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The Ultimate Travel Checklist

The Essential Travel Checklist

Don’t travel without it!


I’m sure we have all experienced the stress of packing for a holiday, add a few children into the mix and the task can be huge.

To help we have created The UltimateTravel Checklist.

The first page ticks off all the essentials and the second page has lots of blanks to allow you to personalise your checklist to suit your family’s needs.

 

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The Essential Travel Checklist from Dairy Diary

 

 

 

 

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10 holiday activities for the whole family – young or old

10 holiday activities for the whole family – young or

Whether you’re staying at home during the school holidays or enjoying a good old British seaside holiday, there’s bound to be the odd day when you need some new inspiration for things to do.

Having just come back from a fortnight’s holiday in the stunningly beautiful, but rain-prone Wales I feel like I am something of an expert in keeping 3 generations occupied!

So here are a few suggestions for fun – whatever your age!


1 Make a giant map of your location.

Stick large pieces of paper together and draw on a map of where you are using an Ordnance Survey (or Google) as reference. Then draw and colour in landmarks you have visited or activities you have enjoyed. You could even draw in roads or railways and the youngest can use it for model cars or trains.


2 Play a board game.

We love Cranium, Don’t Say It or What a Performance, which are simple enough for everyone to enjoy.


3 Make Stripy Jelly!

Stripy Jelly recipeThis recipe from our fabulous new cookbook, Dairy Diary Favourites, is such fun to make and a winner with all the family. Just make sure you buy additive-free jelly beans or your children will be climbing the walls!!

Custard powder 2 tbsp
Milk 300ml (½ pint)
Strawberry jelly 135g packet
Whipped cream and children’s sweets to decorate

  1. Blend the custard powder with a little cold milk. Bring the remaining milk to the boil and pour onto the mixture, stirring well. Return to the pan and bring back to the boil, stirring. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

2.  Make up the jelly according to the packet’s instructions. Pour a third of the jelly into a jug, stir in the custard and mix well.

3.  Pour half the remaining jelly into a 900ml (1½ pint) glass dish and chill until set. Pour half the custard mixture on top, chill until set. Repeat layers with the remaining mixture, chill until set.

Just before serving, decorate with whipped cream and sweets.


4 Go on a nature walk.

Older members of the family will enjoy sharing their knowledge with little ones and youngsters revel in new discoveries. Children love a challenge, so you could create a list of things to collect, such as:

  • Nature walkSomething round
  • A leaf bigger than the palm of your hand
  • Something that does not belong
  • A fir cone
  • Something yellow
  • A small stick
  • Something rough
  • A feather
  • Something smooth
  • A leaf smaller than your fingernail
  • Something shiny
  • A blade of grass
  • A daisy
  • Something with stripes
  • Something pretty
  • A pebble that looks like an animal

You could even paint the pebble to look even more like the animal when you get home. Or make all of your finds into a collage to keep.


5 Play card games.

Older generations always seem to know great card games, and will enjoy teaching the little ones how to play. You could even make it competitive and give chocolate buttons as prizes.


Treasure hunt crop

6 Head off on a treasure hunt.

This can be as simple or as complex as you like, dependent on the ages of people in the family. You could make clues or just leave a trail to where the ‘treasure’ is. Treasure could be something like a bag of chocolate coins or a few new colouring pens. I bought some pretty but inexpensive stones and hid them amongst pebbles on the beach for the children to find.


7 Go to the cinema or have a DVD night at home.

Choose a good all-rounder family film, buy a big bag of popcorn and relax.


 

Family photo

8 Pose for a family photo.

Place your camera on a tripod or table, set the timer and say cheese!


 

Visit an attraction

9 Visit a local historical site or museum.

Choose somewhere with a mixture of activities, such as children’s trails, interesting artefacts or buildings and, of course, a good café!


10 Play rounders.

If there are small children involved, give them a huge racket and use a soft ball, so that everyone gets a chance to be involved.


