10 Great Family Day Out Essentials you can’t forget to pack!


Not sure what to take with you for a day out? Unsure what you might need? Here’s 10 ideas for what to pack for a family day out, all weathers considered!

Don’t forget to read my 9 top tips on saving money and time for family trips and travel, too!

1. Sling

A sling saves time, increases accessibility and opens up so many opportunities for days out! For example: countryside walks that are not pram friendly, show caves, boats, beaches! Plus… no queuing for lifts, waiting for another bus if it is already full of prams, and saving time in general. We always take a sling even on the rare occasion we use a pram. There are so many options for slings; please find your local sling library. If you are in Sheffield, please see Sheffield Sling Surgery.

Read my post on Why Slings are a travel essential here.

2. Camera

Good cameras don’t need to cost loads of money. Most phones these days come with a good camera so get snapping! It’s easy to forget to take family photos; but those moments need to be captured. I’m guilty to not taking enough family photos, I have loads of photos of just my son, a few of just me, but hardly any of us all together. Invest in a gorilla pod for digital and SLR cameras to and self timer if you don’t want to ask someone to take a photo of you.

3. Good lunch box and snacks

Snacks and packed lunches are a must! Especially for saving money. Don’t be caught out buying expensive food in museums and attraction kiosks. Snacks are a good distraction for toddlers when travelling, too, especially on public transport to pass the time. I love packing popcorn, crisps/rice crackers and nuts for us all to snack on. I like lunch boxes with different compartments and we usually find good ones from Aldi.

4. Puddle suit

Invest in a good puddle suit. Your kid will get wear out of it most of the year due to our predictable UK weather! In autumn and winter, a puddle suit is perfect for keeping babies and toddlers warm and dry whilst outside. Even in the warmer months, a light weight puddle suit/waterproofs mean your kid can enjoy jumping in puddles or impromptu water and sand play. Most of the year I always pack Eric’s puddle suit and it comes in handy more often than not. It also means that if you are caught out with rain on a day out or at the park, you can still enjoy the day! A puddle suit is easier than a full change of clothes.

5. Bucket and spade

Not just for the beach! Toddlers can have loads of fun with a bucket and spade. Pack it for water and splash play, take it to parks that have rivers and streams for collecting stones and sticks, etc., and it comes in handy for storage too! I like to fill a bucket with small toys and crayons to put in the bottom of the pram for days out.

Read this post for top tips and ideas on entertaining kids when travelling.

6. Vouchers

Check for vouchers before you go to save money. Check money saving supermarket, groupon, wowcher and livingsocial. If you are using trains then check national rail 2for1. Tesco club cards have days out vouchers, and you can find them simply by googling, searching Facebook or asking on a local group/forum online. Don’t forget any annual passes!

7. Backpack

A good backpack is invaluable for days out. I like one with pockets that is a decent size so I can fit everything in. A backpack can double up as a nappy bag and means you can throw it on your back and forget about it!

8. Water

Pack water and lots of it! Especially for family walks and when going to a big family attraction where snacks and drinks are typically priced high! Also don’t be afraid of asking cafes etc., to fill your water bottle up. It saves money on buying overpriced bottles when most places are more than happy to do it.

9. Charged phone

A charged phone is so important for family days out. Your phone might be your camera, and you don’t want to miss out on taking pictures! Maps, GPS, digital vouchers, internet data (checking opening times, important numbers, etc) might all be helpful on a day out so make sure you have a charged phone to do it with.

10. Picnic blanket

A picnic blanket is a must! Picnics are so fun, especially in nice weather. Picnics are free, make a great day out, and keep your bums clean! Don’t be caught out with wet grass, just pack a picnic blanket on those days where you plan to eat outside.

Yay, that’s it! I hope you found these helpful. Do you have any tips for family day out essentials? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Great tips! We were guilty of forgetting the bucket and spade recently. The kids were outraged! I need to check your list before I next go away. Thanks for linking up to #FamilyTravelTips

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