Top 5 Essentials When Travelling With Kids

Top 5 Essentials When Travelling With Kids

Deciding to leave the house with kids in tow is never easy. Whether you are going to the shops for bread and milk, a doctor’s appointment or a play date at a friends house it can take planning of military precision to make sure that nothing important is left behind and that you are ready for any situation that life throws at you….

It’s no surprise that when we decide that a family holiday further abroad is called for, that the list of stuff needed to keep the kids placated grows at an alarming rate…

Kids get bored easily. My kids are usually happy for 5 minutes and then it begins….

’Are we there yet?’

‘Mum, I’m bored!’

‘Timmy is touching my part of the seat!’

‘She looked at me!’

‘I’m hungry/thirsty….again…’

But it doesn’t have to be that way!! With these 5 essentials in your travelling arsenal, your child will be content, your sanity will be preserved and your family vacay pictures should show smiles all round!!

Packing For Kids Requires Military Precision...

#1: Snacks….LOTS of Snacks!!

Food is a necessary when travelling with kids! With tummy’s much smaller than ours, they are always going to eat more frequently than we do, so lots of healthy snacks are ideal.

But what to carry them around in!?

YUMBOX are perfect if you want to pack yohgurt or dips for the kids to snack on – along with other foods. They have leakproof, individual compartments so you can pack a range of finger foods to keep a variety of foods fresh on the go

SKIP HOP INSULATED FOOD TUBS are great for bringing a warm lunch in cold weather. You can keep soups, stews, pastas and more warm and they come with their own fork attached so you can eat whenever and wherever hunger strikes. And they come in a super cute range of designs too!

BOON TRUNK & CARGO SNACK BOXES have their very own handle so your child can carry their snacks around with them! Plus they are full of compartments so you don’t have to worry about those cheese cubes touching the strawberries!

 

#2: A drink bottle

If they aren’t hungry, they’re thirsty…

Get them a cute water bottle of their very own and all of a sudden water tastes SO much better!!

The ‘Forget Me Not’ range of flip top, straw drink bottles have a handy Velcro strap that you can attach to a bag or pram, plus a 2nd spare straw just in case!

If you are worried about drinks staying cold, we have a range of personalised, insulated drink bottle holders that will stop your kids drink bottles going missing, and keep them colder for longer!

 

#3 A special friend….

Everything is better when you share it with a friend!

New places, strange beds, and long car drives aren’t so bad when you have your very own teddy to cuddle. A personalised cubby or teddy bear could be just the reassurance they need to get through the night!

 

#4 A snuggly blanket!

Just like a teddy, being wrapped in a warm, comforting blanket can make everything seem better!

Our Ripple design blankets are fair trade and handmade with love, and are ideal for rugging up at night or on a long car drive. If you little one isn’t quite up to size yet, our baby blankets  are perfect size for over the car seat or in the pram and will keep them rugged up and snuggly without burying them in a giant wad of material!

 

#5 QUIET activities!

The keyword is quiet!!! If you’ve been stuck In the car or on a plane for hours with the kids, chances are 10 minutes peace and quiet will go a long way… So quiet activities that they can do on their own will be a lifesaver

Try our Felt Creations storyboards. Kids can use their imagination to create a wonderful world of fantasy. Once they are finished, they can simply start again!

Another timeless activitiy is drawing and colouring in. Our personalised pencil cases are large enough to hold those pencils, crayons, textas and more. Just throw in a cheap scrap book or colouring book and they will be amused for ages!

 

BONUS TIP!!! Get yourself a Car Organiser!

We have recently added some personalised car organisers to our website and they are PERFECT if you are planning on spending time with kids in the car!  Easily accessible from the back seat, the kids can keep all of their precious travel gear in one convenient location! Plus the large clear pocket fits an iPad (hello peace & quiet!) and it contains lots of compartments to keep all their gear in!

 Personalised Car Organiser

So now you know what we recommend to have on hand to keep the peace next time you are on holidays with the kids and to help them deal with the change in scenery as smoothly as possible… have you got anything that you would like to add?

Feel free to leave your comments below 

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Crochet: Then and Now

Crochet is a process of creating a fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. You may have fond memories of being taught to crochet while growing up by a talented grandmother or aunt, whose skill in knitting and crocheting was the envy of the entire family. But crochet has its origins from bygone eras.  Some sources suggest this age-old craft was first introduced in the 19th century, however it has probably been around for even longer but not recorded in literature, perhaps more likely being taught within inner sanctums passing the craft down within generations or being specifically taught instead of skills being shared within various forms of media like today.

Fast forward to today; crochet is an incredibly popular textile in homewares, linen and pillows. For those who are avid fans of crochet there is myriad blogs and magazines dedicated to the gorgeous art of crochet. Social media has made the sharing of patterns easier than ever before. You can learn to crochet with online tutorials and blogs creating online communities within the comfort of your own home! When you crochet, you work the yarn, thread or other material strands and form a nice, smooth chain.

It is great to crochet and listen to music, catch up on recorded shows on the bus or train or even just to sit in blissful silence to unwind at the end of the day! Crochet is seeing a true resurgence of late; with many people learning to crochet alongside more traditional knitting. While some argue that patterns are simpler now than they were (after all society moves along a faster pace than the 19th century), there are many groups in many cities around the world who honour the art of crochet and invest many months to create a complex piece from scratch. The options of things you can create with crochet are endless. You can craft pillows, blankets, hats, homewares, gifts and baby clothes. There is a mixture of complex patterns and the more simple patterns ideal for beginners.

It is truly versatile textile and pieces feel cosy and instilled with love and care due to the history of this textile creation. Crochet pieces are great for adding that special finishing touch to a space, whether it be in your child’s bedroom or living room. There may be nothing more comforting than curling up during the cooler months of Melbourne, tucked in warm and snug with a crocheted blanket and a warm cup of tea or glass of red! If you can’t tell, we are quite a fan of crochet becoming more popular! Always a fan of a highly skilled textile creation, we have sourced these gorgeous blankets for Mikki & Me, just in time for winter.

The crochet blankets we offer are super soft, hand crochet 100cm x 100cm blanket. They make a great gift for those friends with a newborn and adds a gorgeous, inviting feel to a child’s bedroom décor. Made from 60% cotton, 30% azlon (milk fibre) and 10% cashmere, the Ripple Blanket from Mikki & Me Baby Boutique are soft to the touch and super cosy.

We have lots to choose from, including the Rainbow Ripple Blanketa hand crochet blanket in fun, bright rainbow colours sure to brighten the dreariest of winter days! If you are looking for something a little more muted? We have the Black and White Ripple Blanket and the Blujay Ripple Blanket too. It is pretty hard to narrow down which ones we should offer online, so we got them all! You can see the full range of crochet goodies here. They have been really popular as gifts for those friends with newborns, but also make a lovely addition to your child’s bedroom too.  

It is amazing to think of an art which started hundreds of years ago is still in our lives today. What is your history with crochet? Can you crochet? Share with us below in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

Stay warm and cosy,

Mikki & Me Team xx

 

 

 

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