Rucksacks themselves have been brilliant (thanks to the staff at Cotswold Outdoors in Cirencester)
Credit card – has taken a bashing
Passports and visas – wouldn’t have got far without them
Walking shoes – worth every penny
Single duvet covers and pillow cases – used most nights to sleep in, whilst in India
Sarong (thanks for the tip Stella) – most useful on the beach and sitting on in India (plastic bus and taxi seats get very hot!!)
Suncream, sunglasses and hats – to protect the pale Beer skin
Umbrella – for sun and rain
Maxi dresses for the girls – it’s important to feel a little bit glamorous at times
Wet wipes – used to ‘wash’ the kids with in India and keep hands clean
Quick drying travel towels – needed for the beach and cheap motels (where no towels provided)
Headtorch – great for night walks and when there is a power cut!
Tissues – needed in India for girls when we were ‘caught short!’
Laptop – downloading photos, emails, blogging, skyping, storing guides, itineraries etc,etc.
Nail scissors – (why do nails grow so much quicker on holiday??) Also used by kids for cutting out stuff. Remember not to leave in hand luggage though, as I did with my first pair and was marched to security in Singapore airport!
E books – reading in airports, long journeys on the beach etc
Electrical tape – wrapping up belongings to fit in the bags, verrucae cure
Card game (WHOT) – played with kids on long journeys and used to make card towers
Rosie – for Josie
Nintendo – for Morgan
GSOH (Good Sense of Humour) Essential when travelling for 85 days with your family!