Holiday Packing Tips For Kids + Trunki Giveaway!

Holiday Packing Tips For Kids + Trunki Giveaway!

It’s that time of year again. The summer holiday season is almost upon us and if you are anything like me, you will be dreading getting packed. I’m bad enough at doing my own – always have been. But now we have Little Man to think about, so for me, holiday packing is double the stress.

We’ve been on a fair few holidays since being a family of three and over the years I have found myself learning the best ways to pack for a child. Β So, with a view to calm myself down and remind myself that holiday packing doesn’t need to be stressful, I’m sharing my Top 6 tips for holiday packing for kids.

Holiday Packing Tips

  1. Remember that you probably won’t need as much as you think you do. The amount of times that I have taken far too many clothes for the Little Man is quite ridiculous. During the day he lives in his swim shorts and only needs a pyjama shorts and t-shirts at night. And if all else fails, you can wash the clothes and hang them out to dry. If you are holidaying abroad, they will be dry in no time.
  2. Stemming from tip number 1 – take a small tube of travel wash. You may not need it, but if you take it, it’s there if you do. It doesn’t weigh anything and it takes up less room than excess clothes that you’ll unlikely use.
  3. Don’t worry too much about kids toiletries. For the few days, they are away they can use yours. As long as you have their toothbrush and toothpaste, you can manage. You can pack these in with yours – this also makes unpacking at the other end easier when all toiletries are together.
  4. Jelly shoes! As much as I hate them, they are a godsend for by the pool and on the beach. The floor and sand can get hot – with jelly shoes this won’t matter and it’s one less thing to be worrying about, and of course, it doesn’t matter if they get wet.
  5. Pack a surprise toy for the aeroplane or car. The prospect of a long flight or car journey can be quite daunting and it will only feel twice as long if your kid is bored and antsy. If you have something new that they haven’t played with before, this will help, if only for a little while.
  6. Don’t underestimate tablets. I know some parents don’t agree with too much screen time but I’m a big believer in everything in moderation. Before you leave, load it with episodes of their favourite programme and don’t forget the headphones. You may get an extra half an hours peace and quiet during the journeys there and back which will only help with all of your stress levels.

Trunki Giveaway

In preparation for the forthcoming holiday season, Holiday Gems are giving away a Classic Terrance Trunki as a prize for one of my lucky readers! Trunki’s are a great way to get the kids involved with holiday packing. Not only will they feel special because they have their own luggage, but they can have a bit of fun with it too when you pull them along on it as they take a ride. Fun for everyone!

Holiday Packing Tips For Kids + Trunki Giveaway!

Photo credit – Christian Heilmann via Wikimedia Commons

To enter, click on the link in the box below which will take you to the entry page.

Please note TWO of the entries are mandatory and MUST be completed for the entry to be valid. Failure to do so will result in the entrant being disqualified.Β The remaining two are optional but give you an extra five entries each – so worth doing in my opinion!

Please make sure you read the terms and conditions at the bottom of the page. All that is left for me to do, is wish you lots of luck and happy holiday packing!

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Terms and conditions/disclaimer
This is a collaborative post. The competition starts at 12 am 19/06/2017 and ends 12 am 17/07/2017. The prize is one Classic Terrance Trunki. Entries are limited to UK participants only and you must be over 18. The competition is via Rafflecopter and ONE winner will be chosen at random. The winner will be informed within 24 hours. The winner must respond within 24 hours of notification or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. JakiJellz is responsible for coordinating the prize with Holiday Gems to ship to the winner.


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  1. kim plant
    19th June 2017 / 10:22 am

    mexico x

  2. Jo Bryan
    19th June 2017 / 11:21 am


  3. Tracy Hanley
    19th June 2017 / 5:29 pm

    We love going to la pineda in spain

  4. clair downham
    19th June 2017 / 6:04 pm


  5. Sidrah Ahmed
    19th June 2017 / 9:10 pm


  6. Fiona
    19th June 2017 / 9:22 pm

    We love Lanzarote

  7. Sarah Rees
    19th June 2017 / 9:26 pm

    Orlando, we went last year and loved it, we are planning on going back next year, cant wait.

  8. Tracey Ryder
    19th June 2017 / 9:30 pm

    Orlando Florida

  9. Leanne V McKenna
    19th June 2017 / 10:15 pm

    In the UK I enjoy a trip to St Ives Cornwall, and abroad I like to try somewhere new as much as possible so I don’t have a favourite!

  10. 19th June 2017 / 10:45 pm

    I love Orlando, the good, the fun, the shopping – there’s so much I love!

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

  11. Solange
    19th June 2017 / 10:52 pm


  12. Nathan
    19th June 2017 / 11:40 pm

    The best place for a holiday is Barcelona, I would love to live there!

  13. Angela Treadway
    19th June 2017 / 11:42 pm

    we go to good ol clacton every year x

  14. Sarah Mackay
    20th June 2017 / 12:01 am


  15. 20th June 2017 / 1:07 am

    My favourite holiday destination has been, and always will be, the Algarve in Portugal. I have been going there since I was a child.

