After a fabulous couple of weeks on the Cunard Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, we have come away thinking that cruising is definitely the way forward for travelling abroad with children. There is so much available on board that it can be hard to know what to take with you for you and your children. I have written two posts to cover off everything you need to take with you. In the first post I listed my essentials for adults, and in this one I will be sharing the items you need for your children!
Travel Money / Cash for Tips
Some people are happy to just leave the tips that are automatically added on at the end of your trip, but the reality is that they aren't going to pin point the one or two staff members that make a difference to your individual trips. We made sure to give a cash tip directly to the girls who worked in the Kids Zone at the end of our cruise, as Squidgy spent a lot of time there and they were a fantastic team. Things like that make all the difference to someone who works on board a ship like this, so I feel it is an important addition to you must have list.
It is a big change for everyone when you go on holiday, especially if you are taking young ones with you, and even more so if it is their first time away like our cruise was for Little L. Having something that reminds them of home, or is a big part of their life such as their comfort blanket or favourite soft toy is super important for a smooth transition to sleeping somewhere new.
Toddler Toilet Seat
For parents like us who has a toilet trained toddler in tow, the issue of using a full sized adult toilet can cause a little bit of concern. We were considering taking the toilet seat that we bought for our bathroom at home, when I came across the awesome foldable travel toilet seat. This is not only a fabulous idea for travelling abroad on holiday, but folds small enough to tuck away inside your changing bag and take out with you whenever you leave the house.
It is inevitable that at one point or another you will need to have a pushchair. Whether is it because you are on a walking tour like the one that we went on in St Petersburg, and you know your toddler won't be able to keep up, or the simple reality of needing somewhere to carry the gear your child(ren) will reuire around with you, it's a good idea to have one with you. To be honest we didn't use it on board, but we certainly needed it when going ashore!
Don't forget you can check out my full review of the Babymule here.
Nimble Babies Milk Buster *
OK, so this is a picture of my husband using them, but they were really bought for Squidgy. She loved using them to look out to sea and try and spot things in the water from searching for sea creatures to playing "Try and Spot a Worker" when looking at oil rigs. John also enjoyed using them, especially in Kiel when he used them to people watch on the the Kiel boat week attendees!
Child Friendly Shampoo / Body Wash
Not only is this product the perfect choice thanks to the fact it combines hair and body wash, but my toddler loved it with its amazing foaming nature, and I love using it in the knowledge that it is made up of 98% natural ingredients.
For Summer Cruises (like ours!)
This may not be totally essential, if for example you are heading up North into the snow at Christmas, however for us it was definitely an essential item to be packed. It is worth making a note of the UVA rating of whichever product you choose to take as you could be surprised by the fact that some well known brands like Nivea are actually not as good as some own brands like the PS... range from Primark which is the one we chose to take with us.
Like with the suncream, these will only be necessary for certain times of year and destinations. They are fun and functional, and let's be honest, super cute!
When it comes to our children, you can never be too safe. It is so easy to not realise how hot it is, especially on board the ship itself and also in a lot of the ports where the sea breeze deceives you into thinking that it is cooler than it really is. Making sure your children are covered from the sun is definitely an important part of travelling. They needn't be too expensive either. Little L's was from Primark and Squidgy's from Peacocks and both were super budget buys.
Disclaimer: Although this post is written of my own volition, some of the products I have been sent for the purpose of testing them out for review. These products are highlighted by the use of an asterisk (*) beside them.