Packing for school trips is always a challenge! If you suffer from “packing-panic" syndrome - don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a handy packing list to make sure your children don't forget their school trip essentials.
The items to pack will depend on the destination, weather and activities your children will be involved in. We’ve created our packing list with a summer school trip in mind, but we’re sure it will also be useful for a trip in the spring, autumn or early winter. Let's get packing!
1) Backpack & water bottle
Get ready for a school trip with a lightweight and comfortable backpack. Double-check if the straps are fully adjustable for a better fit and extra comfort. Don’t forget about a reusable water bottle to keep your children hydrated on-the-go.
Make sure your children stay warm and dry whatever the weather – a breathable, waterproof jacket
and a pair of drizzle-defeating trousers
can be a lifesaver! Even the sunniest day can end up with rain – ahh, the joys of British weather!
3) Comfortable shoes
A pair of comfortable trainers or walking shoes is necessary to keep away blisters, as your children are almost definitely going to be doing a lot of walking!
Nothing beats wellies
when it comes to practical packing. Obviously, they protect against big wet puddles and muddy yomps, but they also have the benefit of no laces or Velcro so can be easily slipped on and off feet.
A high factor sun lotion is essential, especially in the summer. You can’t guarantee they will pop some sunscreen on before taking part in the outdoor activities but at least if you pack it they have the choice!
6) Sun hat & sunglasses
Pack a protective sun hat and pair of fun sunglasses for extra sun protection because you never know what British summer might deliver.
7) Suitable clothing
Layers, layers and more layers – don’t let the weather surprise them! A t-shirt, a long-sleeved top, a light jumper and a waterproof jacket
are key to keeping your children comfortable while they ramble in the great outdoors. Layers are handy as they can be added or removed depending on the temperature.
A small and practical washbag including soap, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste should be enough – avoid packing big and heavy bottles so that your child doesn’t have to carry unnecessary baggage.
9) Healthy snacks
Healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit and oat bars are a perfect alternative to crisps and cookies.
10) Something to keep them busy
A book, a magazine, a notepad and pencils or a good old colouring book will make a long (and boring) coach or train trip easier and will keep your children occupied. If you have some brilliant packing tips or would like to share your ultimate packing checklist, leave us a comment below.