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Good to go with kids in tow

Get prepared for a kids day out, whether at the farm or the beach, with a handy checklist

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Good to go with kids in tow

Be prepared for spur-of-the-moment family outings with our checklist.

When was the last time you poked a crab in a rockpool, unearthed a worm or bottle-fed a baby goat? This summer, the trend is for spur-of-the-moment al fresco daycations: It's all about having bucket loads of fun at the drop of a (sun) hat.

Keep it simple

New research shows that when it comes to kids' activities, the simpler the better. "Resist the temptation to cram too much into your day," says Boots Parenting Club health visitor Angela Davy. "Too much excitement can be overwhelming for a small person. If your toddler wants to spend your entire trip to the zoo in front of the monkey cage, let them!"

Pack smart for spontaneous fun

Our top tip if you want to seize the day when the sun's up (or even when it's not): keep a day trip kit handy. Here's what we'd recommend:

And here's our added extras:

For mucking about on the farm

Along with blowing a grass trumpet, visiting a farm is one of the top 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4, according to a recent report.

Along with your basic kit bag, you might want to take:

For chasing waves beside the seaside

“Give your child a little bucket and let her forage for stuff - shells, pebbles, seaweed - to fill it with,” says Sue Palmer, child development specialist. “It'll develop her emerging ability to sort and compare.”

Other things to pack:

  • Pop-up tent - so baby can nap on the beach in the shade
  • Bucket and spade (of course!)

For bear hunts and beast quests in the country

Fun up a simple country walk by turning it into a bear hunt or mini-beast quest: Unearth a worm, find a spider's web, forage for woodlice. “Little children don't get much chance to stop and stare,” says Sue Palmer. “Getting down with the bugs helps them learn how to pay attention, and feel connected with the world.”

What else to take on your adventure:

For rocking the music festival

Singing is a great way to teach new words and build familiarity with existing ones. So, as you move to the groove of your favourite band, congratulate yourself that you are also giving your little one a leg up the language ladder.

For your kit:

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, load up your little ones and go and have a day to remember!

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Good to go with kids in tow

This summer, the trend is for spur-of-the-moment, al fresco daycations: It's all about having bucket loads of fun at the drop of a (sun) hat.

Keep it simple

'Resist the temptation to cram too much into your day,' says Boots Parenting Club health visitor Angela Davy. 'Too much excitement can be overwhelming for a small person.'

Spontaneous fun

Keep a day trip kit in your car. Here's what we'd recommend:

Boots Soltan Sun-Cream Range
Lightweight buggy
Plastic-backed picnic blanket
Nappies and wipes
Raincoat
Plastic bag for rubbish
Boots Pharmaceuticals Travel First Aid Kit
Change of clothes
Peppa Pig lunch bag Miniclub Sunsafe hat and Mickey Mouse blue wayfarer
Healthy snacks
Boots Pharmaceuticals Repel Insect Repellent Range (6 months +)

Farm Fun

Along with blowing a grass trumpet, visiting a farm is one of the top 50 things to do before you're 11¾, according to a recent report.

Boots Pharmaceuticals Allergy Relief 1 Year Plus Antihistamine Syrup
Boots harness and reins
Wellies
Portable soother steriliser

Beside the seaside

'Give your child a little bucket and let her forage for stuff - shells, pebbles, seaweed - to fill it with,' says Sue Palmer, child development specialist. 'It'll develop her emerging ability to sort and compare.

Other things to pack:
Pop-up tent
Bucket and spade

Country Pursuits

Fun up a simple country walk by turning it into a bear hunt or mini-beast quest. 'Getting down with the bugs helps kids learn how to pay attention, and feel connected with the world.' says Sue Palmer.

Adventure extras:
Boots Advanced First Aid Anti Viral Hand Foam
Thermo-insulated flask

Festival frolics

Singing is a great way to teach new words and build familiarity with existing ones.

For your kit:
Pop-up travel cot
Baby sleeping bag
Travel steriliser
Travel ear plugs
Portable potty

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, load up your little ones and go and have a day to remember!