It’s that time of year again, folks! The end of February sees the internet awash with entries to Mark Warner’s fantastic Family Ambassador Programme with thousands of bloggers hoping to be the next #MarkWarnerMum or #MarkWarnerDad.

You may remember my entry for last year’s competition in which I shared a skiwear wish list; highly appropriate seeing as I’ve just got back from a weekend on the slopes! More on that soon, I promise. But for now, lets leave behind the snow & cosy thermals and instead daydream about long sunny days & floaty frocks. Here’s my top ten travel must-haves plus a selection of my current faves…

 
 
 
1. Summer Dresses
 
The foundation of my holiday wardrobe is a good summer frock (or ten). You can dress them up or down, they’re quick & easy to throw on and there’s no worrying about which top goes with which skirt/trousers/shorts. Fuss-free fashion is the name of the game when I’m on my travels, especially with a couple of kids in tow.
 

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2. Silver Sandals

Silver shoes are an essential for me all year round. They go with everything and I have one ASOS pair in particular that I wear to death. I also have a fabulous pair of silver sandals that I had made in Vietnam which have seen better days; time for another trip to Hoi An, me thinks! Here’s six great pairs that will take you from beach to bar with ease…

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3. Comfy Pumps

For days spent sightseeing and chasing around after the kids a comfy pair of flats is an absolute must. Next’s older girls range goes up to an adult size 7 and is my go-to for cute & comfy pumps.

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4. Go-with-anything Jewellery

I am the queen of packing light so I tend to just take a couple of bits of simple jewellery that will go with everything in my case. Lisa Angel have a great range of jewellery & many items can be personalised, too.

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5.Sunglasses

I have an extraordinary amount of sunglasses considering I live in wet, windy Scotland! It’s not often I get chance to dust them off but a holiday in the sunshine would require at least a couple of pairs; one sensible, one statement. Or maybe just all statement!

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6. Sunhat

Next on the list is a wide brimmed sunhat. I never bothered much with sun safety before I had kids despite the fact my Nan died from skin cancer, but nowadays I’m all about the factor 50 and shade-bathing! Not only does a big floppy hat protect you from the sun’s rays but it also screams South-of-France-glamour which is never a bad thing.

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7. Beach Bag

Those of you who have kids will know how much stuff the little blighters require on a daily basis. In my case it’s mainly food; I am constantly surprised by how much they put away! And then there’s the toys/books/random household objects they insist on bringing. Nappies, wipes, emergency calpol, tissues… I may be the queen of packing light but my children are not!

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8. Swimsuit

I’m not one for swimming in the sea but if there is a pool with a bar, I’m there! Both Madeleine & Thomas love the water so a couple of swimsuits are definitely an essential for me.

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9. Poolside Cover-up

Whether you prefer the beach or the pool a kaftan-style cover-up is a great idea to throw on at lunchtime or for those never ending toilet trips with the little ones.

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10. Lightweight Pyjamas

I’m afraid I’m one of those weirdos that can’t sleep if I’ve nothing on. It doesn’t matter how hot it is I need some kind of clothing and a sheet. Believe me, it caused many a restless night on my travels around South East Asia! So, after a hot day of fun with my little adventurers my final holiday essential is a cool shower, some lightweight PJs and a good book. Sounds like the perfect way to end the day to me!

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What are your travel essentials? Let me know in the comments below or via Facebook. I’m always up for holiday chat!

In the meantime check out this Flipagram that Madeleine & I made as part of our entry. We had so much fun making it, despite the chilly temperatures!

To find out more about the Mark Warner Family Ambassador Programme check out their blog. There’s been some great entries so far; search #MarkWarnerMum or #MarkWarnerDad on Twitter to have a read and good luck if you have entered!

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