I can’t believe I’m actually writing a “fashion” post – but one of the things about travel is that you have to be comfortable and long haul flights it is one of the most important things especially with kids. This year we are travelling over to Florida for the first time with the kids as a party of 8 – 4 adults and 4 kids and I know that the flight will be tough for all 4 of the kids and for us as parents as it’s a long journey for little people to sit for. So I need to be comfortable.
Viewpoint from airplane above clouds in the sky via Depositphotos
It’s still a few weeks off, but as I’ve lost weight I’ve had to buy a capsule wardrobe (going down those sizes) and when I was buying part of the back of my mind was what I would be able to get that was comfortable for me to wear for a long flight and deal with what could be quite cold weather in the UK (yes I know it will be August when we go but really that doesn’t mean anything) to steamy tropical heat when we arrive plus the air conditioning on the flight.
I tend to pack light – it’s one of the things that travelling solo has taught me and my carry-on is one of the areas. Now I’m a mum apart from my camera, a book and my tech stuff the rest of my carryon is usually filled with extra’s for the kids luckily this trip no more baby changing equipment needed. As you can see I’ve also discovered Polyvore – now these aren’t the exact items that I have but they are as close to them as I could find – so ignore the costs and take note of what they actually are. This is my style, your style will be different but the same principles apply.
Comfort is the key – a pair of cotton trousers with NO zips, buckles, hard seams and an elasticated waist – I’ve brought myself a patterned pair because they will hide a multitude of sins when the kids accidentally spill something, draw on me etc.
Again comfort is the key for the tank and it’s something that I know once we arrive at our destination will be cool as well as comfortable on the flight. The hoodie will keep me warm when we are in the air as well as departing and arriving the UK.
I’ve packed a scarf – over on Rainy Day Mum I talked about what to wear when you fly with kids in general and one of the key pieces I mentioned was to take a scarf with you – it is fantastic as it doubles up as a blanket for the kids if it’s big enough and can be easily folded down to put in my carry-on bag.
My trainers and other shoes are going into my hold backpack. Instead I will be wearing these Merrell Women’s Jacardia Sandal [affiliate link] I brought them back in Spring and wore them straight away and they have been the most comfortable sandals I have worn ever. I can walk long distances in them although I guess that Florida will be the real test of them (and I will feedback on the success or failure of them at that point) but so far I’ve done the school run, walked around London, the parks locally to us and even managed a giant sandpit all in comfort.
Yes, I do know that there are two bags there a messenger style bag and a backpack. I’ve always carried two but as I get to security I put the messenger bag inside my backpack and it’s fine. My messenger bag is made of oil cloth (PVC) and fantastic, it wipes clean, is waterproof and it’s big enough to fit in my wallet, medication, notebook, iPad Mini and smartphone as well as have space for other essential like a mini first aid kit and plain paper and pens to entertain the kids.
The backpack is my carry-on, I admire the ladies who have little mini suitcases, but with kids and backpacking previously none of them are really practical. Two kids means 2 handsfree especially in crowded areas as they are only 4 and 5 so that I can hold their hands and know that they are safe. As I said my backpack has my camera in, a book and my liquids bag. The rest of it will be extra’s for the kids as even though they take their own bags experience has taught me (and the words of my mum who travelled with me and my brother many times) that you need some extra’s to bring out because it’s a long flight even if it’s only an hour for kids.
The Beauty Products
You’ve got the extent on my beauty products there (minus a lip salve) I carry a Boots Protect and Perfect serum and a moisturiser plus some factor 50 sun cream that I can use on us all. I don’t as a rule wear make-up and in the heat especially not so apart from my toiletries that’s all I will take.
I am converted to them and I do have a preferred brand as after research I needed something that I could get in the UK and that was really as pure as it said it was so I use the brand doTerra. To travel on the plane I am taking Balance, Serenity and DigestZen – I will be sharing more about essential oils and how we use them for travel but you can find out more about me and my belief and passion about them over on Rainy Day Mum.
So my tech – this is all changing for me the last time we went abroad I carried my laptop with me as I need it to blog whilst on the move but since then I have switched things up a gear and I purchased an iPad Mini [affiliate link] with a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio [affiliate link] so that I can type and blog anywhere that I can access wifi. I also have a Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 [affiliate link] which is what I use for a lot of my instagram pictures.
My camera that most of my pictures (unless they are from the iPad Mini or the smartphone) are taken on is the Canon Rebel xTi [affiliate link] or Canon EOS 400D as we call it in the UK. I have a couple of lens one that is a new prime and the other one that came from my old Canon EOS SLR 35mm.