With the weather getting nicer out, I have been thinking about our summer travels, and that means having a few essentials to ensure the kids are protected from the sun as well as have everything they need for days at the beach. Here are just a few of my favorites.
I am always carrying snacks with me and as a way to reduce waste and reuse what we have, I have been loving the vibrant and eco-friendly Bumkins line. This includes a collection of waterproof lunch and snack bags in a variety of styles and colors. I love how lightweight and easy-to-close these bags are as well as how you can actually use them beyond food. They are great for baby's toiletries, school supplies, change of clothes, small toys, teethers and pacifiers. They are also machine washable, easy-to-clean as well as Lead free, PVC free, BPA free, Phthalates free, and Vinyl free - making them great to use over-and-over again throughout your travels. They also have Bumkins in a variety of Disney-themed bags featuring such characters as Cinderella, Monsters Inc, Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and more!
For luggage for the kids, we are loving the new On-the-Go Rolling Luggage from Itzy Ritzy, a company that believes packing function and style into one eco-friendly punch by providing attractive solutions to everyday challenges. The Adventure Happens line features a rolling suitcase with the interface of a monkey or an owl with a roomy interior pocket and a front zipper pocket for easy access to smaller items. Ideal for ages 3 and up, kids will love rolling their own suitcase to the airport as you can comfortably fit everything they need for a trip. It also features a locking handle for child or adult to pull suitcase and a clear ID pocket to personalize with a child's name.
For summer, be sure to stock up on bandages and we love the line Tröstisar, a Swedish company whose mission is to help children cope with fear and pain. This includes the sweet Cuddly Bandage, a wearable cuddly friend that by touching helps the child to cope with a stressful situation, to calm down when angry or to soothe when sad. This allows parents to place a bandage on their kids wound and then a cute Cuddly Bandage that is fuzzy and soft to the touch. I love the cheerful and vibrant characters that are believed to help with the self soothing process. Additionally, they will soon be running an Instagram competition (starting 5/1), where the winners of an uploaded cuddly photo enters the chance to win free bandages.
For shoes, we are loving Crocs for the kids. These easy slip-on and slip-off shoes are great for everyday adventures as well as water fun. My older girl loves the CrocsLights Butterfly Clog with its illuminated features that lights up with every step. My youngest loves her Crocs Chameleons™ Whale Clog whose pattern changes in the sun, and then back again in the sun. There are also tons of styles for women and men to complete you family's summer look.
For summer hikes and longer adventures, we love the collection from Hi-Tec Sports. For kids our favorite is the Sierra Lite Original Jr, one of the original shoes Hi-Tec created 40 years ago. It has a Multi-Directional Tracion with a rugged outsole, so your child is safe on different types of terrains. It also has a moisture-wicking lining that keeps the foot dry. Lastly, it has a Big-Fit technology that increases the life span of the shoe 2-3 months for that ever growing foot. This includes great colors like pink and purple and blue and yellow.
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We love kids' clothing that is simple and fun, and one of our favorites is My Lil' Superstar and their line of high end and affordable clothing. This includes a collection of designers from A Bird, Desigual and Just for Girls where you can find dresses, play clothes and summer essentials. My daughter had the chance to wear the Deux Par Deux Plaid Cherry Skirt and the fun MIM-PI White T-Shirt that she loves to mix up with its enclosed three designs. As one-stop shop for all of your kids' essentials, we love how they focus on an ode to modern design and fun styles that your kids will love.
For sunnies for kids, we love the cute collection from Zoobug, an international award-winning brand of beautiful eyewear created just for kids by an ophthalmologist, Dr. Julie Le. Beautifully hand-made and made to measure exclusively for babies and children to the age of 12 years. Each frame takes 6 weeks from start to finish. Flex hinges, built up nose bridges, high quality acetate, the kid’s sunglasses feature Italian polarized lenses. The baby frames are made from hypoallergenic materials and each come with adjustable and removable headbands and also bendy tips to shape around their soft heads. This includes a line of a range of sizes and colors with some of our favorites being the Daisy Rosey Pearl and the Purple style for girls.
For hats, we have been loving the collection from Sunday Afternoons, a headwear company based in Oregon that does just that protects kids from sun, while keeping them stylish. Our favorite is the Kids' Play Hat that are sun protective as it offers UPF 50+ certified sun rating. Available in a variety of colors, the hats are water repellent, stain resistant, smartStrap® breakaway chinstrap technology that is really comfortable for kids. They also offer a women's and men's line that will have the whole family protected all summer long.
We love bringing books when traveling, and one of our new favorites is Lately Lily, an insightful lifestyle brand for thoughtful young girls, is launching a collection of new products with Chronicle Books that celebrates the brand’s namesake and her spirit of adventure and imagination. Created by author/illustrator and Lately Lily co-founder, Micah Player, the new releases will launch alongside the brand’s revamped website, and follow the character of Lily as she travels the world with her parents and best friend, Zeborah (a fun loving stuffed zebra). Available now this includes the book, Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl -- a heartfelt and colorful picture book that showcases Lily’s adventures by plane, train, boat, and even by camel. Through her eyes, the story takes readers to newfound destinations, discovering the sights, sounds and people that make international travel so exciting. We also love the Lately Lily ABC Travel Flash Cards, a vibrant collection of flash cards featuring Lily that help kids learn the alphabet and the world of travel at the same time and the Lately Lily Sunny Yellow Suitcase, a unique activity kit that has everything kids need to get ready for an adventure. Includes a booklet with travel tips, exciting games, doodle ideas, activity cards to combat boredom, luggage tags and stickers.
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