This year, we are determined to go away on holiday against all the odds. In fact, we’re hoping to squeeze in a couple of trips before September, after all this is the last time we’ll be able to go away outside of school holidays.
Our first trip will be to Scotland at the end of May. We would usually camp in our folding camper (glorified trailer tent), but this year it’s just not practical with my husband still being unable to walk. I really didn’t fancy having to do everything with the tent as well as looking after everyone. It wouldn’t be a holiday for me at all.
So, we are heading up to the beautiful Blairmore Farm, courtesy of Embrace Scotland. This is the perfect self-catering accommodation for us because they accept dogs so it really will be a family affair.
The only problem with holidaying with the dogs is that we really, really don’t travel light. My husband seems to pack for any eventuality – I even wrote a blog post especially for him, dedicated to packing light. This means that the girls and I really need to pack sensibly.
LittleLife Wheelie Duffle
Libby is old enough now to want to take her own bag on holiday. The only problem we have is that she ends up taking several little bags, all of which take up space. So, when LittleLife asked if we’d like to review their Little Life Wheelie Duffle Ladybird Suitcase, we knew it would be perfect for us.
The Ladybird suitcase is just the right size to fit all Libby’s clothes in for a week away. It has two zips on the main compartment and the zips have loops on them that will hold a padlock – perfect for travelling abroad.
When open, the main area is deceptively spacious in comparison to the size of the outside. There is also a great little zipped compartment, perfect for storing things like toiletries, hair clips and any other small items that would otherwise get lost.
At the top of the suitcase is a handle to pick it up by, and another zip. Opening the zip reveals a pull-up handle that you can use to wheel the suitcase along. There is also a name and address label here that you can write on with a biro. This is a much better idea than the detachable name and address labels on grown-up suitcases, I have no idea why this isn’t on all of them!
Libby is more than happy to pull along her full suitcase, she manages really well even when it is full. It seems to distribute the weight well so that she is completely independent with her little bag. The only problem she’s going to have with it is that her little sister wants it too! The suitcase is recommended for children aged three years and over. So this time next year, I suspect we’ll be in the market for another one!