13 Top Family Travel & Festival Essentials You Need to Pack

    With two years of no travel or festivals, family holidays and music festivals are back in full swing. To help you prepare, here’s everything you need to add to your family travel packing list.

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    Family Travel Packing Essentials

    Waterdrop Toddler Bottle, £29.90


    Aside from featuring five kid-friendly designs, these stainless-steel bottles include a specially designed spout (suitable for toddlers from 18 months), are leak-proof thanks to a special valve and are especially easy to clean – perfect to add to your family packing list for kids to drink on the plane.

    Buy now from Waterdrop

    Child’s Farm Shampoo and Body Wash Bars, £8


    We’ve all been there before – leaked shampoo all over the suitcase! These new body wash bars are perfect for packing in your bag, and have no plastic to help the planet, too.

    Buy now from Child’s Farm

    My 1st Years Personalised Ditsy Print Mini Backpack, £21


    Little ones will love this adorable personalised floral print mini backpack, perfect for little shoulders – and we love the option to personalise with their name.

    Buy now from My 1st Years

    Green People Family Sun Starter Pack, £20


    We love this natural, reef-safe sun cream trio pack with products for all the family, including SPF30 scent free sun cream and SPF15 sun lotion with tan accelerator and including ingredients like organic aloe vera, edelweiss, green tea and avocado.

    Buy now from Green People

    Polarn O. Pyret Underwater Print Kids Swimsuit, £26


    These bright, gorgeous swimwear prints are perfect for a family holiday and available in a variety of styles, including an Underwater Print Kids Swimsuit, Shark Print Swim Shorts and Rash Vest. Much of the range also offers UPF50 protection, which is the best UV protection available in a fabric, so parents can be rest assured they are dressing their little ones in high quality, super safe and ethical swimwear.

    Buy now from Polarn O. Pyret

    Next Rainbow Printed Cotton Dress (3-16yrs), from £38


    We’re loving this adorable rainbow printed cotton dress for summer evenings abroad.

    Buy now from Next

    The Whizzer Portable Toilet, £18.99


    Whizzer is a portable kids toilet, a game-changer for potty training, with toddlers taking ownership over their handheld toilet thanks to the clever design.

    The Whizzer is a cost-effective travel companion that is consciously made to last a family for years.  The innovative product not only uses soft silicone to mould around the body for comfort and privacy, but once used it can be sealed for a leakproof solution compact enough to fit any bag.

    The large capacity means that it can hold the contents of an average eight-year-old’s full bladder, making it a must-pack for any family day out with growing kids. Long car journeys, trips on public transport, days out with beaches and picnics are all made easier without the need to halt plans to search for a loo at a moment’s notice.

    The entire range of successful mum-made products is stocked on the brand’s own Kiddiwhizz website, and many other online retailers, including Amazon, stock individual colours. Or grab one in-store at JoJo Maman Bebe shops across the UK.

    Buy now from JoJo Maman Bébé

    Family Festival Packing Essentials

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    Credit: Wilderness Festival (2016)

    If you’re lucky enough to be heading to a festival this summer with the family, you’d better start thinking about all the bits and bobs you should take. Aside from the obvious – tent, snacks, sleeping bag, etc – we’ve rounded up some more essentials that might not immediately come to mind, but you’ll be glad you packed once you’re there…

    Mini Rodini Future Cap, £32


    These cool trucker cap with embroidery in the front made from 100% recycled polyester and the cap is adjustable in the back for the perfect fit and to keep your little ones safe from the sun.

    Buy now from Mini Rodini

    Izipizi Sun Kids Plus Sunglasses Light Blue, £26


    Sunglasses are an essential for festivals so you can see the stage even when the sun’s shining! Kids will love these stylish options from Izipizi.

    Buy now from Smallable

    John Lewis & Partners Shell Print Extra Large Picnic Rug in Multi, £30


    A picnic rug is an essential for setting up camp for a snooze or snack pretty much anywhere at a festival.

    Buy now from John Lewis

    Crossbuggy in Seabreeze, £490


    This wagon is perfect for giving tired little legs a break at a festival – and store drinks, snacks and other essentials!

    Buy now from Yippie Yo

    Stella McCartney Kids White Dalmatian Spots Cape, £66.50


    A raincoat is an obvious essential – because if you’re at a festival in England, you’re very likely to encounter some drizzle! We love this stylish Stella McCartney number.

    Buy now from Alex and Alexa

    CeLaVi Blue Elephant Rain Boots, £26


    These super cute wellies are perfect for traversing the inevitable muddy puddles at festivals (or just jumping in them)!

    Buy now from Children Salon

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