 

Dairy Diary Favourites cookbookTo celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic Dairy Diary we have created a collection of the top 100 recipes from the past 35 years.

From children’s teas and quick midweek meals to delicious lunches and decadent desserts, there’s something in this book to tempt everyone.

Click here to find out more.

Museums and mini beasts

I simply must rave about my local museum. My son and I had a day off together as my childminder (otherwise known as Mum and Dad) is on holiday.

Isaac and I decided to dodge the rain and try out a new exhibition at the museum. We were there for hours! It was wonderful!

There were so many hands-on exhibits for Isaac – magnifying glasses for examining mini beasts, dressing-up costumes, puzzles, crayons, Velcro pictures and much more. I am so glad I have encouraged museum visits in my recent Family Fun feature for the 2011 Dairy Diary.

Museums are not just for kids of course – there was plenty for me to learn too! Our lunch in the café was very disappointing though, dishes home-made from local ingredients (as you would expect) were sadly lacking. We opted to share a soggy jacket potato and beans followed by a very dry and definitely not home-made scone. Next time I think we will take a picnic and bake our own scones.

Drop in to your local museum next time you have a rainy day and let me know what it’s like (you might want to take these fabulous Wholesome Raisin Scones with you though!)

Low fat lunches

It’s my family holiday very soon, so I have decided to lose a few pounds ready for donning my shorts (though it may be jeans as we are holidaying in Devon).

I normally shun Rivita for more tasty things such as bread! However, I have been pleasantly surprised. Spread with a little St Dalfour jam (which is sugar free) and some low fat soft cheese they are really quite tasty!

I have chosen the crackers with sesame seeds for extra flavour. Coupled with lots of fruit and delicious baby plum tomatoes sprinkled with a little sea salt – I have survived my days at work.

The Hearty and Healthy Dairy Cookbook has been invaluable for evening meals, particularly Chinese chicken soup, Meaty twizzle sticks and Fruity Italian Sundaes.

For those with an aversion to crackerbread who want a healthy snack give this Spicy Bread Pudding a try.

Do you have a favourite bread pudding recipe?

Travel Tips

Travel tips
I have just finished writing a travel tips page for the 2011 Dairy Diary. Before researching it I never realised how unprepared I have been when travelling abroad! How many of us take the emergency number for our credit card company in case the card is stolen? Not me, that’s for sure! I seldom give anyone at home my holiday contact details either. In fact, I get so wrapped up in what I will wear/eat/drink/do when I am there that I completely forget about all the important stuff.
Thankfully, there has rarely been an emergency while I have been away – except when I was in New York the day before September 11th and no one at home knew my exact itinerary – it pays to be prepared. I would love to hear any useful travel tips or advice on what to take. Also, when booking a flight do you opt for on-board catering or take something of your own? I deliberated this last week when booking flights for a family holiday. I plumped for the in-flight meal as I find all those little parcels quite exciting. The taste is never up to much though!
But what is the best thing to take to eat on a flight? Probably not a particularly ripe French cheese! Try these Cheese Flapjacks – easily portable with oats for slow-releasing energy.

I have just finished writing a travel tips page for the 2011 Dairy Diary.

Before researching it I never realised how unprepared I have been when travelling abroad!

How many of us take the emergency number for our credit card company in case the card is stolen? Not me, that’s for sure! I seldom give anyone at home my holiday contact details either. In fact, I get so wrapped up in what I will wear/eat/drink/do when I am there that I completely forget about all the important stuff.

Thankfully, there has rarely been an emergency while I have been away – except when I was in New York the day before September 11th and no one at home knew my exact itinerary – it pays to be prepared.

When booking a flight do you opt for on-board catering or take something of your own? I deliberated this last week when booking flights for a family holiday. I plumped for the in-flight meal as I find all those little parcels quite exciting. The taste is never up to much though!

But what is the best thing to take to eat on a flight? I would love to hear any useful travel tips or advice on what to take.

Probably not a particularly ripe French cheese! Try these Cheese Flapjacks – easily portable with oats for slow-releasing energy.

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