When you're out and about - especially if you're away on hols - there's nothing more annoying than being caught short. Say, with no drink and nowhere (that's not a rip-off or a mile-long queue) to buy one. Or finding yourself without anywhere to stow that toy they just had to bring - but have got bored of carrying - or that jumper that's making them hot and cranky, or those pants they just peed that are making you cranky. So. What kit do you really need to keep the show on the road when exploring for the day?
A refillable bottle is the first 'must-have'. And, as we all all becoming conscious of going plastic-free, the Pura 9oz Insulated Toddler XL Sippy Cup is a great choice. Made of stainless steel and silicone, it's vacuum insulated to keep liquids cool up to 24 hours, while being light enough for kids to hold. You can change the spout to a straw top, flat cap or sports top and it's shatterproof, too, in case of those inevitable slips. Ace.
Reusable food wrappers
Along with your planet-saving refillable bottle, if you're taking a packed lunch, foodie brand Roll'eat designs reusable wraps and bags to keep your sarnies fresh that can be cleaned up and used again and again. If yogurts or smoothies are more their thing, Doddle Bags let you store and transport home-made recipes. Fill, zip and enjoy on the go, then wash and repeat.
With the new distractions of a day out, kids can sometimes forget to pop to the loo. A Wet Bag like this one from Bambino Mio is a lifesaver in cases of accidents - so those wet (or worse!) clothes don’t dirty anything else. Also doubles as a swim bag. Genius.
Whether you're heading somewhere noisy and want extra reasssurance, or have a neuro-divergent child with sensory issues, the Ear Defenders and Glasses Combo Pack from Banz is a perfect pick. The defenders are designed for babies from newborn through to 24 months, providing sound protection with padded muffs that are comfortable to wear. The stylish sunglasses offer 100% UV protection, with an elastic strap to get just the right fit. Banz make cool ear defenders for older kids too.
Balanced meals matter, even when you're out and about, and a lunchbox that has lots of different compartments makes this easier to achieve. The Monbento Tresor Kids Bento Box has a range of compartments to help you mix and match food groups. And it can also be customised, which might make them feel keen to help out by carrying it. (We only said 'might'.)
Their own backpack
We love discovering brands that turn leftover rubbish into something new and pretty and useful. Ahead of their time, Engel have been creating their recycled goodies since 2005. Their mini Zipper Backpack is an ideal daytripper bag, roomy enough for all of the kit they need to carry and magically made from plastic bottles. Doubles a handy bag for pre-school too. Top marks.