Summer holiday survival kit
It's the summer holidays! Shame the sunshine didn't get the memo. Make sure you're prepped, whether it's tropical or torrential, with this survival kit from John Lewis.
Buys to help you survive a rainy day
Ah, the Great British 'summer'. Need we say more? These products will help get you through any rainy days with minimum frustration and make soggy afternoons super.
Hard-wearing enough to survive jumping in the muddiest puddles; colourful enough to lift everyone's spirits – these wellies are perfect for unpredictable August days.
Jump in all the mud, and get as dirty as possible, but hose everyone down before entering the house if necessary.
- Red Hunter Children's Original Wellington Boots, £40-45 Buy now
- Yellow John Lewis Children's Wellington Boots, £10-12 Buy now
- Black Barbour Bede Wellington Boots, £64.95 Buy now
- Navy Spot Joules Printed Rubber Wellington Boots, £49.95 Buy now
There's no outdoor adventure that can't be improved with the addition of a cheery, waterproof coat. You'll be praying for a good shower.
I've been know to deck them out from head-to-toe in waterproofs and go for a walk along the sea front or the park.
- Yellow Little Joules Girls' Packaway Utility Coat, £54.95-59.95 Buy now
- Grey Hatley Boys' Demolition Cars Coat, £35 Buy now
- Antique Gold Joules Right as Rain Coast Waterproof Jacket, £84.95 Buy now
- Kin by John Lewis hooded anorak, £69 Buy now
Boredom-busting indoor games
Keep stir-crazy kids calm(ish) with an afternoon of good old-fashioned tabletop games. All small enough for the wettest of camping holidays, too.
Try Snap for littlies, UNO for middlies – and everything from Rummy to Beat Your Neighbour for older ones.
- John Lewis Four In A Row Travel Game, £8 Buy now
- Pictionary & Uno Junior, £24.99 Buy now
- Dobble, £12.99 Buy now
Flasks to warm your cockles
Whether you're braving the elements or bedded down in a tent, a flask of something warm will have you feeling
smug snug and cosy. (Adding a dram of something alcoholic will only improve its effects. Well, it is the holidays.)
I love being all cosy, drinking hot chocolate and listening to the sound of the rain on the roof.
- John Lewis Country Flask Set and Cooler Bag, £25 Buy now
- Happy Jackson Hello Hotness Flask, £16 Buy now
- Metallic Grey John Lewis Stainless Steel Vacuum Flask, £18 Buy now
Buys to make the most of a sunny day
Sometimes, just sometimes, the sun DOES come out and we're blessed with a handful of dreamy summer days. Here's how to carpe that diem when it does happen.
A pair of sleek sunnies lets you take on the beach/woods/lake/zoo with Jackie Onassis style and absolutely no squinting required. Plus they give everyone an air of instant mystery. Even toddlers.
Good quality lenses are very much worth it – I have polarised ones and they are EONS apart from cheapy ones!
- Orange/Blue John Lewis Children's Colour Block Wayfarer Sunglasses, £3.50 (Reduced from £7) Buy now
- Red John Lewis Children's Clubmaster Sunglasses, £3.50 (Reduced from £7) Buy now
- Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses, Havana, £116 Buy now
- Black Oakley Sliver Rectangular Sunglasses, Black, £100-130 Buy now
Summery sandals (not just for the beach)
Being comfy on a hot day is non-negotiable. Sandals are just the ticket, and perfect for kicking on and off as you skip between garden and house.
There's nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes on a hot day.
- Navy/White Crocs Children's Crocband Sandals, £13-£26.99 Buy now
- Rose Gold John Lewis Children's Steph Flatform Sandals, £10-11 (reduced from £20) Buy now
- FitFlop Shimmy Suede Toe Thong Sandals, £25 (reduced from £50) Buy now
- Castange Joseph Seibel Raul Leather Sandals, £69.99 Buy now
Don't forget to have a look at Mumsnetters' picks of the best stylish yet comfortable sandals
Outdoor toys and games
Entertain (and wear out) your kids in the garden, at the park or the beach, with these outdoor toys and games.
Install the biggest paddling pool you can reasonably fit in your garden.
- Aerobie Orbiter Boomerang, £11.99 Buy now
- SwimWays Flood Force Strykers Water Squirter (pack of 3), £7.19 Buy now
- Sunset Glow Paddling Pool, £7.99 (20% saving applied) Buy now
- Mookie Toys My First Swingball, £19.99 Buy now
Soft and sprawl-able rugs are a must for your alfresco meal. And they provide plenty of space to lay out a selection of these perfect picnic recipes
Have picnic stuff at the ready at all times, so, if the sun comes out, you can go and have a picnic somewhere pretty and fly a kite.