Travel equipment

Taking the Mayhems out may involve all sorts of different equipment, such as the big items like buggies and car seats or small items like snack pots. Here are some things we have found useful

  • Electrical plugs and sockets around the world
    Did you know that there are 14 types of plugs you could encounter when you travel abroad! When planning a trip, we (or rather Papa Joe) used to spend a lot of time checking to see what type of plug we would come across and whether we would then have […]
  • Story Cloud – online stories to read with The Mayhems
    Papa Joe loves his time reading stories to The Mayhems. We have just discovered Story Cloud, an online resource for computers or ipad/tablets created by the brilliant ‘Discover Children’s Story Centre’ at Stratford, London […]
  • Make Your Own Magnetic Travelling Tray
    Recently I came across a great idea for making your own travelling magnetic travelling tray. The Mayhems have great fun with Tiger Tribe magnetic playbooks. These are Australian so if you are visiting there stock up otherwise try making your own […]
  • Hippychick Hipseat Child Carrier – Updated Review
    We first saw a Hipseat in use at The National Trust’s Wimpole Hall. Buggies are not allowed in the house but you can borrow a Hipseat to carry your toddler around the rooms.   We were so intrigued by the Hipseat that we got in touch with […]
  • Handbag 2 Handbag Organiser – makes finding things easy
    I always panic that I have left something in the seat back pocket at the end of a flight. I used to try and keep my things together in a pouch but it never seemed big enough. So I was really pleased to see that the ‘Handbag 2 Handbag’ […]
  • The Hong Kong Taxi App
    Pronunciation is the key! Hong Kong was a British colony and all the street signs are in English and Chinese so getting around should be simple. Our problem is that we pronounce the names in a different way to the taxi drivers! Our grandchildren […]
  • Skip Hop Grab & Go Stroller Organiser – Review
    Ever since I managed to topple my buggy and daughter backwards I have been wary about hanging bags from the buggy handles – don’t worry she wasn’t hurt and now has children of her own. When I took her children out recently I got […]
  • Potette Plus – Travelling Potty – Review
    Our granddaughter suddenly decided that she has had enough of nappies and wants to use the big people’s toilet. She took to using a training seat really quickly and now the morning can be taken up with her continually asking to use the toilet. […]
  • New car = new ‘Quinny Zapp Stroller’
    “Brilliant, very cleverly engineered”  Papa Joe said as we unpacked our new Quinny Zapp Stroller.  Men seem to notice things like that. Our previous buggy was just a fraction too long to get into the boot of our new car.  After a lot of […]
  • New car = new buggy
    We finally decided to pension off our trusty blue Nissan Micra after 11 years of sterling service.  Both our girls used it and our elder daughter still drives it when she and our grandchildren come from Hong Kong and stay with us. (That is Daisy in […]
  • Travel Blackout! Review – Cot Canopy Breeze
    Our eldest daughter and her two girls live in Hong Kong.  It is lovely when they come to stay with us but things can get very hectic, especially when the children are jetlagged. No matter how  we arrange blackout curtains and blinds there is always […]
  • Car Seats
      I am a great believer in having the children strapped in the car securely. When my children were young a friend had a nasty experience when her son managed to undo the buckle of his seat and startle her by tapping her on the shoulder while […]
  • What Buggy Should We Have?
    I remember when my nephew was taken on holiday to the USA in the 1970s. His parents took a lightweight  folding Maclaren buggy which was a hit with the Americans as they were still buying large push chairs and prams. That buggy got handed down to my […]
  • Keeping Warm in a Buggy – Morrck Baby Hoodie
    This winter’s cold weather has made preparing to go out with a baby in a buggy more of a chore than usual.  Trying to keep a hat on our granddaughter is a continual battle. The Morrck Baby Hoodie solved our problem. The Baby Hoodie is a […]
  • Travel Grobag – Review
    How things change.  I thought a Growbag was a something to grow my tomato plants in.  I was all geared up to crochet my first baby blanket when I saw my grandaughter being zipped into her Grobag to go to bed.   I was soon won over by its benefits of […]