What To Buy? January’s Travel & Lifestyle Round Up

There’s a few products on the market at the moment that have caught my attention, so I wanted to start the year with a new feature for you.  I’m going to share with you the best products for making family travel and life easier in 2018.  I really hope you enjoy it so without further ado I’m going to kick off with some shoes, well sandals to be precise, but I know there is a lot of you out there that love footwear in all it’s guises so here goes:

Teva Sandals

I have been a huge fan of Teva Sandals for a few years now.  The kids range are just brilliant and the adults sandals are pretty awesome too.  Teva sandals are perfect for anyone planning on going on a winter sun holiday in the next few months.  They are made for being active and walking in the sunshine in style and comfort.  I can’t wait until mine hit the beach with the funky wedge styling going on.

teva sandals

Teva have an excellent range of sandals for men, women and children.  Take a look at the Teva women’s sandals available on Amazon now.

University Games Minis for Travel

We received 2 lovely travel games from University Games this month, and we are looking forward to playing them during our family holiday to Cornwall in February.  Paddington Spot The Difference is a fun game for one or more players with 80 spot the difference scenes to keep little ones busy.  5 Second Rule Mini is another family favourite where players are challenged to name so many items in the time it takes the timer to run out.  Sounds easy until you try it!

travel mini games

You can buy these and other travel games from University Games on Amazon. If you would like a chance to win these games you can enter my Facebook giveaway until 31st January 2018.

Sudocrem’s Skin Care Cream

This is a handy little product for travelling with children.  I strongly recommend having one of these little 30g tubes in your bag when travelling to help with dry skin, sun exposure or other minor irritations.  You can even use it as an overnight face mask and wake up to healthy smooth skin in the morning.  Sudocrem’s Skin Care Cream is available from Boots priced £1.99.

sudocrem skin care cream

Tangle Angel Cherub Hair Brush

Dealing with knotty hair is a constant battle in our house, but I think I might just have found the answer.  The girls love their new Tangle Angel Cherub brushes, and they are a big hit with me too.  They are a great size for travel or taking to the pool and using after swimming.  They are also antibacterial and anti static keeping hair healthy and lovely and smooth.  Their innovative design also seems to be preventing lots of tears at hair brushing time too.

tangle angel cherub brush

The Tangle Angel Cherub is £9.95 from www.tangleangel.com.

Great Travel Toiletries

I’ve found some great travel mini’s and full size beauty products this month for you to take a look at.  I like to take a range of toiletries on my holidays as it’s one of the only times I find I have some free time to pamper myself.  When I’m away from home, without all the chores to worry about, I like to make a little me time.  Here’s the travel toiletries you’ll find in my wash bag this month

travel toiletries beauty collection

The products featured here include:

Arm and Hammer – Mini and Full Size (£2.99)

Great for whitening teeth and maintaining enamel strength.

Batiste Dry Shampoo – Mini and Full Size (£1.55)

Great fragrances, perfect for camping and festivals or refreshing your hairstyle on the go.

Femfresh Intimate Wash and Wipes and Shaving Balm

Made using a low PH formula to keep your intimate skin healthy and fresh.

Nair Shaving Cream

Perfect for hair removal from sensitive skin

If you would like to win this set of toiletries for your next trip, you can enter this giveaway until 6th February.

Explore Cuisine Pasta Range

I’ve decided to feature Explore Cuisine here as I know lots of you are wanting to make healthier choices in 2018 or have food intolerances.  I’ve tried out the Green Lentil Penne pasta and Black Bean spaghetti this month, and they are great alternatives to pasta if you ask me.  If you enjoy camping or go self catering because you have specific dietary requirements these boxes would work really well.

gluten free pasta

They are a good gluten free, high protein version of the family favourite and are available from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco priced £3.00 per box.

Swimfreak SharkFin Swimming Goggles

Swimming is very much on our agenda this month, as we want to get Brook started with swimming lessons.  We tried last year but for one reason and another it didn’t go very well.  Swimfreak have sent us some of their awesome SharkFin goggles to help get her started and I think they are going to make a big difference.

swim goggles for kids

They are a super cool design and come in a really handy case with free nose clip, ear plugs and bridges. They are a water tight fit and anti fog also.  The mirrored lens also provides clear visibility in the water.  I think they are going to help get her back into swimming again without a doubt.

Piccolo Baby Food Pouches

One thing I would pack a lot of in my suitcase when the girls were small were baby food pouches.  When kids are small you can never be quite sure how new foods are going to go down, so having a back up supply of food you know they are going to eat helps no end.

piccolo baby food review

Piccolo baby food pouches are brilliant and even though my daughter is 3 years old she was happily sucking on one this morning before going to nursery.  Piccolo pouches are a great snack for kids and perfect for travelling.  The mediterranean inspired organic recipes are brilliant too, with flavours like peach and apple with a hint of basil, banana coconut with a pinch of cinnamon and banana, strawberry and peach with a hint of mint being the biggest hit. The Piccolo baby food range is available on Amazon and at a range of major stores including Asda and Morrisons.

What products have caught your eye this month?  Are there any here that you would love to try?

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We have been provided with samples of the items discussed in this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Zena is a 40ish year old Mum with 3 kids and UK travel blogger who is keen to pursue her passion for exploring despite being a busy parent. She’s also partial to coffee and chocolate.


  1. Margaret Gallagher
    January 14, 2018 / 7:37 am

    Loving your selection university travel games will be be a hit on our journeys

  2. Sandra Bald
    January 14, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Teva sandals for children have really caught my eye after reading your post.
    They look great & would be ideal for our daughter this summer.

  3. January 21, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    I used to have a pair of Teva’s When I was younger. They were brilliant, so comfortable.

  4. January 21, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Oh we love those tangle angel brushes! They are fab on my girls hair, they always get through the knots without pulling.

  5. January 21, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    I love the idea of mini games for travel! Also having travel toiletries is always essential. Thanks for sharing! x

  6. Lynn Brown
    January 21, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    It’s always good to find out about new gluten free products.

  7. January 22, 2018 / 6:16 am

    I’m about to start weaning my youngest so will be looking into those pouches! The mini games look fab too! x

  8. January 22, 2018 / 8:40 am

    We love Piccolo pouches too! I’m weaning my baby, so he has a fair few, but my 3 year old is quite partial to them as well. The Paddington Spot the Difference sounds like one for us too – we have Paddington Snap which has been a big hit, so another variation on the theme would be good!

  9. Amy - All about a Mummy
    January 22, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Baby food pouches saved our holiday one year when our youngest refused to eat anything abroad apart from ice cream. Thank goodness I had chucked a load in the suitcase as a backup!

  10. January 22, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    I love the tangle angel brushes, they’re so pretty and work so well. Great picks for this month x

  11. January 22, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    oooh those sandals look funky. 🙂 I love Piccolo as well! A fab round up with some great products. (We have the Tangle Angel too!)

  12. January 22, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Fab selection! I love the look of those games! My kids would love them. There’s nothing worse than bored kids on a long car journey!

  13. January 23, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I am loving the look of those bean pastas! I’ll have to look out for them in the shop!

  14. January 24, 2018 / 10:24 pm

    What a great selection of items. My two still eat pouches despite being 5.5 years and 20 months!Great idea to do a monthly round up.

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