Summer Essentials 2015

The mornings are getting lighter, and we all know what that means – the holidays are coming! For many parents the idea of long journeys makes their heart sink: and even when you arrive, it can be difficult to encourage children to engage with holiday activities. It is enough to convince someone that perhaps a staycation is a better option.

But London Mums know that travelling doesn’t have to be boring, and can actually be a wonderful time for your child’s imagination to let loose! Whether you are travelling with kids or stay in London this Summer, you should treat yourselves to these cool Summer Essentials. Here are some of our best buys.

Travel essentials

Sainsbury’s sells a luggage range in the Constellation collection. London Mums’ favourite one is this blue and white striped cabin bag that is  just perfect and light for kids to carry around and start taking ownership for their own bags. RRP £39.99

Cabin luggage by Sainsburys summer essentials

Summer gadgets

Splash action camera by Kitvision

Splash action camera by Kitvision summer essentials

Great waterproof camera for high resolution images and full HD 1080p videos.
RRP £69.99


My Doodles watches

My Doodles watches summer essentials

These cool animal shaped watches are suitable for children over 4 years.

RRP £15

Summer Essentials Kitsound My Doodles gadgets London Mums magazine collage

All these child friendly Summer Essentials London Mums have found this year are so cute that many teenagers and students have found themselves unable to resist, and it is easy to see why. The clever designs are based around characters, such as an alien, a monkey, a bee, and our personal favourite, an owl.

My Doodles Children’s Robot Backpack RRP £14.99

You can keep the fun going wherever you are and wherever you are going with this playful backpack. The cushioned front is ideal for delicate items, and the adjustable straps mean your child can wear it as a backpack or over their body like a satchel.

My Doodles Character 85 dB Limiting Headphones (Owl, Football, Penguin, Alien, Ladybird, Monkey) RRP £15.00

Nothing keeps little ones happier than listening to their tunes or relaxing to an audio book, and these headphones are a lifesaver for parents. By limiting the volume to 85 dB, you can protect your little one’s ears whilst they enjoy listening.

My Doodles Travel Pillow (Bee, Owl, Monkey) RRP £10.00

Keep your little ones happy when travelling with these fun travel pillows. The flexible design provides extra support for your child’s neck, and not only are they available in three different fun designs, but your child will arrive refreshed and ready for any adventure!

Swing Radio

I love the Swing Radio by KitSound for its retro look inspired by the 1920s style with a modern twist and for being so light (only 630 gr) – ideal to take with you on holiday.  So I will tune into my favourite radio stations and wake up to the sounds of  great music thanks to its alarm clock setting. The multi function control panel with sleep and snooze options is great to relax in bed for as long as possible. The practical carry handle and the option to be mains or battery powered makes the Swing Radio portable and convenient. Whether you’re cooking in your kitchen or enjoying a picnic in the park, the Swing is the ideal radio for accompany you to make every moment musical. KitSound products are available in most high street and online retailers, like Amazon. RRP £36.00


Travel games


Our favourite travel game this Summer must be LA COUR DU ROI – CHESS set sold online by Molly & The Wolf, the online shopping destination that offers a curated selection of unique and fun children’s toys, gifts and clothes. In my son’s school they have introduced chess as an activity and also added a chess club similarly to Spain where chess has been added to the national curriculum in schools to instil concentration in schoolchildren, and improve memory and strategic capacity.

chess for children portable set

The reason we love this particular chess kit is that it is quirky, it involves a bit of art & craft and is extremely portable. This set is particularly fun because the children would need to spend the first fifteen minutes creating the chess men using the counters and stickers provided.

We also love it because it is an excellent eco toy that comes with Organic Cotton Bag that doubles up as the game board, 32 wooden pieces made of certified PEFC wood and 32 stickers printed on eco-friendly Imprim’Vert labels’. RRP £20.00

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