By Paul Johnson
Going somewhere with the kids this Summer? Whatever age your children, here are some great accessories to take with you, whether it be to look after your little ones with a car seat on your airport transfer, or whether it’s simply to protect your their precious skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Wherever you’re heading, we hope our round-up of the top 10 essential travel items for children this Summer gives you some useful ideas!
This 2 in 1 BoostAPak from Trunki is a backpack that converts into a booster seat for car journeys. The hard plastic shell makes it super durable, with the large spacious design meaning your little one can fill it right up with all their prized possessions. If you like this, you may also like the Gruffalo brown Trunki and the Tipur Tiger orange Trunki.
Tessellated with the famous Zucca print, this trend-led pink sun hat from Fendi will keep her peepers shielded from the sun this summer. The striking piece features a matching band, a comfy white lining, and a chin tie to keep her new accessory secure.
At Sunuva they are very proud of their super- stylish UV protective boys rash vests and girls rash vest. They are perfect for keeping your kids both safe and chic on holiday. Everyone knows the importance of staying safe in the sun, but having to keep running after the kids to re-apply all-over sun cream can be a pain. These UV rash vests, sometimes known as sun tops, are made to the highest Australian and New Zealand UV certifications, blocking out over 97% of the sun’s harmful rays. Your little ones will stay protected all day long whether they are playing on the beach or swimming in the sea.
They also use the highest quality Italian fabric so they are comfortable to wear, super soft to touch and breathable – your little ones won’t over-heat, even on the hottest of tropical days. The special fabric drip-dries in ultra quick time making these rash vests perfect for kids who love to spend their days running in and out of the surf. And what really sets these rash vests apart are Sunuva’s unique and fashionable designs. All of their prints are created in-house and are exclusive to them. They use chic colour pallets and stylish motifs to produce a range of 50 + UPF kids’ swimwear and sun tops that not only keep your little ones protected from the sun but ensure they look fabulous in all the holiday snaps too!
Embrace mini-me dressing with these boys navy swimming shorts from Vilebrequin, perfect for playing poolside or on a sand-filled beach. They feature an all over turtle print complete with two side and one rear pocket. They also come with a handy pouch for storage when wet.
This charming duffel bag from Zatchels is made from soft lavender leather with nickel silver buckles. With a quick open clasp concealed behind the buckle giving you the traditional look of a buckle while allowing quick access when on the move, two adjustable straps and a drawstring compartment complete the piece to perfection.
The Sun Kids Swim & Play range from Nivea has been specially formulated for your little waterbabies, helping to keep your children protected whilst in the water. A light formula with dexpanthenol helps to maintain moisture in the skin barrier whilst protecting immediately against the suns harmful rays. It is long lasting and water resistant, whilst still offering high levels of protection.
Zoobug recommends that children wear proper protective sunglasses in sunny weather. Zoobug’s beautiful, colourful, child-friendly designs are fitted with UV protective lenses that are similar to high-quality adult lenses; they comply with the latest European directive 89/686/EEC in accordance with standard BS EN 1836: 2005/A1:2007 and absorb 100% of harmful UVA and UVB rays. Zoobug’s polarised lenses cut out glare and give sharp clear images as well as providing excellent UV protection for children. With frames designed to fit properly and cover the eyes (there is a choice of sizes and two nose fits for each model), Zoobug sunglasses are the ideal choice for safety, comfort and child-friendly fashion for children up to 12 years. Established in 2006, the award-winning eyewear specialist ZOOBUG was founded by eye surgeon Dr. Julie Diem Le, whose passion is for raising public awareness and industry standards to improve children’s eye health.
Patterned with the famous Zucca print, this nifty bottle holder and bottle set from Fendi will ensure the mother and baby duo look stylish. Complete with a zip compartment and a handy popper fasten handle; the reflective interior will insulate baby’s drink. The clear branded bottle will be easy for baby to grip onto.
“My Little Travelwrap” is a delightful collection of cashmere baby and toddler blankets by Niamh Barker of The Travelwrap Company. With three gorgeous contemporary designs to choose from, “The Tree House”, “Buttercup” and “Forest Flower”, the warmth and softness of the Scottish cashmere make this a very special blanket for babies and children to grow up with. Only the finest long haired cashmere yarns are used to make these little cashmere blankets as soft and downy as can be – the perfect woolly nest for little ones on the go!
Each Little Travelwrap is accompanied by a little linen backpack and is beautifully wrapped and presented in a special My Little Travelwrap signature box. RRP £169.00 (Free worldwide delivery)
Basking in the sunshine will be as safe as can be with this grey and green UV-resist Treated Tent from Béaba. Perfect for protecting your baby from the sun’s harmful rays, the multi-functional 50UPF tent will keep out bad weather and bugs alike. Intended for infants of up to 12 months when lying down or 4 years when seated, it has many comfortable features and is an must-have on family days out in the sunshine.