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Mother Daughter Travel Essentials - alice & amelia
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Mother Daughter Travel Essentials

When thinking about travel essentials it can be easy to over think and over pack. I’ve realised I pretty much just have to pack one for myself and then a mini me version for Amelia. To help me get a handle on what I would need to pack I’ve put together a mood board of our Travel Essentials.

To break it down I separated things into different headings;

The “Packing” Stuff-

To contain our travel essentials; backpacks! A suitcase will obviously be used but a backpack is an essential for me. I like to be hands free so I can hold Amelia’s hand and have the other arm avaliable. Myself and Amelia would obviously go for matching mother daughter backpacks like these ones from Tiba & Marl.


The “Mum” Stuff-

This is the stuff that you just have to have when you’re a Mum; as well as being in charge of Passports and Travel Docs. I’ll need to have a medical kit, wipes (because what parent doesn’t carry wipes?!) and suncream. These things are essential to make sure that no only do we have a good time, but that we are safe.


The “Swim” Stuff-

A main part of a holiday involves beaching/swimming so we will need all of our beachwear. Hats, sunglasses, flipflops and swimming costumes – matching of course?! A huge summer staple for Amelia is her bear hat; she has spent the last two summers in this hat so a holiday wouldn’t be complete without it. I’m pretty certain every day out we’ve had from June-September the hat has been present; it’s become a little Amelia trademark. Amelia is also a bit of a swimming costume hoarder so we would probably have one for each day; plus I can’t imagine I’ll get Amelia out of the water whilst holidaying.


The “Techy” Stuff-

I’m not sure whether it’s a blogger thing or just a parent thing but there’s no way I would go on holiday without my camera! Since blogging my passion for photography has really grown. I love having this blog space for all my photos and being able to look back on all our memories together. So a holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without snapping away the entire time. I would also need my phone and and iPad to keep Amelia occupied whilst we were travelling. Other techy bits would be a mass of charging cables for said techy devices.


The “Stuff” You Can’t Pack-

This is probably the most important section; these are the travel essentials that can’t be packed. My main holiday essential is Amelia; not only is she my daughter but my best friend.  Being a full time single parent means that it’s just us two; we have to make our own adventures. We have so much fun and I would love to see our relationship on holiday. The other things that can’t be packed are the exploring we would do whilst on holiday and the memories we make whilst doing so. I know that they would be moments that we would remember forever.


The Stuff Amelia Would Pack;

I was chatting to Amelia about things she would want to pack and to be honest we would be totally lost if I left it down to her but we would have Nanny and Gramps, which is a bonus! But I love her idea of needing dancing clothes and her favourite sprinkle chocolates; essentials right there!


After putting together the Travel Essentials Mood Board it was so much easier to pull out my Top 10;

  1. Amelia
  2. Adventure
  3. Passports
  4. Medical Kit
  5. Camera
  6. Phone
  7. Swimming Costumes
  8. Sunglasses
  9. Hats
  10. Backpacks

So there we have my top 10 travel essentials; most of which are the same for lots of people but they are our Mother Daughter Travel Essentials. I would love to be able to document these holidays and show that being a solo parent means you can still holiday just the same! I think it would be pretty exciting to see myself and Amelia hand in hand, outfits matching walking down the beach whilst the sun’s setting.



Thanks for reading!xx

*This post is entry to the 2017 Mark Warner Ambassador Programme. 



  1. Sophie Parry
    28th February 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Aww this is adorable!! What a great mood board. I would love to see your photos and the adventures of your holiday, you would have a blast!

  2. 28th February 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Alice this is BRILLIANT! Those picture at the end is so so sweet and that hat is totally Amelia’s trademark! Good luck lovely xxx

  3. 28th February 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Ahhh Alice this is lovely!! Well done and good luck sweetie xxx

  4. 28th February 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Oh Alice this is fantastic. If anyone deserves it, it’s you! Pinsparation!

  5. 1st March 2017 / 12:13 am

    This is SO GOOD!!! I really love your mood board it’s so you. Amelia is just the cutest and you guys would be the best ambassadors for Mark Warner, I’d love to see your photos and read about how you got on. Good luck lovely I really really hope you get a spot! xx

  6. 1st March 2017 / 11:19 am

    Love your mood board, good old cutting and sticking for the win! Also, those Tiba and Mark backpacks are divine. Lovely post and so sweet how involved Amelia is with the planning xx

  7. 1st March 2017 / 10:23 pm

    Aww this is such a brilliant post – so fun, yet informative! My fingers are crossed for you 🙂

    Helen x

  8. 1st March 2017 / 11:46 pm

    What a wonderful mood board! This is fantastic. Good luck!

  9. 1st March 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Lovely mood board, good luck! 🙂

  10. 2nd March 2017 / 10:51 am

    Aw Alice this is beautiful and so crafty. A really lovely mood board. I absolutely love it. Its super creative and really bright and beautiful. Wishing you all the best of luck lovely. Xxx

  11. 2nd March 2017 / 3:42 pm

    This is such an amazingly creative entry! You can see how much time and effort has gone into and I think the result is awesome, Wishing you and Amelia the best of luck lovely lady! xxx

  12. Jenny
    2nd March 2017 / 9:29 pm

    How lovely! I love that you stuck the photos down, and added your own lists and phases x

  13. 2nd March 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Oh I love this Alice. What a gorgeous and creative mood board you have created. Wishing you the best of luck x

  14. 3rd March 2017 / 11:28 pm

    Alice this is such a lovely post, I love you mood board it is so sweet, best of luck lovely lady xx

  15. 4th March 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Aaaah I LOVE you two!!! You and Amelia would be fantastic ambassadors Alice. I’ve so enjoyed being part of their lovely team (it’s the best job ever) and looking at all the entries for this year’s recruits has been fab! Good luck chickie!!! I’ll be rooting for you xx 🙂

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