Packing Essentials For a Half-Term Day Trip Out

This time of year can be a bit of a funny one. We had snow not long ago and then the forecast can be for positively balmy weather. So what do you wear on days like this, when it can be freezing cold in the morning and then sunny with the temperature in double digits in the afternoon?

Not to mention when you’re out and about for days out or trips with your little ones. Half term is coming up too, so you may have some time to get out and explore for the day; but what to pack?

Here are some ideas to help to make sure that you have the best possible day.

The Bag

First of all you need to think about the bag that you are packing; can it fit in all that you need to? And second of all, what is the strap on the bag? Is it a backpack or a cross-body bag? Will you be using it with a pushchair or have to carry it yourself all day? For maximum comfort, these are the questions that you need to ask yourself.

Sun Protection

Yes, you read that correctly, you will need some sun protection even on winter days. You can still get sun damage if you’re out all day on the sun, even if it is cold (think about skiers, for example). A sunscreen for all the family is a good idea, and even a lip balm with SPF in can help. If you wear makeup, then looking for a foundation with an SPF in can be helpful so you know that you are covered and just need to think about the kids. You could even pack a pair of Reglaze sunglasses, for instance, to help to protect your eyes in sunshine; it may be cold but sunglasses or hats can make a difference.

Medical or Health Items

A day out with children can mean a variety of things, and the chances of someone having a trip or fall can be quite high. So a small first aid kit can be a really good idea. Packing something like a hand sanitizer gel is a good idea too, simply because kids can get pretty mucky when they are out and about (and a pack of wet wipes while you’re at it). If your kids have medication or need something like allergy medicine, then make sure that you pack that too, just so you can all enjoy the day.


You know you’re a mum when you always have some kind of snack on hand for your children. And if you are out all day and don’t know what shops or services you will encounter, having a snack supply is a must. Best if you can get things that aren’t going to be too messy or sticky, so that you don’t end up with stained clothes or dirty hands.

One of the final things that I would add is a must, is a phone charger or a battery pack. You will never know when you’ll need to use Google maps or blast out ‘baby shark’ on YouTube on the way home.

**This is a collaborative post**

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