Help! Abroad for the First Time with The DCs.....

(52 Posts)
moonblushtomato Tue 24-Apr-12 19:51:34

Off to Spain in June and am starting to think about what to pack. LOs are 3 and 5.

Here goes.....

Calpol, plasters, sun cream, after sun, sticker books to keep them occupied at dinner, ........agh! Have I forgotten anything essential??

Arm bands!!

Portofino Tue 24-Apr-12 20:05:59

Lot of hats. Stacking cups from ELC take up no room and have multiple uses - from sandcastles to hairwashing....I would take some child friendly immodium type stuff and anti-histamine.

wigglesrock Tue 24-Apr-12 20:11:40

Go to Poundland/B&M and buy cheap water toys, goggles, floats, beach balls, etc and pack them. Will save you a fortune. I'm a huge sticker book lover. Again buy 2 pencil cases and fill them with cheap crayons, pencils etc, notebooks - use them on the plane as well.

A few new cheap toys to entice them inside when its really warm, they can be mustard to get out of the pool. You will have a fab time, best time ever in our house going on holiday with the dcs - mine were 5 and 3 last year and the baby came too grin

wearymum200 Tue 24-Apr-12 20:18:02

Dioralyte, antiseptic lotion, motion sickness pills. The works and Poundland also good for sticker books. Plastic water bottles you can carry everywhere. Cheap pack small raincoats.

moonblushtomato Tue 24-Apr-12 20:19:09

Yes, dioralyte (tho it tastes bloody awful and can never ever get it down them!) just in case of the dreaded runs.

Have already bought 2 blow up beach balls from Poundland - fab! Will go back and get some goggles!

Love the idea of the pencil cases too, watch out Poundland, I'm coming back!!

Thanx wiggles I'm really looking forward to it in a nervous/anxious/panic stricken kind of way!! Just bought a couple of sticker books from Amazon about holidays and airports.

Thought about wrapping up some cheap toys for the flight too??

Can't wait to catch some rays away from this endless deluge......hmm

moonblushtomato Tue 24-Apr-12 20:20:29

wearymum of course - good old Savlon, known as "magic cream" chez nous!

Might buy raincoats but don't want to jinx the weathergrin

Kristina2 Tue 24-Apr-12 20:25:43

Sun proof clothing, lots of cheap hats and t shirts. No need for aftersun, dont let them get too much sun. Stay in for your siesta bwteen 12-2

moonblushtomato Tue 24-Apr-12 20:31:50

Definitely need to buy some hats, not sure about the sun proof clothing. I've bought some factor 50, surely that will suffice??

wigglesrock Tue 24-Apr-12 20:33:37

I'll be honest I never went mad on the clothes, cheap T-shirts, shorts, a couple of swimming costumes. I will put my hand on my heart and say I have never brought a raincoat, grin hoodies which they wore on the plane did them and I think one night they needed them when we sat out to watch the mini disco [shudder] grin

Mine always liked those towelling robe things after swimming, we used to yank them out of the pool around 12, strip them, stick their towelling dresses on and head back for a sleep.

I brought a tube of travel wash with me for cleaning up the odd t-shirt that had got Slushie all over it but had to be worn again and it was really handy when one of the girls was sick once.

Ponders Tue 24-Apr-12 20:35:09

The sun in Spain in June is fierce. If you can't entice them inside between 12-2ish then then those sunproof suits mean you won't have to worry quite so much

You will have a fab time smile

which bit of Spain is it?

wigglesrock Tue 24-Apr-12 20:37:36

Sorry x posted I only used the sun suits when mine were baby babies grin Loose t-shirts that cover shoulders, necks etc, same with hat. My dd2 was terrible to keep a hat on but she loved bandanas whick kept her head covered. I never went as high as a factor 50, but I kept them out of any prolonged sun for the 1 - 3.30pm period and I reapplied suncream and watched them in the water with the sun.

Kristina2 Tue 24-Apr-12 20:42:44

Suncream is great as lomg as you reappply it very often, especially if they are in and out the water.

moonblushtomato Tue 24-Apr-12 22:25:35

wiggle yes I love the idea of those towelling cover up things. Just seen one in Boden but am wondering if anywhere else sells them somewhat cheaper??

A great idea to have a rest out of the sun in the afternoon too.

We are going to Menorca where I'm not sure if we'll be guaranteed hot sun? Might be wrong as haven't been abroad for 7 years!!!

Also hoodies/light jackets are a good idea for the plane, as I remembergrin it can get a bit chilly up there!

wigglesrock Tue 24-Apr-12 22:34:02

I have always gotten mine from Next or M&S. I was a bit sceptical about them at first but mine love them, but I would get the ones that have sides not the poncho ones if that makes sense grin.

