Emma Paton is founder of kids’ and mums’ fashion and lifestyle blog, Finlay Fox. Known for her colourful and fun style, Emma’s blog is filled with the best finds for you and your little ones aimed at design conscious parents.
Emma and her husband, Liam, recently took their two little ones, Finn (5 years) and Violet (2 years) on a British seaside holiday to Camber Sands in East Sussex. Only a two-hour drive from their North London home, Emma told us they were looking forward to escaping the city and having some space for the kids to run around. The house they stayed in was right on the beach and had great facilities for families – such as a pizza oven in the garden.
As the British weather can be unpredictable (to say the least!), we asked Emma what she was planning to take in her suitcase, and got her packing tips for weekends away with kids this summer. Find out more below…
How to pack light (even if there are no luggage restrictions):
I tend to make a list and little packing piles for both the kids in the run up to going away. I try to plan their outfits and pack their clothes in different sections of the case so they can be easily transferred when we get there. If I know there is a washing machine I won't take too much but I have to say we do always end up taking more than we need! There are always the extra things like baby monitors and nappies that take up room so we tend to take a big bag with different compartments in.
Emma’s packing tips:
- Check the weather forecast before you go, only take one jacket and one pair of shoes to cover all bases!
- Roll clothes up to get more in - this also helps to avoid creases
- Taking lots of lighter layers is also a good way to pack
Planning a capsule holiday wardrobe:
It’s nice to take things that mix and match, easy everyday basics and then a few more fun special pieces. We are taking the HULA denim skirt with the braces and patches for Violet as it can be worn with leggings or tights for travel / cooler weather and with sandals and a tee for warmer days. For Finn the HARPER stretch denim joggers are great for his age and super comfortable. Also the MALIBU rainbow knit cardigan, which can double up as a little jacket. I like to plan fun, colourful outfits that stand out and look good in holiday pictures - plus the kids love rainbow colours so they always want to wear them which helps!
Emma’s styling tips:
- Take some kind of warm hat / bonnet as it's a great lightweight way to warm you up on a windy beach walk!
- Pack personalised pouches with some toys and essentials like hair clips and treats in too
- Socks are a nice way to make outfits look more fun and I also love teaming socks with sandals if it’s cooler
Camber Sands, East Sussex
Travel essentials are definitely spare clothes for the journey - for the kids and I. We have been caught out with travel sickness on a few occasions so having some spare bits to hand and wipes / plastic bags to put dirty clothes in is a must have. Muslins are also great as they are used to snuggle into for naps in the car, as comforters, beach blanket, scarf or sun cover up - so versatile!
- Spare clothes for the journey
- Wipes and plastic bags
With thanks to Emma Paton of Finlay Fox
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