when I used to scuba dive all the time. I love your ideas and photo’s. The one of the MW staff is really inspiring

    • 28th February 2017 / 7:17 pm

      I never thought of spray conditioner, must put that as an added extra. My long wavy hair goes crazy in the heat!

  7. 28th February 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Some great ones in here, especially waterproof mascara. Too busy thinking about the little persons stuff that is one I would definitely forget! x

  8. 28th February 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Well now everyone is on Amazon putting a pillow protector on their basket!! Haha. I love the look of those sun suits! Must look into those too. Best of luck sweetie xx

  9. 1st March 2017 / 9:43 pm

    I think I need a tangle teaser. My hair becomes so difficult on a seaside holiday.

  10. 1st March 2017 / 10:27 pm

    Definitely with you on the free wifi! Good luck!

  11. 4th March 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Hahaha!!! Pillow protector — that made me laugh 😉 I remembered that you’re the girl that *also* likes to take their own pillow away with them!!!!! I’ve always liked to take my own pillow, if there’s space in the case! LOL! Fab list chickie — I don’t know where we’d have been without the boys’ sun-suits last summer — a DEFINITE must-have for littles!! I’ve really enjoyed being a Mark Warner ambassador (it’s the best job ever) and looking at all the entries for this year’s recruits has been fabulous! Best of luck — fingers crossed!! xx

    • 5th March 2017 / 9:27 am

      I am the pillow girl! We’ll remember Caro ?I think I’ve developed a serious fear of other people’s drool. Sunsuits were my saviour for my beach loving dude last year

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