Re­lax­ation in the bag with th­ese good­ies

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel - Sarah Bryden-Brown

ONCE upon a time, in a land far, far away, a fam­ily went on a hol­i­day with noth­ing more than sib­ling ri­valry to keep the kids en­ter­tained and a sunny hol­i­day out­fit for mum and dad to re­mind them that this was meant to be fun.

Now that all those chil­dren have grown up and are in the driv­ing seat, they’ve come to learn only too well the ben­e­fits of out­sourc­ing a fam­ily’s hap­pi­ness, from en­ter­tain­ment to com­fort. Th­ese hol­i­day picks won’t cost the earth and, even bet­ter, will help make a fam­ily hol­i­day more than just pic­ture-per­fect: you’re sure to come home with a me­mory stick full of happy snaps. Case closed: A hol­i­day is not the time to try to teach the ben­e­fits of shar­ing, so it’s best to give each child their own suit­case be­cause who knows what dis­as­ter may hap­pen if their clothes are found to be touch­ing. Chil­dren are more likely to want to be in charge of their own bag if it’s a cute, pull-along Trunki ($64.95). And you’ll be more likely to want to buy your kids a Trunki be­cause when they give up be­ing in charge — af­ter a minute — they can ride on this hard case while you pull them along.­i­tude­lon­gi­ Sounds of si­lence: Par­ents know the an­swers to most ques­tions chil­dren come up with and are happy to fudge the rest, ex­cept for one: ‘‘ Are we there yet?’’ That’s a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion no mat­ter which way you go. So avoid it on long drives by slip­ping in a CD of the kids’ favourite au­dio book and you’ll have si­lence for at least as long as it takes to get to the next toi­let stop. The Sound­books web­site hosts a li­brary of se­lec­tions from Harry Pot­ter for the older ones, AirBaby:Mu­sic­For Dream­ing for the bubs and What’stheTime, MrWolf? for those in be­tween. www.sound­ A pock­et­ful of fun: The Snack and Play Travel Tray ($44.95) has pock­ets for pen­cils, pa­per and parteaten snacks, a padded rim to stop pen­cils, pa­per and part-eaten snacks fall­ing off, and it col­lapses on im­pact, earn­ing it a high safety rat­ing for use in cars, or in ho­tel rooms when karate-chopped by a sib­ling. Bags it: Mum’s hol­i­day bag will carry the weight of the world from her shoul­ders, so best make it a good one. Leave the clutch at home and in­vest in a chic, stripy mes­sen­ger bag ($129.95), which is the most com­fort­able of de­signs as it can be slung across your body, spread­ing the load. Lots of pock­ets and zips are a must to store shells from the beach, sticks from the play­ground, half-eaten sand­wiches, dolly’s left shoe, 13 Match­box cars and your lippy.­naand­ Pil­low talk: The Kid Squidgy Pil­low ($15.95) must have been in­vented by a par­ent who couldn’t bear to spend an­other sec­ond watch­ing their child sleep­ing with their ear touch­ing their belly­but­ton.

Filled with who knows what, it’s a pil­low shaped liked a mag­net and is, well, squidgy. It moulds around the child’s neck for a soft, se­cure head­rest. www.cradle­ Snap happy: Give the chil­dren their own dig­i­tal cam­era and view your hol­i­day through their eyes. Fisher Price makes a kid-tough dig­i­tal cam­era ($149.99) de­signed for chubby hands. Nat­u­rally it comes in blue and pink, clev­erly has two-eye view­ing (ever seen a child try to wink?) and works just like a grown-up ver­sion, al­low­ing you to store and print the pic­tures.­ Sarah Bryden-Brown is the ed­i­tor of

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