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6 Summer Essentials for Holidaying in Ireland

We are staycationing this year.

The thoughts of a two year old on a plane would be enough for me to take to the bed. We are taking a chance with the weather, but the main advantage is that you can pack the kitchen sink if you are so inclined. I am not, and perfectly content to leave it where it is. And I can only presume it’s happy enough to stay there.

Here are my summer essential for holidaying in Ireland:

1. Parenting Sayings

There are a few variations on the normal parenting sayings that are especially for holidays. You can of course rely on your usual arsenal of sayings, but these might prove useful too:

  • Only boring people get bored
  • You need to think outside the box
  • You will look back on this time and remember it as fun
  • You think this is bad? You should have seen it in the 80’s

2. Sun Cream AND After Sun

You’d think that holidaying in a country where you can forget your flip flops but you cannot under any circumstances forget your umbrella, that you can forgo the sun cream. But no, you certainly can not! While feeling the sun beaming down on us may be absolutely lovely, prolonged sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer. Children who get sunburned in childhood or adolescence are at an increased risk of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) in later life. Read more about protecting children from the dangers of the sun here. If you do catch a bit of the sun, remember that it generally only comes up after the shops have closed. Thus leaving you with a long night ahead. So stock up on the after sun!

3. Emergency Kit

I covered emergency rainy day kits in this article, but never forget the travel one. It’s a little different and has some changes, including:

  • Pack of cards
  • Sucky sweets
  • Colouring book and crayons

It takes a little time to put together, but will save you in stress in the long run. Even at its best, the weather here is temperamental and under no circumstances can be relied upon for consistent good weather. And by good I mean, that last stage of rain before it starts bouncing off the ground.

4. Plasters

Having been recently stuck for a plaster at short notice myself, I now have full empathy for my children’s plaster panic. Even when there’s no blood, they make everything better. The truth is, that they really do. Boo-boo’s happen to everyone. We are all in fact human. Never forget them.

5. Calpol

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I never leave home without it anymore, the post-traumatic stress disorder has worn off at this stage. Suffice to say, last year’s trip away could have run a bit smoother if I’d have remembered it. I don’t know what came over me, leaving it casually behind sitting silently on the shelf in the bathroom. People don’t get sick on holidays? Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, but one-year-olds definitely teeth...

6. Wellies

Raining out and can’t get to the beach? The only thing more fun than the beach in the sun is the beach in the rain. And the best thing about wellies is that they wipe clean. The most important words to any parent when on holiday. That and, of course, the Holy Grail... sleeping in. What would you add to our list of summer essentials for holidaying in Ireland?

As always, we would love to hear your opinions. Please leave a comment below.


About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.

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