Family Camping essentials
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- Published on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:07
- Last Updated on 25 April 2018
- Monica Costa
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I have recently read a worrying survey published in the Post Office Money annual Parents’ Summer Spending report which shows that parents will spend £468 entertaining their children this Summer. Fun holidays don’t need to be so expensive! Recently I went camping at Cornbury Music Festival and I realised how cheap kids’ entertainment at family camping can be. Over half of parents (52 per cent) are worried about covering the cost of entertaining their children during the school holidays, but while camping, children can browse freely outdoor and play all day making new friends. That is good-old-times type of fun which is great for developing social skills that our urban children seem to lack (none excluded). Family camping essentials that came useful during my wild experience include the following items.
Sleeping bags for camping
When my son was a baby could only sleep in sleeping bags because he moved too much over night and without these sacks he would have slept without a blanket all night. Then sleeping bags with feet came along and he started walking in them. I always wanted to try and sleep in one of those wonderful sacks… Call me crazy but now even parents can wear them. Now I have found them in big sizes. These are perfect for the Summer while camping but can be reused as normal pyjamas or onesies in Winter nights. The genius behind this new product is one of the first London Mums in my network, Karina Grassy of Slumbersac. Read her inspirational story here. I love the quality of these bags.
More family camping essentials
Whether it’s glamping, caravaning or full on pitch-a-tent camping you’re into, you need to pack only the most important things as space is always an issue when camping. Don’t forget a camping blanket, pillows, comfy shoes, a foldable table, a waterproof bag and a night lamp. I found most items for our family camping from Flying Tiger which has everything to make the outdoor trip more enjoyable! Flying Tiger Copenhagen is a global Danish design store that sells stuff which puts a smile on people’s face. And all at surprisingly affordable prices.
Sun cream for sensitive skin
Summer is hopefully on its way again and when the sun comes out so does our skin! Sudden changes in climate can wreak havoc on our skin and it’s important to protect it from harmful rays now more than ever before. With this in mind, London Mums have been looking for sun scream products for sensitive skin and found some of the best include new sun care range SunSafe SPF50 for summer 2017 by leading mineral skincare experts Dead Sea Spa Magik, exclusively sold in health retail giant Holland & Barrett.
Dead Sea Spa Magik range seem perfect for all members of the family and provide all round protection from UVA & UVB rays, and all are light-weight easily absorbed formulas that are waterproof for up to eight hours. The entire range is “free from” common allergens and even suitable for those following a gluten and dairy free lifestyle, as well as vegetarians and vegans.
What I like the most about this range is its high absorbency and delicate natural scent. All products tested are made with unique blends of marine minerals and plant extracts which are gentle on the skin. I also like the fact that all creams are waterproof for up to eight hours, as well as deeply hydrating. It is also invisible and does not leave those nasty white marks that I hate especially when on the beach. Dead Sea Spa Magik’s new SunSafe range for SS17 is currently exclusive to Holland & Barrett stores and www.hollandandbarrett.com only.
The Original Shewee
To ensure kids are always busy, in dull moments for example when driving or flying to places they can entertain themselves with fidget toys. Our kids’ club has chosen Thumb Chucks skill toy and SpinZipz spinners describing them as the coolest fidget toys for the Summer of 2017.
Endless tricks and lit-up in colour, they are perfect fidgets for festivals and summer events. Entertainment on the go, mastering tricks also look great on social media posts and get huge views! They are great talking pieces on air too!
Taking social media by storm, Thumb Chucks are the hottest skill toy to be seen with. Massively addictive, Thumb Chucks from Zing Toys are easy to learn, but challenging to master. Impossible to put down until the next new trick is mastered, they light up and come in a range of cool colours. Mastering tricks and uploading your videos online unlocks new coloured, interchangeable belts that players can use to flaunt their skill status. Players upload and showcase tricks with special effects on social media with the Thumb Chucks App and watch new trick tutorials by the Thumb Chucks guru online. £7.99 RRP.
SpinZipz fidget spinners – NEW in UK – featured by Jason Bradbury and on Live with Kelly and Ryan (US Chat Show)
Attracting millions of views on YouTube and Social Media, Zing Toy’s souped-up spinner range is now available in the UK. SpinZipz and SpinBladez stands out from the crowd with its distinctive coloured LED lights and stackable features, perfect for day and night play. Connect two spinners for double up light effect! The range includes two styles; two blade Spin Zipz (£7.99rrp) and three blade Spinbladez (£9.99rrp).
Thumb Chucks and Spinners are part of Zing Toys new Every Day Play Range which introduce unique new skill toys that are incredible cool to play with.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums