We're off to Tenerife all inclusive for a week with three kids aged 2, 4 and 6. First time abroad since we've had them as I don't really do holidays. Please could you give me any advice over what to pack. How many outfits should I pack. Do I need to take nappies? What about money, will our cards work or should we take travellers cheques?
Trick is to have a hand free atall times so handluggage-sized backpacks for all of you and one case/holdall per adult. If it doesn't all fit in that, there's too much. If it's all inclusive you probably won't leave the resort so you won't need to cover all eventualities. Pack one pair of shoes/flip flops each plus sensible ones on your feet. Roll everything, inc beach towels if hotel doesn't provide. Short viscose dresses are my travel essential - they don't wrinkle, they drape nicely and stay cool, dry quickly and you can pop a pair of cropped leggings under if you get chilly. A cheap long sleeved shrug (eg black) is good for folding up tiny and adding arms to an outfit if chilly.
I always take nappies as I don't want to trail round shops when get there looking for nappies, also swimming nappies. But lots of people buy on arrival, I had a hard job getting swim nappies in France. For a week I would take swim stuff, water suits for the 2 and 4 year old and 2 outfits per child per day. One outfit is shorts and t shirt and one is for the evening I.e cardigan and t shirt, trousers or dress and cardigan. Sunlotions, hats, sandals. Lots of people take less and wash stuff out, if you have a decent luggage allowance I would take enough stuff for the week. Have a great time
An outfit per day per child plus 2 extra. Pack nappies out of the pack over the top of your clothes. Pack nappies and change of clothes in hand luggage. All in one swimsuits ) high neck, down to knees) so there's not too much skin to cream up! Calpol/nurofen. Wipes in hand luggage. A pack of favourite snacks in hand luggage because even if you are AI, you can guarantee someone will be in need of something to eat at the most inconvenient time ! Have a fab time.
9 outfits per child for 3 kids?! Mine don't even own 9 different pairs of trousers/shorts! Ideally they'll be in swimwear most days anyway.
Re swim nappies they're for poo - pools are chlorinated enough to cope with wee. If you really can't predict a poo from a 2yr old, buy a washable one - lots of work-at-home-mums make them if you need an extra extra large one. You can sell it once it's outgrown. See the washable nappy buy&sell board.