Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are a time for fun, relaxation, spending quality time with your family and generally recharging.  However, the organisation that takes place before going on holiday with children can be exhausting!

Our mission at Ooh La Label is to help busy parents and make life a little bit easier, which after all is the whole reason behind our business.  So here are some quick tips for keeping kids amused on long journeys and our summer holiday packing list – if you use this as a guide you won’t forget anything crucial.  And remember to use our name labels to label everything – it only takes minutes and ensures there are no lost flip-flops or iPads at the beach.

In the internet age finding things to amuse your children couldn’t be easier, here are some things we’ve found:

This quiz from the Telegraph has 180 questions targeted at kids, but you mind find there’s a few you don’t know yourself! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/7877363/Childrens-quiz-questions.html

Activity Village is an amazing resource for ideas and contains 1000s of free printables from colouring in pages, to word searches. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/

50 Questions to ask kids is sure to prompt some interesting and sometimes hilarious discussions: http://www.crayonfreckles.com/2014/01/50-questions-to-ask-kids-plus-free.html

And finally, a good old travel journal can be a wonderful way to keep children busy and will make a lovely keepsake in years to come.

Ooh La Label’s Packing List

Mustn’t Forget:

  • tickets/booking documents/email confirmations
  • money/credit cards
  • health insurance (including EHIC if you’re travelling to Europe)
  • car insurance and driving licence
  • phone and phone charger
  • passports
  • medical kit, including: plasters; Savlon; Calpol; paracetamol and anti-histamine
  • any necessary medication, e.g. inhalers
  • sun cream for you and the kids
  • insect repellent

Toiletries:

  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • flannels
  • hairbrush
  • make-up!

And of course:

  • underwear
  • clothes – weather appropriate plus the obligatory cardie/hoodie just in case of bad weather
  • kids’ comforters/special toy

Electronics:

  • Cameras
  • Camcorder
  • Kids’ electronics, i.e. Nintendos, iPods

Beach Things:

  • towels
  • sunhats
  • swimming costumes
  • goggles
  • buckets and spades

Activities for the Kids:

  • books, activity books and colouring books
  • comics
  • snacks and drink for the journey

Top Tips for Residential Trips

It’s that time of year when lots of schools have residential trips for their pupils, which is a fantastic learning experience for children, but sometimes brings anxiety for both kids and their parents! Here are Ooh La Label’s top tips to help your child get the most out of their residential trip.

  • The most important key to success is that old cub motto, be prepared! Your school will almost certainly have issued a list of required equipment so make sure you’ve read this carefully well in advance of the trip and won’t need to make a midnight dash to your nearest 24 hour supermarket to find a pair of waterproof shoes, rucksack or camping pillow!
  • Make sure every item your child takes with them has a name label. In the chaos and fun children often mislay things – if you want them to bring home everything they take, name labels are important.  Labelling everything needn’t be a lengthy chore though – Ooh La Label’s name labels are no-sew, no-iron, stick-on name labels that go through the washing machine, tumble drier and dishwasher: they’re quick, they stick and they can be customised with your school badge or even a picture of your child.
  • Children often like structure and routine so if your child is nervous, familiarise them with the itinerary so they know what to expect. Talk through any activities they’re going to be taking part in so they understand what will happen and when.  If your school has run the trip previously speak to other families who have already been to get your child excited.
  • Prior to the trip, use the opportunity to get your child doing more for themselves at home. Encourage them to help lay the table, or wash up afterwards.  If they don’t already, show them how to make their bed.  These simple tasks are likely to be expected of them on the trip and it’s a great excuse to get them involved in the chores at home.
  • When you’re packing (remembering to put name labels on everything!) pop a little note from you into their bag for them to find when unpacking. You could even include a picture of your family.  This reminds the child that you’re thinking of them and can be a great comfort if they get homesick.
  • Don’t let your child pick up on your anxiety. It is often the parents that feel the separation more acutely – the kids are too busy having fun and learning new things.  Children often mirror their parents’ attitudes so even if you’re nervous, try not to let them know that and send them off with a wave and a big smile.
  • Finally, be enthusiastic and excited about the trip. It’s a wonderful experience for children to spend time away from home and challenge themselves to try new things.  They are making memories that will last a lifetime and this is invaluable.