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On holiday abroad with under 5s - what did you wish you had taken but hadn't thought of?

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Socci · 03/09/2005 20:40

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Enid · 03/09/2005 20:42

a portable DVD player

Hulababy · 03/09/2005 20:42

We went to Dublin for a short break recently. DD is 3y4m. We decided to NOT take the pushchair, as she rarely uses it anymore - she's 3. bad decision Because of the early flights, travel, out and about far more, etc. she got tired more that she would normally. really wish we'd have taken it.

cod · 03/09/2005 20:43

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Hulababy · 03/09/2005 20:49

Well 3y5m in a couple of days I think. My ticker elsewhere reminds me

colditz · 03/09/2005 20:51

I wish we had taken his favorite Poohbear. It sounds obvious, but we didn't, and had to scour Great Yarmouth for one at 9 o' clock at night. Nightmare.

Socci · 03/09/2005 20:51

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mishmash · 03/09/2005 20:57

well we are just back from Majorca - MIL insisted we bring the buggy - to go for long walks - it sat on the balcony from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.

Top Trumps are a great idea
Gameboys
Video Now

But all just in case

philippat · 03/09/2005 21:00

Denmark when dd was 20 months or so... wish we'd left HER behind...

Gameboy · 03/09/2005 21:01

Spray on, not rub on sun cream (Muuuuch easier)

Flip flops or jelly shoes for the pebbly beaches (i.e. shoes you can get wet)

Other than that, we were PERFECTLY prepared

bambi06 · 03/09/2005 21:37

shout stain remover spray!!! i`ve never found another spray that gets everything out abroad and i end up ruining half their clothes otherwise..sad arent i?

LIZS · 03/09/2005 21:46

Gel for washing clothes by hand and a nailbrush. Stains come out better if you wash them as soon as and then put to dry in the sun.
Bite cream like Anthisan in case of insects, or if using a travel cot an insect net.

CelluliteQueen · 03/09/2005 21:47

After a very rainy week in Anglesey week before last I was so glad I'd taken DS's portable DVD player along with the Cbeebies compilation DVDs I'd bought on Ebay. Friends with young children joined us and it was a godsend. The player only cost £60 too so money well spent.

Skribble · 03/09/2005 22:58

I just glad I agreed to DH taking his laptop on a trip to Paris. I objected because I thought he would end up working.
They watched a DVD on the plane, and in the evenings to settle them before going to sleep, well you don't go out to the bars with 2 young kids.
We used it to download the pics from digital camera so we could take loads.
A small back pack for DS he carried all his little things he likes to carry about and put his shopping in it too. He would have slept in it if I let him. Great for an plane too, had his pencils and stuff in.

beetroot · 04/09/2005 10:26

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Skribble · 04/09/2005 21:03

I found that in the confines of a plane seat and a small hotel room its ideal, I know some people prefer to let their kids bug the whole plane .

lapsedrunner · 04/09/2005 21:29

Another vote for the portable DVD player . Last year drove from Austria to UK on my own with a (nearly) 2 year old ds plus dog, I bought a DVD player for the return journey! Have since used it myself on planes and with ds in hotel (attached to tv) for pre-bedtime quiet time. Have just used it for another epic Austria-UK trip on my own (dh keeps goiung abroad on business for 6 week stretch!) with ds now nearly 3 (plus dog again), this time using overnight motorail for part of journey.. could not have survived without it!

aloha · 04/09/2005 21:37

Full time nanny.

soapbox · 04/09/2005 21:45

Aloha -

swedishmum · 04/09/2005 21:59

Hulababy, re pushchair. We got to Dublin a few weeks ago and dh admitted he'd left buggy in garage - 1st stop was mothercare to buy a new one. Well worth it as dd is 18 months and I was sightseeing alone for a week with 4 kids while dh worked!
Another yes for laptop or dvd player. We travel a lot and our lot certainly do their fair share of culture and swimming etc, but we all need a bit of chilling time. We hardly use it at the destination but it is great on long journeys.

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