We have done plenty of holidays with the kid and I would say that I’m pretty good at packing and working out what we need to keep her happy while we are away. I pack light as a rule, but packing for a longer trip had me a bit stumped.
When I was prepairing for the trip I was on the lookout for something portable, engaging and long lasting. Since the kid loves dolls (her 18inch dolls are one of her most prized posessons) I was drawn to Lottie Dolls as a fabulous small portable doll and as alternative to the increasingly popular (with the kid) but disliked by me, Barbie.
These dolls are small 18cm high, realistically proportioned (based on a 9year old girl) doll with a variety of outfits and themes. What I really adore is that they dont fall into conventional ‘fashion doll’ ‘princess doll’ stereotypes. There is Pirate Lottie, Muddy Puddles Lottie, Stargazer Lottie and more.
I got in touch with the fabuous team behind Lottie Dolls and they were generous enough to send the kid two Lotties and some outfits (Super Hero Lottie is still the kids firm favourite). These portable, pop-in-a-pocket sized dolls have been the best thing that we have with us. They go everywhere with the kid, offer hours of amusement and entertainment.
To be clear I am extremely grateful to Arklu for sponsoring the kid while we are travelling – but to anyone feeling like my opinions are rooted in ‘it was a freebie’ should be reassured that we have bought 2 more Lotties since then and another 4 outfits (and given they have a 30% offer at the moment there’s another Lottie in my shopping cart!)
The kid loves mix and matching outfits to different dolls and the freedom to play and experiment.
Other toys we really rate are are the Djeco Mini Games as they are fun and portable as well as always having a good range of crayons and paper. I like the Tiger Tribe sets as they are tidy and self contained.
Crocodile Creek Mini puzzles are ease to pop in a bag and a bonus is that they are double sided. Playmobil is also tough and portable and I love the foil bag sets as they have all the parts for a little storyline in one set. The kid loves the little blind bags from My Little Pony (gag) and also from the Trolls Movie that we saw just before heading on holiday.
Other than that we always bring books for reading herself and being read too. The kid is currently loving the Wrenly Series as she can read them herself and they are nice and illustrated with a fun fast story.
Not forgetting of course, the essential soft toys who can never be left behind. All in all that was a 50ltr kit bag bursting with books, toys and games! Not quite the light minimalist packing I’d been aiming for.
Excuse the instagram images used in this post, between travelling, christmas, miserable weather and getting chicken pox – me as an adult and the kid 2 weeks later. There’s not been much photography going on. Or adventuring. But there has been a lot of playing – thank heavens for great quality, portable toys.
The last few weeks of the fifty two project have been hard work for me this year. I often find this and yet I feel so proud when I do compete a year. I will have a think about the next twelve months and what I want to do.
A lovely trip to the local wildlife park with family. Lots of differnt animals from our usual wildlife park which was wonderful. Pictures curtasy of hubby.
Christmas day walk with her cousin
Happy 6th Birthday my wonderful girl. We adore you.
Haw frost in the valley. Robins who follow and eat crumbs from you palm. Wild ponies and amazing views. For me thats Christmastime.
I am so wowfully behind, so behind!
So here is a quite pictorial from another trip we made while staying in Devon when we arrived in the UK at the begining of our trip.
Enjoying the crispy leaves while walking above Minehead while we visited Somerset and Devon.
A huge shoutout to Therm Outdoor Wear for their wonderful clothing that has kept the kid warm dry and happy. I know I’m not usually a sponsered post person, and its not something I want to bring to my blog, so me mentioning a brand means a lot – this company really does stand for everything I think childrens clothing should represent – getting kids outdoors, whatever the weather.
What do you do after 4 days of travelling and exploring? Well. After desperating trying and succeeding in not falling asleep at the wrong time on the first day. You get down to where you gew up, grab great friends and go walking.
Nothing beats jet lag better than a long walk on the moors in cold winds and drizzle. Thank heavens for wooly hats and the kids Therm Outdoor jacket – it kept her warm and dry and visible. And I love that it’s a New Zealand product that just does it job, no worries.
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