Menorca will be hot. We usually go to Ibiza in May/June and its hot for us.

Ponders Tue 24-Apr-12 22:36:42

Menorca shouldn't be as hot as the mainland (good choice smile)

but June is when the sun is highest & burniest, so def be cautious with sunscreen & covering up either side of midday

have a rummage around Average high in June is 24, so it can be quite a bit hgher (but OTOH it's a small island so the sea breeze cools things down)

moonblushtomato Tue 24-Apr-12 22:48:30

Strangely just been looking at next website and they have them for girls for alot less than Boden - surprise surprise!

Tho they don't seem to do them for boys...maybe it'll have to be a towelling poncho?

Kristina2 Wed 25-Apr-12 10:09:15

We go to greece in june and our kids hardly wear any proper clothes at all. They spend most of the day at the beach and the pool, wearimg hats, sunglasses, board shorts and sunproof t shirts. They dry very quiclky when they come out of the water, so they dont have to get changed all the time. They hate having to stop playing to get changed and apply more cream.

Ours also do a lot of childrens activities at the hotel we go to and they have to be covered up for those.I guess its different if you will be doing lots of sightseeing , shopping, dining out etc as you will be in the shade a lot of the time. Being on/beside the water intensifies the risk of burning

With the clothing you oly have to cream their lower legs, lower arms and faces/necks. You do of course have to endure the looks of the spanish/italian/russian parenst whose children will be naked except for a bandana. But i can only assume they have different skin as their rates of skin cancer are lower.

Hope you have a great holiday!

girlywhirly Wed 25-Apr-12 11:35:00

Comics are light and easily folded into a bag, usually have a free 'toy' too. Handy for boring queues to entertain and quick to put away.

Yes to a tube of travel wash. Even if no-one is ill, there are always food/drink spills, and you can get away with packing less underwear if you do a couple of quick hand washes a week.

The weather will be hot even if it doesn't seem so. If you are worried about rain, get some kagoules that pack up really small from somewhere like Millets, if the temperature should drop and it is wet, they can be worn over a sweatshirt or fleece. This is also true of returning home and stepping off the plane to a deluge!

Hersetta Wed 25-Apr-12 13:50:26

The £1 shop do a pack of disposable waterproof poncho's - 3 for £1.

We have bickets and spades from £1 shop - they also do child friendly mosquito repellent bands to wear in the evening.

lop37 Wed 25-Apr-12 14:56:57

You will need mosquito repellent in Menorca! The local pharmacies sell all the things you have listed above, and all speak excellent English, if you want to make room in your suitcase for something else!

noramum Wed 25-Apr-12 15:54:53

We went twice to Majorca and both times the pharmacies spoke English and can sell the same things you buy here.

We took Calpol with us as DD has the tendency to need it in the middle of the night so I have at least something handy.

Books, crayons, colouring book for entertainment in restaurants and on the plane.

I bought UV50 suits as DD never stayed under the sunshade, she wanted to build a sandcastle and a moat. As we have a history of skin problems and skin cancer in the family I am overprotective about it.

Nothing to add to all the excellent suggestions here, just wanted to post to say have a great time!

I'm hoping to take DS (5) away for the first time, and have just read through getting more and more excited.
Love holiday stuff shopping! grin

moonblushtomato Wed 25-Apr-12 21:04:34

Comics - a great idea, think I might wrap a couple for the plane. Take a couple for restaurants along with loads of sticker books!!

Thanx, had forgotten about the dreaded mozzies!!

Travel wash another good idea and LOVE the Poundshop ponchos!!

Thanx veggies for dual excitement post!! I love shopping full stop so "Holiday Shopping" is even more exciting. Just been paid so am off tomorrow to get MYSELF a few nice bits!!

Another question from Travelling for Dummies....whats the deal with stuff you can't take in your hand luggage on the plane? (YES it really has been that long since I've been airborne!) Am I right in thinking no bottles of water - eek, a good slurp of water always calms my nerves shock

wigglesrock Wed 25-Apr-12 21:11:33

You can buy water airside and bring it on, oh and bring a couple of empty juice flask things kids have to pour water/juice into on the plane. My lovely dd2 managed to tip a whole water bottle onto herself and me 10 mins into a flight blush

I always bring shorts in my hand luggage for the girls to change into when we reach the sunny side grin

ENormaSnob Wed 25-Apr-12 21:17:41

You can buy bottled water after passport control.

I always take a spare pair of clothes and a set of swimwear in hand luggage just in case there are any luggage issues.

hifi Wed 25-Apr-12 21:42:35

I have found the chemists in Spain to be fabulous for any minor complaint.dont worry about the medicines.

i have always taken a portable DVD player for Dds,it's great late afternoon when they are getting tired. Also attracts potential friends,we put a towel in a shaded area and they have an hours rest.

