If you’re going anywhere this half term we’ve put together a list of great products to make your travel experience easier than ever before. From the best luggage, to carry on essentials, to ways to keep the kids entertained, read this to start your holiday off on a great note.
Having the right luggage can make your travel experience so much easier.
The Delsey Chatelet Air Spinner 4 Wheels in Cream 55cm (£260)is a carry on case that is chic enough to elevate any travel outfit. It’s not just nice to look at, it’s also super practical; with a divider, mesh pocket, shoe compartment and compartment for clothes you can stay perfectly organised on your getaway.
Available from: www.delsey.com.
If you’re looking for the personal touch have a look at the DyeFor Personalised Suitcases (from £110). Featuring your initials or name, and available in a range of designs and fonts, this brand makes it impossible to pick up the wrong case when you arrive at your destination.
Available from: www.dyefor.com.
Check In Bag
With over 100 years of luggage innovation Samsonite is a brand to trust when it comes to picking your luggage, especially luggage you’ll be checking in – we all know airports aren’t the gentlest with our cases. The Samsonite Neopulse 4 Wheels Trolley in Bronze (from £199) combines Samsonite engineering with style.
Available from: www.wardow.com.
Olli Ella See Ya Suitcase (£58.95). Olli Ella have created a chic yet fun suitcase for your little ones. Taking inspiration from old school trunk suitcases, and available in a range of pastel shades. Not only are they perfect for travel but they’re pretty enough to be storage in any child’s bedroom.
Available from: www.scandiborn.co.uk.
If you’re looking for something more entertaining look no further than the Zinc Flyte Midi Scooter Case (£70). This case will be a hit with your little ones, a 2in1 bag and scooter. Designed to fit in the overhead lockers of a plane, with stable steering to prevent falls and a carry handle this case checks all the boxes. The cases come in a range of designs to fit all interests and tastes.
Available from: www.kidly.co.uk.
A tote bag is ideal if you don’t need or want to take a small suitcase as hand luggage. They are large enough that you can still take all your essentials whilst being less hassle than a case.
We’ve picked two of our favourite classic tote bags that are stylish and high quality.
Longchamp Le Pliage Tote Bag (From £70)
Louis Vuitton Neverfull (from £875)
Carry On Essentials
Having these essentials in your carry on bag mean you can be ready for most eventualities, we never travel without them.
Planes, trains, airports, service stations etc. are breeding grounds for germs. That’s why sanitizing wipes are a must in any carry on luggage or travel bag, they can be used to wipe down surfaces around you or to sanitize you and your family’s hands. If you often find you get ill after travelling, try using some of these wipes to keep yourself safe from those pesky germs.
Dettol’s 2in1 Anti Bacterial Wipes for hands and surfaces 15 pack (£1.49) are a great option. killing 99.9% of bacteria whilst having a soft feeling and fresh fragrance.
Available from: www.ocado.com.
A multipurpose balm is essential for a travel bag. It can be used for lip balm, dry hands, a facial moisturiser, to add glow to the skin, even to tame hair flyaways.
We recommend the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (£28). This is iconic for a reason. Eight hour cream has been clinically proven to hydrate and protect the skin for 8 hours, and can be used in so many different ways. Having won over 100 different beauty awards worldwide you can trust Eight Hour Cream to be the back bone of your travel beauty regime.
Available from: www.elizabetharden.co.uk.
You never know what’s going to happen or where you’ll be when you’re travelling and the last thing you want is for your phone to die. Hence why it’s always a good idea to have a portable charger allowing you to boost your battery wherever you are.
Proporta’s Stripe Turbo Charger 12000 (£24.95) is a great one. It’s got enough power for multiple charges and has 2 USB ports so you can charge more than one device at a time. Not only will it charge your phone quickly but it’s also extremely durable having been subjected to multiple drop tests during manufacturing.
Available from: www.proporta.co.uk
A travel sized dry shampoo is ideal to refresh your style after a long day of travel – making you feel instantly cleaner and more put together.
Look out for Living Proof Perfect Hair Day dry shampoo (£10 for 92ml). Living Proof’s dry shampoo is powered by a patented healthy hair molecule (OFPMA) and triple action cleaning technology. That means this dry shampoo will absorb and remove oil, sweat and odour so that your hair looks, feels and smells clean. It leaves no white residue so can be used on any hair colour and is silicone free and suitable for coloured and chemically treated hair.
Available from: www.livingproof.co.uk.
A lightweight scarf not only elevates a simple travel outfit but can also be used a blanket to defend against the unforgiving aeroplane air, or rolled up to make a pillow.
If you’re looking for something chic but fun take a look at Pieces Leopard Pattern Scarf (£22). Neutral but featuring a very on trend leopard print this scarf would look good with any travel outfit and is big enough to double up as a blanket/pillow.
Available from: www.pieces.com.
It’s so important to stay hydrated, especially when travelling. But buying bottles at airports and service stations can be expensive so bringing your own refillable bottle is not only more economical but also so much better for the planet.
We love the Que Collapsible Water Bottle (£24.99). This bottle made from 100% food grade silicone functions at two sizes 355ml and 600ml. It’s durable and non toxic (it’s completely BPA free & plastic free) so perfect for all the family.
Available from: www.trouva.com.
Travelling with little ones can be trouble. We all know children don’t want to sit for hours doing nothing so we’ve found great ways to keep them entertained while you travel to your destination.
Tablets provide so much entertainment and take up very little space. They’re ideal for long journeys where your children may need lots of different activities.
One of the best child friendly tablets is the Amazon HD Fire 8 Kids Edition 8 inch display (£129.99). Ideal for ages 3-12 years. This tablet comes with a sturdy child proof foam case and a 2 years no questions asked guarantee meaning you don’t need to worry about drops and knocks. Once you sign up to the Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited you get access to age targeted educational content in the form of apps, books and games. The parental controls Amazon offers gives complete peace of mind – you can set up password protected profiles so only certain things can be accessed, bedtime curfews and time limits are offered, videos and games can be blocked until educational goals e.g. reading have been attained, and social media and in-app all need parental consent.
With a 12 hour battery the Amazon HD Fire 8 Kids Edition is ideal for long travels this half term.
Available from: www.amazon.co.uk.
The Janod Magnetibook Educational Toy (£18) looks like a book but is so much more. Great for children ages 3-8. These sturdy board boxes feature a magnetic lid and contain magnetic shapes and pieces inside which can be used to get creative minds going through puzzles and play. Made from 100% FSC certified wood and water based paints this toy is a great travel item you can take on shorter journeys to keep your little ones occupied.
Available from: www.kidly.co.uk.
If you’re looking for something fun for a slightly older child take a look at the Baffle Travel Game (£7.99). Designed for children 8+ this is like a Rubix cube that’s achievable. Baffle is a mind bending puzzle with the aim of twisting and sliding ‘Smartie style’ buttons to try and return them to colour coordinated orderly rows. Tactile and easily portable this game never has the same solution making it a great travel companion.
Available from: www.brightminds.co.uk.
Keep Em Quiet Travel Packs (from £10.99)are exciting packs filled with activities and snacks that are designed for travel. Filled in a bespoke KeepEmQuiet rucksack these packs are ordered based on your child’s age, gender and the length of the journey. These packs are never the same so order one for your outbound and inbound journey and expect hours of varied entertainment for your children.
Available from: www.keepemquiet.com.