June is usually that time of year when I start to look at the children’s wardrobes sort out the warm weather clothes and get the heavier jumpers and jeans packed away. We have a short break away coming up soon so I really must start getting things sorted for the children and myself and start to plan what I need to take and what the essentials might be for us this time around.
I try not to overpack clothes, although it’s hard not to take too many if truth be told. The children will have one outfit a day – Harry probably an extra one in case we have any ‘accidents’. I need to get them all some summer shoes and then I think they’re more or less sorted. For me I need to get some new t-shirts and some comfortable summer trousers – I like cropped trousers and really need another pair or two to see me through the summer. Along with sunglasses and hats, I think this year we don’t need to buy too much more, although I’m sure I’ll end up buying one or two new bits for them all.
With there being the five of us, days out can get expensive when you start adding in the cost of eating out in cafes. I still take the picnic stuff with us and this year I’ve got some new lunchboxes. I bought some stainless steel ones from A Slice of Green and these, along with our stainless steel bottles, will come with us. It really helps keep the costs down for us meaning we can enjoy a few extra treats whilst we are away.
Having the picnic gear and hats and sunglasses and jackets etc means we need a bag to carry around with us. I have a small backpack which we usually take with us as well as a larger bag which was actually the changing bag we had when Harry was a baby. It is really spacious and has done well for us over the last three years. It holds pretty much all we need for a day out with a bit of space for adding in any souvenirs the children collect on our adventures.
A big one for me is good footwear and it is one of the areas I really don’t scrimp on. Being out with the children all day can be pretty full on and there will always be one of them that needs carrying at some stage! I have a couple of pairs of really comfy shoes; trainers and walking boots as well as sandals. I try and look after my feet a bit better, especially given all the running I do at the moment and comfortable footwear is key for me.
Finally, the other absolute essential for me is a camera. I take lots of pictures and I love looking back at the adventures we have had. It’s a great way for the children to recall memories and, of course for Damian and I to remember them at various ages and stages.