We are going on our first holiday abroad as a family in May and to say I cannot wait is an understatement! I think I also might have reserved for a second holiday during the October half-term but that’s another story…
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As exciting as it is, it’s also stressful for someone like me who lives to be in control and craves organisation like the next person craves coffee. I’ve written, rewritten, searched for and felt lost over the right holiday checklist. Is it too much? Not enough? How much of each clothes do I need? Which led to me creating my own which I’ll be sharing in another post to be downloaded!
It’s been hard but I’m slowly getting there. I ordered a camera which wasn’t delivered and I’m still trying to either get my money back or get a new camera sent to me; we didn’t have any suitcases; and my kids have grown out of their summer clothes BUT it’s okay. I can do this!
So, where have we bought the majority of our clothes from?
The Mini’s: Primark & H&M. I’ve bought them bits I know they can wear through summer in London as well as on holiday but also that didn’t break the bank because they literally grow out of everything within a year! I’ve also bought them new swimsuits from character.com because they had exactly what we wanted. My favourite buy for Miss 7 was this swimsuit because I really struggled to find anything similar for her age and it’s a design she loves. For Master 4 it was this swimsuit because he’s so fair skinned and I worry about him burning, and also because it’s exactly what he asked for!
Myself: Amazon & Boohoo. I’m not as slim as I would hope to be and not entirely body confident but I also didn’t want to cover up while on holiday so high-waisted bikini’s was the answer. After searching for hours online, Amazon came out tops. I picked my bikini’s based on customer reviews and I couldn’t be happier. This one in particular has a tonne of different designs to choose from and fits really well so I ordered 3 different designs. I also ordered 1 of these swimsuits because… it’s cute LOL. In terms of clothes, I ordered a few dresses from Boohoo’s petite range including this maxi dress which I love and this denim jacket and this basic co-ord set. I also grabbed a few bits from Primark for myself. The other thing I needed was a pair of prescription sunglasses which has been a hassle – I ended up just buying a basic pair of sunglasses and asking my optician to put some prescription sun glass lenses in.
Mister A: Obviously, did his own shopping and I believe he got a lot of it from H&M. He’s a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy so it’s not really hard to imagine that he shopped like a man and just bought what he thought would get him through the holiday. He already had swim shorts and a few pairs of shorts and plenty of tee’s so I’m guessing he probably bought less than any of us (translates: me).
Other essentials: We bought this suitcase set using the large one for mine and the kids stuff, and the small one for Mr.A’s stuff. The only sunscreen I use is this oil one by Ambre Solaire which is Factor 50 but I don’t have to worry about all the whiteness that comes with cream. We bought 2 plug adaptors just to be on the safe side and I also ordered a KeepEmQuiet bag each for both kids because it’s not guaranteed a film on the tablet will keep them occupied!
So that’s my quick guide on where to shop for affordable clothes for the family for a beach holiday! It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but buying things they can wear throughout summer is essential!
Where do you shop for your summer essentials and do you prefer cheaper items that they’ll grow out of or more expensive quality items in the hope that they last? Let me know in the comments and follow me on BlogLovin to stay up to date with all the new content!