To ease the journey and soothe frayed nerves, products especially designed for travelling with children can prove invaluable both on the journey itself and once you actually get there. Aisling O'Donoghue, owner of www. babytravelshop. ie and mum to Fionn ( four) and Cian ( three), agrees, saying that when going on any trip with little ones it is vital to be organised, and this means knowing what products to bring in advance. " I begin making a list a few weeks before we head off just so I'm not trying to fi nd products at the last minute. We also have a checklist for parents on our website." So what products does she believe are important while travelling and also once you get there? " In terms of keeping children entertained, bring plenty of books and gadgets if you have them. When we're going on a trip in the car we download a movie onto our iPhones and give them to the children. There's also the option of using a portable DVD player." For babies, O'Donoghue recommends a baby-view mirror, which allows them to look at their own refl ection. But how about once you arrive? "A black-out blind is absolutely invaluable because children can fi nd it very diffi cult to sleep if it's still bright outside." She also recommends hats with fl aps at the back – " that way the children won't get burned on their ears or the backs of their neck" – as well as sun-protection clothing. " Travel cots and pram shades are also great."