Summer is almost upon us, and we’re dreaming of lazy days on a beach near or far. Our Kids Collection Editor Nadine has put together her wishlist of kids’ summer essentials, and we’re giving you the chance to win the whole haul! Read on for the list (and some exclusive discounts), or scroll to the bottom to find out how to enter…  

Holiday must-haves

1. £100 voucher from Jojo Maman Bébé

What we love: We’re huge fans of JoJo Maman Bébé’s well-made holiday essentials, as well as their pretty dresses and smart shirts for special holiday dinners. They’re a quality one-stop-shop for everything you could need for a getaway with little ones.

Aeroplane comfort

2. Fly Legs up flight hammock (from AUD 69.95 / around £42)

What we love: Rolled-up jumpers on the arm rest, extra blankets, pegged-up muslins – we’ve tried all sorts to help our littles ones get to sleep on the plane. We’re sure this invention will work better than all the above put together: a hammock that attaches to the seat in front (without disturbing anyone), so they can pop their feet up and lie flat for a long, comfy snooze. 

Exclusive discount: Enter LETSGO1 for 5% off your order

Portable playtime

3. The Lenovo Tab 4 tablet

What we love: We can’t deny that we often need to resort to a few emergency episodes of Peppa Pig or the finger-tapping CBeebies app for restless children when we’re travelling. This clever tablet has a kids’ account function with special content, a browser that allows you to whitelist websites, and the ability to monitor and limit their daily use. It also comes with a shock-resistant bumper, cool stickers and a blue light filter to protect little eyes.

4. Go Everywhere playmat from Avery Row (£65)

What we love: Even the smallest members of the family need to stretch their legs on a long journey. This beautiful mat allows you to pop them down for a wriggle wherever you are. We love the beautiful colours and eye-catching designs.

Exclusive discount: 15% discount with IESCAPE15

5. Top Trumps (from £4.99)

What we love: A childhood boredom-busting classic, they fit in the smallest (or fullest) of hand-luggage bags and come in so many varieties that they’ll keep everyone entertained for ages. Plus, they’re a real walk down memory lane for mum and dad!

Exclusive discount: 10% off with iescapesummer 

Stylish travel wear

6. Unisex leggings from Fred & Noah (from £13)

What we love: Not only do Fred & Noah leggings look great (we adore the cloud designs – perfect for little jetsetters!), they’re also super-soft and wash really well – both essential for fuss-free travelling.

Exclusive discount: enter code Fredandnoah at the checkout for 15% off

Lunch on the go

7. Lunchbox and pouches from EatWell-UK (from £12)

What we love: Snacks are a must-have on any journey or day trip, and the brightly coloured YumBox keeps everything where it should be (i.e. not all over your bag!). And the handy reusable smoothie pouches mean you can avoid store-bought drinks and give your kids a healthy boost on the go.

Exclusive discount: the code IESCAPE will save you 20%

Safe in the sun

8. Suncream from Ultrasun (from £19)

What we love: Keeping kids safe in the sun is an essential part of any summer break. Ultrasun’s long-lasting cream only needs to be applied once a day, so there’s more time for playing and less time spent trying to keep slippery toddlers still while you re-apply.

9. Sun hat from Little Hotdog Watson (£24.99)

What we love: The shapes, the colours, the super-cool designs… But these hats aren’t a case of style over substance. They’re UPF50+ and protect from both UVA and UVB rays, with embedded mozzie repellent that lasts up to 30 washes. And their clever fabric stops little heads from overheating.

Nature spotting

10. Kids’ binoculars from the RSPB (£27.50)

What we love: These binoculars are the perfect size and weight for little adventurers and animal-lovers, whether you’re birding in the UK or spotting the Big 5 on safari.

Post-swim cosiness

11. Poncho and hair towel from Cuddledry (from £5.99)

What we love: This soft fluffy towel is not only great for drying off wriggly children after a swim, it also offers SPF50+ so they’re safe from the sun until it’s time to get dressed. For chillier days or swimming-pool trips, the hair towel stops wet hair dripping onto clothes (or the need for the dreaded hairdryer).

Naptime shade

12. Snoozeshade PLUS (£29.99)

What we love: Sitting in the sun while enjoying a lazy lunch doesn’t need to be a pipe dream. We know that not all small children are easy nappers, but blocking out the sunshine and the excitement around the buggy might just help them get 40 winks – and you a peaceful meal.


13. Walk-in book from STORY (£25)

What we love: STORY’s walk-in book puts kids into the tale, letting them learn about storytelling through imaginative play. The characters are really cute and everything comes in a handy bag that you can take anywhere.   

Exclusive discount: Use STORY20 at checkout for 20% off


14. Travel cot from BabyHub (cot £169 and teepee pack £29)

What we love: An easy-to-assemble travel cot? At last! It also comes with a fitted mosquito net for safe sleeping and playing on far-flung travels, as well as washable side covers. And our favourite bit? A cover that turns it into a play-teepee! 

Exclusive discount: get 10% off with the code I-escape10 (Valid until 19 July)

15. PJs from The Bright Company (from £24)

What we love: These super-soft organic jersey pyjamas come in unisex designs and different styles, for extra comfy bedtimes. No harmful dyes are used at any stage of production, so you have total peace of mind putting them on small children.

Exclusive discount: get 20% off with the code IESCAPE20

Something to put it all in

16. Kids’ backpack from Tiba + Marl (£35)

What we love: We’ve been fans of Tiba + Marl’s beautiful changing bags for a while, and we can’t get over how cute their kids’ versions are. There’s plenty of space for all their toys and books, and they’re the perfect size for little ones to carry themselves.

Printed memories

17. Photobooks and more from Bob Books (from £2.99)

What we love: We’re guilty of leaving our best family holiday snaps hiding away on our memory cards or Instagram feeds. Bob Books makes it easy to rescue them and turn them into photobooks, calendars or posters so you can relive those lovely memories.

Exclusive discount: Get £10 off your first photobook order when you spend £40, click here for full details

Somewhere to stay

18. A £250 i-escape voucher

What we love: Even if we do say so ourselves, our Kids Collection is the go-to place for stylish family-friendly hotels and rentals. They’re all visited by us and are genuinely child-friendly, while also offering the wow factor for parents. Plus, you’re guaranteed the best rates!   


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