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Must Have Items For Your 2020 Family Holiday

It’s cold, it’s wet and extremely dark out there. But, it’ll soon be Spring, right? If you’re finding yourself reminiscing about days filled with sunshine, flip flops and sun hats then you’re not alone! Short, dark days can leave us all feeling miserable, ill and longing for sunshine. Which is why more and more families are taking full advantage of low flight fares, cheap package holidays and the low deposits at this time of year in preparation for their 2020 family holiday.

We all love having something to look forward to don’t we? It’ll certainly help us get through the dark mornings and darker evenings! So, in preparation for your first family holiday in 2020, check out these must have items you shouldn’t leave home without.

Travel Insurance 

Travel insurance is just as important as your passports and flight tickets. So, don’t leave home without it. It’s important that you take out a policy that covers you and your family for issues such as lost luggage, cancelled holidays and delayed flights as well as medical emergencies and health problems abroad – check out United Healthcare Travel Insurance for why travel protection is imperative for a family holiday. By taking out a policy that covers you for every and any eventuality, it means you have complete peace of mind and you’re free to enjoy your holiday without worry! 

Family First Aid Kit

As you probably know, having small children means that you have to be prepared for everything. Which means minor illnesses, mishaps and accidents whilst you’re away from home. Having a first aid kit to hand means that you can deal with any incidents quickly and then let everyone get on with their holiday. Pack a first aid kit that includes items such as, plasters, pain killers (suitable for children), antihistamines, travel sickness medicines, thermometers, antiseptic wipes. 


Sure, you can use the freebies in your hotel room, or opt to buy some items when you’re there, but do you really want all that hassle? Packing the following items will make life a little easier:

  • Hairbrush/hair ties/ clips
  • Lip balms
  • Kids shampoo/shower products
  • Skin products
  • Razors 
  • Tweezers
  • Contact lenses – with spare sets! 
  • Glasses – a pair with transition lenses can save you from having to take regular glasses and sunglasses

Your Travel Documents

The last thing anyone wants is for your much anticipated holiday to fall at the first hurdle. Make sure you have everyone’s passport to hand and that they’re in date! Don’t leave home without these essential travel documents.

  • Passports 
  • Visas
  • Travel/medical/insurance documents 
  • Hotel reservations
  • Flight reservations 
  • Credit cards and information required to cancel if they go missing etc

It’s also a good idea to take secondary copies of these documents. Just in case the first set go missing! 

Things To Keep The Kids Entertained

Whether you’re travelling by car or by plane, keeping the kids entertained whilst on the road will make the journey much smoother for everyone. 

  • iPad/tech – don’t forget the chargers!
  • Soft toys
  • Colouring books and pencils
  • Activity packs
  • Bath toys
  • Books
  • Pool toys 

What are your must haves for a family holiday? 



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