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We were looking for items that solved real travel problems that most parents face

30 June 2011 – Holiday company Tots to Travel has created a handy list of six must have products that genuinely make life easier for parents of babies and young children while they’re on vacation. All six of these products were named as winners in the inaugural Tots to Travel Just Go! Awards and each represents a stress area that parents face while travelling with kids.

“With the summer holidays just around the corner, we wanted to help parents find the essential products that will make their holiday easier and more relaxing,” explains Wendy Shand, family travel expert and founder of Tots to Travel.

“We were looking for items that solved real travel problems that most parents face. The products need to be small, light or easy to pack; be great quality; versatile so that they’re not exclusively used for just two weeks a year; represent good value for money and are thoroughly practical,” she continues.

The six items are:
For the journey – getting there and pack is often the hardest part:
Bubblebum Inflatable Car Booster : This inflatable car booster seat (£29.99) answers the real problem of how to pack a bulky booster seat into holiday luggage. With airlines increasingly charging for every piece of luggage and car hire companies regularly failing to provide suitable car seats, the Bubblebum Inflatable Car Booster is the lightweight answer.

Fun & Games – how to keep children entertained when boredom strikes:
Fuzzoodles: a pipe cleaner craft toy (£9.99) that lets kids create monsters. It packs small, is quiet, suitable for a broad age range and even parents will enjoy playing with them. They’re brilliant for use on the journey, as a rainy day holiday activity or even during meal times to stop boredom setting in.

Sleeping – how to let young children get the sleep they need when they’re not in their own bed
Snoozeshade: a UV protection snooze shade that fits over prams, providing a darkened, shady sleep space for tots (£19.99). This ‘no hassle’ product offers sheer convenience, sun safety and versatility whilst ensuring that the whole family can have a proper holiday whilst your little one sleeps.

Safety – keeping tots safe without the security of home
Milton Sterilising Tablets (£2.29) – an oldie but a goodie! These tablets melt into water to sterilise bottles, dummies and anything else. No need for expensive, clunky gadgets, the Milton Sterilising Tablets are so small, versatile and cost effective that they are an ideal travel product for babies and toddlers.

Feeding – how to enjoy holiday meals without a fuss
Totseat : a fabric high chair alternative (£24.50) which ties to any regular chair. It packs away small, goes in the washing machine and is a ‘no brainer’ product for hungry tots on the go. It’s like having a portable high chair in your pocket.

All round really useful product that will get used daily
Morrck Splasha – soft hooded towelling wrap (£19.95). This is a product that parents would be upset to forget. Brilliant for days on the beach, camping holidays, festivals, next to the swimming pool, after bathtime or just chilling out, the Splasha is one piece of kit kids will use daily, saving on packing lots of extra towels and clothes.

To see reviews of each of these winning products, go to http://totstotravelblog.typepad.com. For ideas on where to have your next family holiday, go to www.totstotravel.co.uk

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Notes for editors
About Tots to Travel

Multi-award winning Tots to Travel (www.totstotravel.co.uk) gives parents with young children and babies peace of mind and a stress free family holiday experience – from start to finish. Frustrated by the lack of safe, family friendly holiday accommodation, Wendy Shand, mum of three, set up this unique holiday lettings agency in April 2006, starting with the question “what really frustrates mums and dads when they are planning, booking and going on holiday?” and then seeking to find solutions. The result? A company that goes to extreme lengths to give families exactly what they want from their holiday.

This approach is entirely family focussed, starting with a team of mums who are trained (using a system developed with CAPT, the Child Accident Prevention Trust) to visit and vet properties based on what parents really want from their holidays. What’s more they have a team of ‘Holiday Heroes’ who know all about travelling with tots, what questions to ask and which properties to recommend to suit individual, family requirements. That means a stress free holiday search service for busy parents, smooth booking process and, once on holiday, beautiful, safe environments where families can enjoy relaxed, quality time together. That’s their promise.

This unique approach is creating waves within the travel industry and the company’s success has been recognised with a cabinet of awards including the Cisco Customer Kings Award for outstanding customer service (March 2010). In addition Wendy Shand has won the Mother@work Best Mumpreneur Award 2007, the Enterprisenation Home Business of the Year Award 2007 and the BT Essence of the Entrepreneur Award 2007. The company was also a regional finalist in the HSBC Start Up Stars awards 2008, a finalist in the StartUps Awards 2008 and a runner up in the Everywomen Awards 2008. Wendy has been named Practical Parenting’s Inspirational Business Mum of the Year 2009 and was a runner up in the Remote Worker Awards 2009. She was also shortlisted in the SHINE Women First Awards 2011.


Contact:
Melissa Talago
Peekaboo Communications
Tel: 01635 248496
Email: Melissa@peekaboocoms.co.uk



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