...and I've already packed!
Yepp, besides from toiletteries my bag is actually done. And there is space left. And I swear, I have never, ever been this organsied when it comes to travelling, this time I've really thougt the outfits through, and hopefully didn't over - or underpacked :)
Tips from Pinterest I'm trying this year:
* Don't fold - roll! Takes a lot less space and the clothes doesn't wrinkle.
* Fill footwear with socks, underwear or other "small" clothes-items like tanktops or swimsuits for saving space.
* Put shoes in between the steelracks on the bottom of your carry-on, extra space there that you don't always think of!
* Put chargers, earphones etc in a box for glasses and put a spiral from a pen around the phonecharger so it doesn't break. Then put it with your phone and other electronics in a zipperbag for easy acces in security-control. Also put your travelsized fluids like toothpaste and foundation and medicin if you're travelling with that, in another see-through zipperbag for fast and easy security-check :)
- And don't forget to do this with your razor so u can bring it on the plane - maybee ;)
* The kids' bags:
- I've Always had the motto of never packing more for each kid than they can pull/carry by themselves in their own carry-on, and I've never felt they had to little with them.
This year I,m also trying out some great tips from my beloved Pinterest that are:
* Put one whole outfit per day in see-throuhg zipperbag (u can reuse them for the next trip :), and then they can choose one every day on holiday, such a time-saver! I also put swimwear in one, pyamas in one and festive clothing in one. Saves space too as you can press out all extra air.
* Minimize footwear, one good pair to walk in on the plane and one more pair in the suitcase and maybe a pair of flipflops too if you're going on a beach-trip.
* Toys are better left at home - on a holiday you should discover new things ;) One "can't-sleep-without-teddybear", a favouritebook, something to draw on/with and an Ipad or similar is often enough to keep kids entertained during the flight.
We often by the kids one magazine each at the airport too.
If your kids love lego this could be a good idea too (u could do the same with a favourite magnetic puzzle):
* If you're flying at evening/night - pack a pyjamas and let the small kids slip into that on the plane - easier to get them to sleep and easy to put them to bed when you arrive at your destination late at night.
This way we manage to keep luggage at one handluggage each for 1-2 weeks! It's not the end of the world if they use the same t-shirt for 2 days if one gets dirty and u can always do a little washing-up in the bathroom-zink with shampoo if u don't have acces to a washing-machine. But we always pack a couple of extra underwear just in case :)
For more genius tips for travelling visit http://icoolbuzz.com/35-genius-travel-tips-that-will-change-your-life-forever.html
torsdag 24 juli 2014
lördag 19 juli 2014
Today we will take the children on a small bike- adventure on a carfree Island just outside our city. The island is called Brommö and has only one house where the man who drives the ferry lives all year round - therefor it'll be essential that we pack enough food, drinks etc - so here's my list!
Neo, who's almost four, will be riding in the car´t behind my bike on wich we will put his litte bike on too s he can ride it as much or little as he wants to. The cart will also hold some of our supplies :)
So anyway, the packlist:
* One change of clothes /extra sweater if it gets cold each
* Sandtoys (remember to bring at least as many shevels as u have kids so them ;) Or just bring plastic cones - works as shevels, buckets and to make sandcastles from. On a bike trip with kids you need to minimize packing as much as u can.
* Some kind of ball, frisbee or similar.
* Umbrella, for shade at the beach for the small kids.
* Water/drinks - a lot!
* Picknick food that u know the kids like/will eat, snacks fruit. For hot days watermelons are great, but heavy ;) Don't forget a good knife, spoons etc. Easy-to-reach snacks can be a Life-saver too!
* Bugs-offspray and aloe vera or similar for bites
* Patches and tick-plucker
Now we need to get packing :)
I'll update u with photos tonight.
onsdag 16 juli 2014
This blog hasn't been active for a while because I have had so many other things to focus on but now I have a job that allows me to spend more time on the blog - and most important of all - more time time to travel! As neither of us parents are made of Money we mainly travel Europé and of course our own lovely country here in Scandinavia - Sweden :)
This summer (august) we're going to Benalmadena, Spain (near Malaga), where none of us has ever been before and we're so excited! I've never been that far South in Europe before and am of course hoping for great weather and fantastic family days spent on the beach. Since I discovered Pinterest a while ago I've come across a ton of tips and tricks for packing, flying and travelling with kids, I'll try most of them and then update you on how/if they worked!
But it's already summer and we've had a couple of great weatherdays here in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia too :p I work 24-hour shifts wich gets me a lot of free time, the kids have summerholiday from school and so does my husband who's a teacher - a lot of time for adventures that is!
So in June we went to Denmark for a visit to Legoland - that can be reeeeally expensive with three kids but we managed to get away rather cheap by camping in our tent at Legoland Holiday Village - great Place where u can bring your own tent or Caravan, or stay in their Indian tents. Playground, playroom with Nintendo and wifi, good hygien spaces such as family bathrooms etc.
Our kids loved their first tent - experience!
The tickets to Legoland are also cheaper if u by them at the Holiday village, and u get an extra day for free! And yes - you do need an extra day, especially if your kids are over 3 yrs old and like to go on the rides ;)
If you want to stay in more of a city than Billund is I can strongly recommend to find a b&b or similar in Vejle, about 30 min by car from Legoland - and in that case, don't miss the restaurant Spisegalleriet where u can try dishes like camel or alligator or just enjoy their huuuuge sallads buffet.
Tip: If you're planning a trip to Legoland Billund this summer try to go on aug 16th - Danish musicician Rasmus Seebach will be there playing and he's just lovely to listen to for the adults!
Another tip is that places like this often place offers in children's comic books, cereal packages ets. For example we found our coupons on the package of some hamburger bread we bought - "buy one children's ticket and get an adult ticket for free" (adult prices start at 13 yrs old, and kids under 3 are free of charge).
And while speaking of amusementparks and we're living close to Skara Sommarland (www.skarasommarland.se), a big water/amusementpark here in Sweden) we have seasoncards this year so a lot of daytrips there - and of course we'vee been to my hometown Gothenburg and the wonderful amusementpark Liseberg (www.liseberg.se), so here are some pictures from there aswell.
Neo with his beloved Liseberg-rabbit in the Liseberg-rabbit boatride :)
Other days off are spent on one of the many beaches around the area where we live (close to the lake Vänern) - I'll update you on what to bring and what is better left at home for more space in the car when planning a beachday with your kids tomorrow! Looking forward to blog on a Daily bases again!
Mariestad and Vänern, Sweden