Taking the grandchildren on holiday can be a wonderful bonding experience that your family will treasure forever. Introducing them to new sights, experiences and a whole new culture can be exhilarating for the travel-loving grandparent. Plus, it gives you the chance to spoil them whilst enjoying some quality time, too. In fact, why not start a little earlier with the spoiling and treat the grandkids to some of the coolest travel accessories on the market so that they can hit the road in serious style? Here are some of our favourites, guaranteed to earn you some top grandparent points…
These nifty little children’s suitcases shot to fame when featured on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den and it’s not too hard to see why. The Trunki is designed to encourage children to take responsibility for their own suitcases but in a much more exciting way than afforded by your average, black holdall. Designed in a range of bright colours and in a variety of styles from vehicles to cute animals, these chunky little cases can be packed in the same way as an adult suitcase, and come with a set of wheels to aid transit. However, their USP is that they can be ridden, too! Whether your grandkids would prefer to hop on board a giraffe, a London bus or the Gruffalo, there’s a Trunki out there that’s bound to suit.
Long haul flights can try the patience of even the most mature folk, but for little ones, sometimes being confined to an uncomfortable seat for so long can be too hard to handle. Minimise the chance of tantrums due to discomfort and invest in a TravelSnug, a soft and fleecy carry-on cushion that turns a seat that was not designed with children in mind into a comfortable and cosy nest that helps to support their head and neck should they fall asleep. Available in a range of appealing designs, the TravelSnug doesn’t just help keep kids fidget-free for the flight, it looks pretty cool, too.
Keep the grandkids entertained when travelling with these stylish little rockerz headphones from ZAGG. Specially designed with a built-in governor to prevent music playing over 85 decibels, little ones can lose themselves in their games, music and movies whilst keeping their hearing safe. The cool designs on offer include a tiara reminiscent of something Elsa from Disney’s Frozen would sport, an adorable dragon and a fuzzy lion.
Cool travel accessories for kids don’t always come with a hefty price tag. Just check out some of the beach towels and ponchos from Tesco’s holiday range. From the cast of Pokémon and Ninja Turtles to Minnie Mouse and Spiderman, the grandkids will be delighted when they get to show off their favourite characters by the pool or at the beach. If you have one or two little ones who find it hard to stay still, a cute over-the-head beach poncho means playtime doesn’t have to stop while they are drying off.
Whilst many travellers enjoy a healthy dose of Vitamin D on their holidays, there’s no doubt that you can have too much of a good thing – always remember to protect your skin and eyes against the sun. The same obviously goes for children, which is why treating them to a cool new pair of sunglasses to wear on the beach will not only help them feel super stylish, it will protect their peepers against the sun’s harmful rays, too. The Little Trekkers range offers sunglasses for toddlers, complete with a secure band to keep them neatly in place, all the way up to a selection of mirrored shades for 10 to 15 year olds. Plus, you can pick up a matching protective case to keep those cool shades safe.
Sometimes holiday shopping is nearly as much fun as the trip itself. Unfortunately, we can’t always say the same about travel insurance, even though it is a holiday essential. Medical Travel Compared can help take the hassle out of finding the right insurer for you – we can even help those with pre-existing medical conditions locate a suitable match.