  16. Harline Parkin
    20th June 2017 / 4:13 am

    Scotland I love the Cairngorms

  17. joanna butler-savage
    20th June 2017 / 6:01 am

    northumberland or barcelona

  18. S Edwards
    20th June 2017 / 6:14 am

    St ives Cornwall

  19. rebecca smith
    20th June 2017 / 7:02 am

    Tenerife! it’s the perfect family destination we always have an amazing time here my children love it

  20. 20th June 2017 / 7:33 am

    Majorca because it’s a nice short flight and there’s plenty to do and see. Beautiful coves, Sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Perfect!

  21. 20th June 2017 / 7:51 am

    Florida. Orlando yeayyy!! its all about the mouse for us!

  22. 20th June 2017 / 8:22 am

    Great tips here – especially the ‘aeroplane toy’ We’re off to France this summer for a friend’s wedding so I have bookmarked this post ready for packing! Thanks for sharing #TriumphantTales

  23. 20th June 2017 / 9:03 am

    The surprise toy is a great idea – we have a 4 hour car journey to kick start our summer holidays so all tips welcome!! #TriumphantTales

  24. 20th June 2017 / 9:16 am

    Thanks for the tips, I always need the reminder not to pack too much. We’re off to Cuba in August and would be very happy to win the Trunki πŸ™‚ #triumphanttales

  25. Chris Andrews
    20th June 2017 / 9:27 am

    Tell me your favourite holiday destination! . . . .India, but as l am going to Japan in a couple of weeks l think it may be pushed out of my number one spot

  26. Tee simpson
    20th June 2017 / 9:38 am

    Anywhere thats hot and sunny and has a nice beach. Somewhere like Jamacia

  27. Susan Smith
    20th June 2017 / 9:57 am

    Have family in Bulgaria, so this is our favourite destination

  28. Sarah Lee
    20th June 2017 / 10:08 am


  29. Philippa Bradbury
    20th June 2017 / 10:22 am


  30. 20th June 2017 / 10:33 am

    I love Budapest, such a beautiful place to go with so much history.

  31. Liam Bishop
    20th June 2017 / 10:33 am

    Cornwall, it’s lovely.

  32. stuart hargreaves
    20th June 2017 / 10:46 am

    the Algarve

  33. Jean Cassell
    20th June 2017 / 10:52 am

    I love to take my granddaughters to Bridlington. We hire a caravan and beach hut . Simple family fun!

  34. Tony Metcalfe
    20th June 2017 / 11:19 am


  35. Lindsey Stuart
    20th June 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Perth, Australia Stunning place

  36. Lorraine Kirk
    20th June 2017 / 12:29 pm

    SSuffolk, it’s always sunny when we go πŸ™‚

  37. 20th June 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Butlins! haha, we love getting the family together and going to Butlins, we haven’t ventured abroad just yet with the kids…But I personally love Australia.

  38. 20th June 2017 / 1:28 pm

    Some great packing tips there and I am loving the giveaway. My girls are too big for Trunki’s so I’ve made sure to share on FB and Twitter #TriumphantTales

  39. Laura Milton
    20th June 2017 / 2:04 pm

    We loved going to Turkey but now would say most beach resorts in Spain πŸ˜€

  40. Catherine Powell
    20th June 2017 / 2:10 pm

    We really like Spain

  41. 20th June 2017 / 2:21 pm

    We love to holiday in the UK. Favourite destinations include South Wales, Cornwall, and The Lake District! My eldest has a trunki but I’d love to win one for my little girl too as they love to be “twinnies” #dreamteam

    • 20th June 2017 / 2:23 pm

      Oh pants – sorry that should say #triumphanttales What a numpty!

  42. Sophie Foulds
    20th June 2017 / 4:20 pm

    We love Spain! So many nice places to visit πŸ™‚ x

  43. Kim M
    20th June 2017 / 5:00 pm

    We like Italy

  44. Soph H
    20th June 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Spain definitely

  45. Lee Ritson
    20th June 2017 / 6:27 pm

    I went to Ibiza recently but away from the club scene, it was lovely. Would love to go back

  46. Rachel
    20th June 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Rimini, Italy. Had a truly memorable holiday there when in my late teens, was accompanied by my brother :- Who was a sun Worshipper, he had a great tan on returning home. Whilst I loved the friendly Italians, the weather, the food :- especially ice cream, shopping, etc.

  47. Andrea Fletcher
    20th June 2017 / 8:15 pm

    We like Whitby.

  48. 20th June 2017 / 8:33 pm

    the algarve in Portugal!
    πŸ™‚ #TriumphantTales

  49. isis1981uk
    20th June 2017 / 8:35 pm

    New Orleans!