Snacks,I take loads,little biscuits etc or buy when there. Are you self catering/hotel?

I take full extra outfit for dd who is 3,also extra t shirt for dh as strangly every trip he gets something on him.

Wet wipes/nappies are very expensive in Spain so take plenty.i have never been able to find nappy sack either.

I always pack buckets and spades as they are expensive out there,both my Dds love a plastic tea set as well.
It's a short flight,I always use my hand luggage allowance for heavy items.

moonblushtomato Wed 25-Apr-12 22:08:44

Good idea re shorts. Think we arrive in menorca at lunchtime, so, all being well it'll be baking hot!

We're going all-inclusive but still like the idea of little snacks, cheeselets etc, DCs never seem to stop eating!

lop37 Wed 25-Apr-12 22:18:35

Which resort are you staying at moon?

hifi Wed 25-Apr-12 22:18:38

If ai,I take bananas/yoghurts/pastries at breakfast as sometimes all that's available is pizza and chips.

moonblushtomato Wed 25-Apr-12 22:47:11

lop37 its called the Leibeg and Mestral apartments (or summat!)

Hope its all gonna be ok......

hifi thats a superb idea, yes I can imagine its not gonna be the healthiest week in our livessmile

moonblushtomato Wed 25-Apr-12 22:49:01

Just been looking on MN holiday check list and wondered where I can get a European Health Insurance card???? Is this the same as the old E111?

hifi Wed 25-Apr-12 22:50:45

Yes the e111.

Ponders Wed 25-Apr-12 22:59:38

yes, but you can get an EHIC easily online, you don't have to go to the PO

but DON'T PAY FOR IT -when you google, the first few links up are 'helpful' agencies who'll charge you a tenner

look for an actual nhs site smile

Ponders Wed 25-Apr-12 23:00:47
lop37 Wed 25-Apr-12 23:03:16

in cala Blanca? The European health card can be applied for through the NHS website, I think, it will entitle you to free emergency care. I think just to see the private doctor is 60 euros. You would have to pay that upfront in resort then claim it back later, so better to use the local hospital instead!
hope you won't need to though!

girlywhirly Thu 26-Apr-12 08:41:29

I got our EHIC's free of charge from the NHS website, very easy to do.

DH and I take shorts, top and some underwear in hand luggage in case our hold luggage gets lost. Good to know that you have something to change into if there should be a food or drink spill on the plane as well. I like those trousers that you can roll up to 3/4 length to travel in, so often we have an early a.m. flight and it's cold, then really hot on arrival at the destination.

GiantPuffball Thu 26-Apr-12 08:46:03

Piriton, you can only get it on prescription in Spain. Inflatables from the pound shop.

CaurnieBred Thu 26-Apr-12 13:18:47

Take talc as really good for drying intimate areas and to get sand off if you go to the beach.

For the age of your kids I would recommend a little plastic teaset for them to play with in the babypool: DD used to love playing with hers.

Fluffy1234 Thu 26-Apr-12 13:57:53

When my DC were younger I used to buy new cheap art and sticker bits before we went away and give it to the children gradually during the holiday to keep things fresh.

moonblushtomato Fri 27-Apr-12 21:25:27

Love the tea set idea caurniebred!!

Our flight is at 6:30AM!! So also like the idea of rolly uppy trousers.

Got out all the DCs summer clothes today to see what they need, can't wait to go shopping now!!

pigleychez Mon 30-Apr-12 13:17:51

Great thread! We are venturing on our first trip abroad with the girls in June too. Off for a week in sunny Majorca (hopefully!)
Flying with kids is a whole different ballgame! Its been 5years since DH and I flew too!

Been reading and taking notes along. Some fab ideas! Also pleased to say that i already have alot of it on my list already. smile Must be on the right track!

Have sunsuits with matching hats!- DD1 (3.5) picked the dayglow one so there will be no losing her on the beach! On that note.. anyone used any wristband type things with a phone number on in case they get lost??

Girls have towelling ponchos as their swimming towels anyway so they are sorted. Moon- we got our Character ones from .-£5 each!

Im in the middle of filling both Dh's and my ipads with kids apps so that should keep them busy on the flight anyway and just ordered an Otterbox case (think armour plated!) for mine to protect it from DD2 who will only just be 2!

Thankfully I stocked up on inflatables at the end of last summer when they were dirt cheap in anticipation and have a large ride on crocodile and various balls etc to take with us. The girls Dh and I will love them!

Dh has sorted the E111 cards so they are sorted too.

