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September travel essentials – the round-up

Ah autumn – season of mists, mellow fruits and money being spent on half-term travel. Or so it seems. Having put my planning hat on in August, September seems to have whizzed by in a rather fun if frantic blur.

Girl in a field with a suitcase - my travel essentials for the month, from beauty, books and fashion to my latest suitcase must-haves

I’ve been at the Britmums blogging conference, BML17, where I helped plan and run an Instawalk. I’ve been catching up with bloggers over afternoon tea and oysters at the seaside. And I’ve been planning our trip to Oman with Stubborn Mule who arranged our Cambodia trip – we had such an amazing time, I went straight back and booked this new one.

To be honest, I’m amazed there’s any cash left for anything else. I have managed to acquire a few new things though: here are my September travel essentials and additions to my packing lists.

Fashion
One of the benefits of working for yourself is being able to take a day off – so I’ve heard, as working for myself seems to involve working all the time! But for once, I did just that, heading to Brighton to meet up with two blogging friends – Maria from One Tiny Leap and Ting from My Travel Monkey – on an unexpectedly sunny day, to have lunch by the sea.

And, as I waited to meet them, a chance to pop into Sophia & Matt in the Lanes and pick up a belated birthday present. I had one of their changing bags for years until I literally wore it out, and as the zip on my own temporary bag (bought a year ago. hmmm) was finally giving up, decided to get one all for myself – the Yayoi shoulder bag. Isn’t it pretty!

Brighton's streets and beach on a sunny day plus my new bag from Sophia and Matt - my September travel essentials

As well as Brighton, they have a shop in Greenwich – check out the Cutty Sark while you’re there – and are on notonthehighstreet as well.

My second purchase wasn’t quite so successful. Having discovered a new website called All Sole (following bloggers on Instagram can be dangerous), I ordered some fun buckled ankle boots to celebrate autumn (and still my birthday) in. Unfortunately when they arrived, they weren’t as comfy as the other reviews suggested… so back they went. But I’m keeping an eye on a few other things to replace a falling apart pair of much loved boots.

Travel essentials
My daughter has finally started swimming lessons – well, we did baby swimming lessons together and she’s been swimming with her floatsuits for a couple of years, with ever more floats coming out. And now she’s five, she can take part at the lessons in our local leisure centre.

Let’s just say we had a mixed beginning until I got the best purchase of all time – Zoggs kids little seal goggles. She’s gone from grumbling about her old pair/grumbling about water being splashed on her to fearlessly dipping under the water so much that they may actually have made her part seal. I rarely have to persuade her to get into the pool on our travels (somehow even more fun than the chlorine-filled swimming baths at home!) but these are definitely a new suitcase essential.

New Zoggs goggles and Sunuva swimwear plus Uno - some of my September travel essentials

And having heard so many people quote UNO as the ultimate game to pack when you’re travelling with kids, I’ve finally bought a pack. I think Minnie might still be a bit young as it’s aimed at 7+ but it’s not too dissimilar to a game we already love called Animal Taki which is a kids’ version of an Israeli version of UNO, so I’m betting it’ll be a success.

Books
With our trip to Oman only a few weeks away, I’m finishing up the last bits of planning and poring over my new Lonely Planet guide to Oman which is currently on sale (hurrah!).

And to entertain my daughter along the way, I’ve bought Revolting Rhymes to add to our Dahl collection. She’s devoured most of the rest (except The Witches as I reckon that’s a bit scary) and since being reminded of the revolting rhymes and Dirty Beasts at the Roald Dahl Museum earlier this year, I’ve been meaning to pick that up too.

Lonely Planet guide to Oman and more Roald Dahl - some of my September travel essentials

As a bonus, my parents have uncovered a trunk-full (literally!) of Enid Blyton books including most of the Famous Five, Secret Seven and several other series I half remember or had entirely forgotten. We are not going to be short of bedtime stories for a while!

 

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Main image courtesy Pixabay, fashion product images courtesy of the retailer, all others copyright MummyTravels

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