  50. james waterworth
    20th June 2017 / 8:40 pm

    the yorkshire moors, beautiful during the summer

  51. Kay Sherman
    20th June 2017 / 8:48 pm

    We love Cyprus

  52. 20th June 2017 / 9:26 pm

    I bring too many clothes for my toddler too but we have started to pack lighter. Honestly it makes things so much easier. Also, we used to bring a few toys but discovered we could get away with one or two small favourites. We went on a 5 day trip as a family of 3 with 2 small suitcases. So much less to carry. #TriumphantTales

  53. 20th June 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Seeing this post makes me super envious, i really want a holiday πŸ™ maybe i’ll win one hehe


  54. Kevin Honey
    20th June 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I live Sydney

  55. Debbie Creasey
    20th June 2017 / 10:59 pm


  56. 20th June 2017 / 11:49 pm

    Great tips! We are hoping to go lanzarote next year with our then 4 year old, 2 year old and new 6 month old! I need all the tips I can get for going abroad with children lol #triumphanttales

    • 20th June 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Favourite holiday would be turkey so far!

  57. 20th June 2017 / 11:56 pm

    man did I bomb packing 101 this year

  58. 21st June 2017 / 12:05 am

    Great tips! I always tend to pack too much or not enough!! Also next time we go on holiday I am definitely taking tablets! #TriumphantTuesday

  59. 21st June 2017 / 12:06 am

    My favourite holiday has been Majorca, but I’d LOVE to visit Hawaii one day!

  60. Jenny Harlow
    21st June 2017 / 12:46 am


  61. Helen Stratton
    21st June 2017 / 7:40 am

    North Yorkshire – my favourite area on Earth.

  62. Sue McCarthy
    21st June 2017 / 7:47 am

    Bird watching in Trinidad

  63. 21st June 2017 / 10:55 am

    #5 was a great idea. I will defo remember to bring a surprise toy, thanks! πŸ™‚ #TriumphantTales

  64. 21st June 2017 / 11:00 am

    Florida is perfect for families. Loads of theme parks…not just Disney and the weather and beaches around the coast is usually fab…apart from the occasional hurricane πŸ˜‰

  65. Sally Collingwood
    21st June 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Love Brighton!

  66. Kirsty Ward
    21st June 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I love Gran Canaria!

    21st June 2017 / 1:42 pm

    my fav has always been ST IVES in cornwall….beautiful place where dreams are made x

    21st June 2017 / 1:46 pm

    our fav holiday place has always been ST IVES in cornwall.a place where holiday dreams are made x

  69. AnnaH
    21st June 2017 / 4:09 pm


  70. Christina Curtis
    21st June 2017 / 4:12 pm

    We love Dorset!

  71. 21st June 2017 / 7:21 pm

    I love Scotland as it si beautiful in the mountains X #triumphanttales

  72. 21st June 2017 / 8:01 pm

    We have no holiday planned this year after a trip of a lifetime to Disney last year but your tips are great!

  73. 21st June 2017 / 8:26 pm

    triumphanttales okay – last year we went to the Caribbean and had i of not bought a trunki, I’m not sure we would of coped. He loved it in the airport and sat on it with daddy pulling him all the way. He sat on it whilst we waited on the gate and then….he played with it empty non stop in the hotel room as a sit on toy…totes recommend them, we have Bernard the bumblebee.

    I packed a section of small toy animals (cheap so i didn’t care if we lost them) and he still has most of them, i went for water creatures – so what once was a aeroplane / pool toy now lives in our bath.

  74. Carrie-Anne Brown
    21st June 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I love going to Dublin such a lovely city break πŸ™‚ my little one hasn’t been yet, I would love to take him with me next time πŸ™‚

  75. Lorraine Tinsley
    21st June 2017 / 10:51 pm

    I love Hong Kong

  76. Nat thomason
    22nd June 2017 / 12:40 am

    Anywhere β˜€οΈ

  77. 22nd June 2017 / 10:22 am

    We love Spain or the islands. Great tips – must buy some travel wash. I always forget! #triumphanttales

  78. mandydoherty65
    22nd June 2017 / 11:50 am

    The Lake District

  79. 22nd June 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Our favourite as a family is the south coast. As a couple it would be somewhere way more exotic! #triumphanttales

  80. Debbie Burfoot
    22nd June 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Love Wales..simple and tranquil

  81. Dave - Dad's Turn
    22nd June 2017 / 3:44 pm

    Good tips. It’s important to take the stress out as you say, not just from the holiday but from the packing too! #TriumphantTales

  82. 22nd June 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Great tips Jaki. Trunkis are brilliant aren’t they. I think my favourite holiday destination would have to be the Isle of Man. I have some lovely memories from many holidays there as a kid, and I have family there. Molly has only been once but I can’t wait to take her back. #triumphanttales

  83. Michelle C
    22nd June 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Cape Verde

  84. Kerry Taylor
    22nd June 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I love anywhere hot with a pool, but since having my son we’ve stayed closer to home, at Whitby.

  85. Lisa Wilkinson
    22nd June 2017 / 9:00 pm

    We love Malta

  86. Michelle Ferguson
    22nd June 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Dominican Republic as I got married there

  87. Laura Walker
    22nd June 2017 / 9:21 pm

    We have yet to take our little man abroad so far we are enjoying trips around the UK

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