Ohhh im more organised than I thought! grin

moonblushtomato Mon 30-Apr-12 19:21:24

Wow pigley you are tres organised!!

Thanks for tip on!

I need to sort E111s.

OOhhh let's both hope the Balearics are behaving in June, they can be a bit hit and miss. But didn't want the heat of Greece or Turkey for first time abroad IYSWIM

I'm still not sure about these sunsuit things. They seem a bit over the top and I always associate them with children with skin conditions, or am I just not with it? My eldest is 14 so kinda missed that boat.

PS just looked at your profile, your girls are boootiful!! My 2 LOs are 22 months apart and, just like I thought, this means that they play together all the time.......hmm

pigleychez Mon 30-Apr-12 20:17:13

Hehe, oh yes Moon they are best friends! and also worst enemies!

Thanks for the comments smile They are very cute... but boy dont they know it! Madams!

The girls have sunsuits mainly as DD2 is about the inherit one from DD1 and DD1 insisted on having one too! We go through swimsuits like anything as the girls have weekly swimming lessons and have tons of costumes! Plus the idea of covered shoulders means not so much worry of sunburnt shoulders. DD1's new one (Minnie mouse) was from Matalan for about £10. Oh and they also have Poncho towels for £6.

We got an email today saying that the keys to our apartment have been sent to us so will have them in the next few days... Sooo exciting! smile

moonblushtomato Mon 30-Apr-12 23:09:18

That is exciting!!

I need to find out when and how we get our tickets!! THe last time I went abroad was on honeymoon 7 years ago so its all a bit scary! Add 2 tiny people into the equation and, well, cocktail hour here I come!

DH seems to think we're gonna get time to relax, tee hee! I think not, unless they want to go to the kids club. Not sure what I think about the kids clubs. Would hate to think anyone would "dump" their children just to get a few hours to themselves but if the children actually want to go..... Guess we'll have to wait and see!

Only 5 weeks to go!!

pigleychez Tue 01-May-12 11:14:55

Same here.. our last holiday was our Honeymoon in Thailand 5 years ago. In fact it will be our 5th Wedding Anniversary whilst we are away!
Also need to sneak something for Fathers day in the suitcase too! confused

Relaxing?! whats that!? grin
We have rented a penthouse apartment so the plan is to sneak up to the rooftop balcony for a drink or two when they are asleep of an evening! No kids club so im sure the drinks will be well earnt!
Not that the girls wouldn't go to any clubs without me or DH anyway, too clingy! but they are only little so id only worry about them anyway.

moonblushtomato Tue 01-May-12 19:18:05

Relaxing.....what is that indeed!! (Tho I have managed to plan a mini escape in November with some girlfriends to Center Parcs which will hopefully be veeery relaaaaaaxing!! Hope I don't chicken out at the last minute! Havent left the wee ones for a whole weekend before!)

Happy 5th Anniversary!! Its our 7th this year....oohhh, "the itch"!!!

Your accommodation sounds lush!! Yes I guess our 2 LOs might prove clingy about going to clubs when it comes down to it!!

Bought DS2 some crocs today and DD a sunhat!! Still got lots of clothes to get, what a trialgrin

pigleychez Tue 01-May-12 21:48:26

Love buying holiday clothes smile
Ive bought DD's matching sunhats and shoes. They look so cute!

I dont need to buy much for them though as they still fit in all of last years summer dresses! They even have dresses that were presents from last years birthdays that were too big as they are so skinny!
DD1 will be 4 in July and still wearing her 2yr old dresses and 12-18mth old shorts! DD2 will be 2 and is still in 9-12 clothes!

A friend and I have just arranged a girls shopping day so I can shop for me in peace! smile

moonblushtomato Tue 01-May-12 22:44:41

Know what you mean, DS2 is still looking good in his 12-18mo denim long shorts!

DD does have lots of lovely summer dresses from last year, tho there's always room for a couple more!!

I've had a couple of days away from the sprogs recently so not sure if I could swing another to go shopping sad Enjoy yours!

Vicky08 Sat 05-May-12 18:27:57

I'm loving this thread, it's making me get so excited about doing on holiday this year. We're going to Spain in August. I also have two small DCs and while out today I bought DD two lovely swimsuits and a sundress, love holiday shopping, it makes me feel so good. Think I'll go now and check out thanks for that -pigleychez-

moonblushtomato Mon 28-May-12 21:00:54

Well, only 5 days to go!!!!!!!

Excitement levels are running high! Thanks all for all your very excellent ideas!

Started packing the cases today and realise that my 3yo DD has more clothes than me!!

Autumnmumm Thu 08-Nov-12 13:27:49

Moon lush how was your holiday? We are thinking of that resort for next year.

Autumnmumm Thu 08-Nov-12 13:28:01


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