This is more of a question than a definitive list for someone looking to know what ACTUALLY to pack. As a family we are embracing more travel, lets face it travelling with a baby and toddler can be hard. Although travelling with older children is limited (more often than not) to term time holidays there is more spontaneity and less to pack when travelling with school age children.
We are also really keen to challenge ourselves a bit more and do things that are more out of our comfort zone. This year we have been really lucky to work with some great travel brands and this looks set to continue as we spread our wings more. We have a three night break coming up to stay in the beautiful Exmoor area near Minehead. We are going to be reviewing what is on offer at Selworthy with HF holidays but they offer walking holidays all over the world. Now at first the children had some reservations, but looking at what is on offer I think they will be surprised. The house we are staying in boasts an outdoor heated pool and craft and sport activities around the walks. Obviously the walks are optional but an integral part of the itinerary. I am really looking forward to a different type of break and considering that the British weather is somewhat unpredictable I will be packing clothes for all weather possibilities.
Therefore this trip has coincided just perfectly with working with Helly Hansen. Helly Hansen are the outdoor specialists, they can kit you out with pretty much anything you need for a walking holiday, a water sport adventure or just the practical, but stylish, clothes you need when living in the UK. Therefore when I took delivery of a huge parcel from them last week I knew they would be getting their wear very soon! In our parcel were new wellies for both Erin and myself, Erin does forest school each week and therefore wellies are a pretty central piece of kit that sits under her peg at school. Obviously Erin being Erin requested pink – pink wellies and a pink coat!
These wellies are great quality and you can tell they are made for actually getting outdoors and getting active. They are sturdy and cushioned meaning that they will give good support whilst protecting us from the elements.
In addition to the boots we also received three jackets. I took advice from the Helly Hansen team as I had quite a specific purpose for the jacket. I spend more than enough hours on the sidelines watching my children in outdoor sporst. Chloe as a keen hockey player ensures that I spend my weekends, stood on the sidelines of very open astro turfs. This means that whilst she is running around I can be found turning blue and stamping my feet to keep warm. Therefore I now have myself a Grey raincoat what will protect me. The jacket costs £66 in the sale which is reduced from a £110 I think it is a good price for a heavy duty waterproof. I love the pink lining and grey colour combination, this style is called the Long Belfast
In addition to my jacket, Dylan received a black jacket that will keep him warm when watching his beloved Aston Villa play and Erin received a pink waterproof. They are all packed for our little holiday and no doubt if you follow us on instagram you will see us sporting them whilst on Exmoor.
So I have good waterproofs, good footwear plus summer clothes and suncream. What else do you suggest I pack for our first walking holiday?