Parents are spending £100 on forgotten holiday essentials but these tips could keep lower costs

By Jessica North

88% of parents have admitted to spending up to £100 more on holiday essentials that they have forgotten about.

Vital essentials like nappies, toys and even clothes have made the shopping list according to TravelSupermarket who unsurprisingly found that more than a third of brits find packing stressful.

Whether it's a UK staycation for a few days or a holiday abroad parents are missing some opportunities to save money on what will already likely be a big expenditure.

Forgetful parents can follow these tips from experts and stay on top of the small essentials with the goal of sticking to a holiday budget.

Follow these tips to keep the cost down when travelling with children (Getty)

Understandably, respondents with children typically find packing more stressful than those without, however, more than one in 10 (16%) parents describe it as an ‘extremely stressful experience’.

Families are spending money on replacement items they didn't pack so the first tip is to come up with a list of items that are essential so you don't forget them.

This means items that are harder to buy or are expensive make the top of the list along with your child's favourite toy and medication you might need.

15% of parents forget either their children’s clothes or toys - and a surprising 7% forgetting their children’s nappies too - it’s no wonder we’re spending big on replacements!

Nappies and snacks are things you can buy when you get there but a small amount for travelling will take the edge off the cost.

The experts say these things should make the essentials list:

  • Baby wipes (because mess is guaranteed in any country)

  • A sippy cup for toddlers as many restaurants don’t have cups with lids

  • Sandwich bags for packing snacks while you’re exploring (ideal for avoiding tantrums when they need a treat or two)

  • A basic first aid kit – just in case

  • A portable changing mat, especially if you have young children

  • Hand sanitiser

The final tip is to check your luggage allowance with infants because some airlines will let you take at least one essential item, such as a pushchair or car seat, on board for free and some will even let you take both.

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