Most likely your family travels will get you out of the house and into the sun. I've got three brands to suggest as you pack your bags.
Sun Busters: I just got a box of samples to test from this Aussie swimwear company and I was impressed--especially with the adorable two-piece Girls Ruched Set (top center, $18.81). Boys have four colors of the Long Sleeve All-In-One ($25.24) from which to pick. Part rash guard part swimsuit this item provides lots of sun protection. Ideal for pale kids that hate sunscreen--it's a little geeky, but if you act like it's cool your son will never know. Any hey, sunburns aren't cool. All apparel has built-in 50+ UPF. Sizes 3 mos to 12 years.
A. Tierney: Sure it's easy to keep a hat on a defenseless infant (like the adorable ribbon-trimmed Ashley hat), but bigger kids, have to be convinced they look good. I'm grooving on this skull and crossbones floppy hat. I know boys will love the pirate-theme. $18. Use promo code: SMILE08 and get 20% off your order between now and 7/31.
Eyes Cream Shades:My daughter loves her Cotton Candy frames ($24.99) and she gets 100% UVA and UVB protection. I've given the boy's Licorice frame as a gift--always a winner. These aren't toys, they are real sun protection. Company owner, Faith Smith, shares this travel tip: "Please remember to bring your sunglasses and make sure that all lenses block 100% UVA&UVB; rays. When traveling with kids, make sure that their sunglass lenses are polycarbonate. Damage to harmful UV rays is cumulative over time, so the earlier you make proper sun protection a habit... the better your chances of protecting your eyes for life." Got it Faith!And where is our sunglass maven heading this summer? San Diego
Dream vacation: Fiji
Item she won't leave home without: Sunglasses, of course