I am sure you know how much we love going on adventures as a family, especially if you’ve read any of my travel posts in the past. However, we love to explore our own country just as much; even if it’s just packing up a picnic and going for a stroll outdoors with the boys.
You may have seen my review of the Baby Jogger City Tour, which I am an absolute convert for – it’s incredibly lightweight and perfect for nipping about with the boys and especially good for traveling. However when we are home and out on our adventures it’s great to have something sturdier, which will withstand our more off the beaten track pursuits!
As you may know, I am an ambassador for Baby Jogger this year, and I’ve been really enjoying testing out some of their range of fantastic pushchairs; whatever your family’s needs, it seems they have you covered. We’ve been trialing out the City Mini GT recently which has been amazing for getting out and about on long summer walks and off road picnics. I love how well it handles the rough terrain with its sturdy wheels and front suspension for when we take the boys out on a Gruffalo hunt in the woods, and that either of the boys can fit in it if their little legs can’t carry them any more, Henry is 4 and the seat is still deep enough for his long legs should he need a seat.
The sun canopy is SPF 50 which not only protects from the sun, but it comes down so low that it shelters from rain showers too. The seat pretty much lays flat using a clip method and the simple quick fold technology means it collapses really easily. Something new for me was the hand activated brake, it’s a bit tricky to get used to as I have always used a foot brake but it means it’s always easy to get to.
With the summer in full swing and many of us out on adventures I thought I would share some of my top travel tips for always being ready for any eventuality when out as a family, and also include some tips from travel expert and mum of 2, Laura Hamilton.
– Expert Travel Tips for Outdoor Adventures –
Always plan for the unexpected – you never know how muddy a winter walk can get – keep a bag of change of clothes for all the family in the car and spare juice boxes.
Consider joining the National Trust or English Heritage for lots of fun days out.
Keep a suncream in the car or in your change bag for unpredictable sunshine – some of my favourites are in this video
Think about investing in a glider board for older children for when little legs get tired.
Keep a plastic backed picnic blanket in the boot of your car. It’s great for picnics if the ground is damp but also great to keep the boot of your car mud free if you have been off the beaten track with your City Mini GT.
Keep a spare pack of wipes in the car – you can never have enough wipes!!
Put seat covers on the backs of your seats in the car so if your little ones lick them with their muddy feet they don’t ruin the seats.
Pack a little box of small toys, books and puzzles for long journeys to save little ones from getting too bored.
I hope these tips are helpful, I’d love to hear what you would recommend!! Happy travels.