Becky Wiggins is the writer and editor of food, travel and parenting blog English Mum.  Becky writes extensively in print and online for publications such as Cruise International, The Guardian, Tesco Magazine, Nat Geo Traveller and Royal Caribbean’s blog.  She was shortlisted in Red Magazine’s Red’s Hot Women Awards and won Best Cruise Blogger in the 2014 Cruise Awards.  She knows a handy tip or two about how to get the best out of your family holiday so here's some pointers on packing for a stress free break!

Summer is coming!  And with it, our plans for day trips, long weekends away and longer summer holidays.  Of course, with family travel, it’s never as easy as just packing up and heading off.   There are snacks to make, sunscreen to buy, bags to pack, first aid kids to check, various car seats to fit, and much more.  To help you off on your sunny (hopefully) journey, here are my top tips for travelling by car with the children:

Firstly, make a list (and check it twice).  Yes, I know it’s boring, but when you’re rushing around packing the car, you can guarantee that something vital gets forgotten.  It’s helpful to go through your list the night before so you can remember to pop cool packs into the freezer and start to stack things you need in a designated corner.

Rather than packing a ton of pillows to keep your sleeping children in the right position, the very clever BeltUpp is a seatbelt kit that clips onto your existing seatbelt to support snoozers in high back boosters and prevent them from slumping forward when they nod off.  Very comfy for your child and a lot less room than pillows!