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Summer is the absolute best time of year for long road trips, either visiting family or just getting out and exploring a new part of the world. When you don’t have children to think about, you can just grab a weekend bag and hit the road, but once you become a parent, there is a whole world of paraphernalia to consider. These essentials will change as your children get older; muslin cloths will be replaced with extra feeding spoons, and their favourite comforter might one day be replaced with a cherished toy until one day they’re even too big for that!
A company called Book Mallorca recently got in touch to share the results of their travel survey, and the results are absolutely fascinating. They asked 1000 parents in the UK with children under the age of 6, ‘what is the one item you couldn’t live without when travelling with children?’
I know what you must be thinking. It has to be baby wipes. Even after the age when you need them for diaper changes, baby wipes are firmly established as an essential part of your parenting kit. They wipe up every spill, deal with the stickiest of fingers and you can even use them to remove your makeup at the end of a long day. They are quite simply amazing, but those parents surveyed didn’t place them in the top spot.
It must be a sign of our times, but the number one essential item for travelling with kids is a tablet device or iPad. This is followed by snacks, toys, baby wipes and music. The top-5 order is slightly different for parents with just girls, who responded with a tablet device, food, toys, music and a buggy. For parents with just boys, their top 5 was a tablet device, snacks, baby wipes, toys and music. And for parents with boys and girls, the top item was food, followed by a tablet device, wet wipes, music and then toys.
Further down the list, we see things like smartphones, diapers, in-car DVD players and drinks. Entertainment devices, including tablet devices, smartphones, laptops and DVD players were popular with a total of 22.8% of those surveyed. Other interesting and useful items mentioned by respondents include a sick bag (gross, but so much better than the alternative!), a neck pillow, anti-sickness bands and coffee. Two very intelligent people said they couldn’t live without their partner, and two more said that patience is essential! One person said they need love when travelling with their children, and one more said rest stops! Can you imagine a trip without either of those?!
What do you think of the top 10 list? Is there anything else missing? You can see the top 10 results in this colourful infographic!