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A Trip to the Snow: What You Need

Mummy Confession: We have never been on a family holiday. This winter, we plan on going on a nice holiday to the snow

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To my friends overseas, it may seem like a silly idea, having to travel to see the snow. Sydney never gets snow, though, so it is necessary if my kids want to see the fluffy white stuff. They have never seen snow (except for when my oldest was 9 months old, but there is no way she remembers that). So, this is going to be exciting for everyone!

Now, coming from a snowy-winter State in the US, I have an idea of what I will be needing as we travel, but needed to create bit of a list as I’ve never been there with children. I’ve compiled a list of essentials when traveling to the snow in Australia, essentially this is a list for adults and children, but I have mostly included photos of the things for children. I hope this will help anyone set to pack up and head to frolic about the flurries!

Included below are some things to bring along and Part Two includes some road trip essentials, snack ideas, game/activity ideas and helpful tips from fellow road-travelers.
This list will be edited upon my return and critiqued as well!

Here is the quick click for the lists on this topic:
(The later ones will be edited to click through to the next post)

What to Pack: Essentials for Snow ❄️

What to Bring for Baby/Toddler👶🏻

What To Bring in the Car (With Kids)🚗

Easily Accessible

In the Glove Box

In a Bag/Container in the Car

Activities for the Car Trip🎲

Music for the Trip🎶

Recipes That Travel Well🍽

Helpful Road Trip Resources and Tips‼️

Advice from Fellow Travellers⁉️

What to Pack: Essentials for Snow

1. Lip Balm & lotion– Those cold temperatures can make lips and skin quite dry! Be sure to go for a Chapstick with SPF, because lips can get sunburn, too! I prefer the Blistex range for myself. Over here, there aren’t as many choices, but they offer a fair few types in the US.

For lotion, I’m a big Nivea and Aveeno fan! Aveeno is great for my bubs sensitive skin as well, so win-win! I make sure to apply it several times a day, especially on my hands, as they get chapped and dry very quickly in the winter weather!

2. Sunscreen– Though it’s cold, the sun is still out! It reflects off of the snow, and you can wind up with some pretty bad sunburn if you aren’t careful. I have very fair skin and so do a couple of my kids, so I need to be mindful of when I last applied sunscreen, and that I cover everything that isn’t covered by clothing. Be sure it’s a good brand and actually true to the rating. You can do some research here on sunscreen and finding the right one for you. We use Nivea SunKids 50+ Roll On for the kids, and Cancer council Classic 50+ Classic for the adults. Our littlest has to use a more sensitive sunscreen, and I have been recommended MooGoo Sunscreens for him.

3. Snow Gear- pants, jacket, boots, hat and gloves all waterproof or water resistant. Yes, you can do it old-school and just wear thicker pants and a warm jacket. I know how quickly things get soggy, and soggy turns to frozen in the cold. I wanted to make sure I purchased winter-proof (and water proof or resistant) snow pants, coat, gloves/mittens, and boots especially!

For Jackets/Coats, I prefer ones without the fluffy bit outside the hood, as I recall my childhood was spent picking the snow and ice out of the fluff, and it just seemed to trap it close to my face. A hood is essential for my kids, even with a hat, just to keep the snow out of their suit! I opted for ones with snow skirts and all the bits to keep snow outside the jacket! I’ve bought the girl’s jacket from Mountain Warehouse, and the boy’s from Amazon.

Snow Jacket from Amazon (I Extreme brand)

For Pants, Similar guidelines for the pants, as they had to keep the snow out, and keep warm! I prefer the overall style, as I don’t need my kids’ pants falling down as they play! The girl pants from Mountain Warehouse have a removable Overall. The boy’s does not remove, but I think that’s for the best! I opted for two pieces rather than one, as two of the kids are toilet trained, and it’s easier to take off a pair of pants than to try and manoeuvre out of the whole suit itself! I hope this proves a smart move on my part!

Overall style snow pants from Mountain Warehouse

For Boots, I made sure to go up a size, as thick winter socks are a lot better for the snowy temperatures! I look on Amazon for reviews in order to better choose a pair for my kids, if not to purchase online as well.  I purchased my boots from Mountain Warehouse and Amazon. For the style, it was just based on which reviews were the best, and the design did not matter. I found a great design that was less than half as much as the others, so I went for the camo! They’ll be hiding under the pants, anyways!

Snow Boots from Amazon (Northside Brand)

I prefer mittens for smaller kids, as it’s a hard enough job to get a thumb separate from the other fingers! I really love these Thinsulate gloves I found at H&M! They are water resistant and not super bulky for already struggling little fingers. Gloves are fairly easy to track down, but just make sure they do keep little hands warm!

Thinsulate mittens from H & M

-I found these great thinsulate hats online which are made to keep extra warm, but not as thick. You can find these a range of places. I also have the fur trapper style hats for the littler kids.

Fur trapper style hat from Kmart

4. Thick socks– I love the woollen socks by Holeproof Explorer, and they do keep your feet nice and cozy! I also managed to snag some merino socks from the Aldi snow sale!

Merino socks from Aldi’s snow sale

5. Thermal gear or layers– Plenty of clothing is essential, and the warm clothing especially. Back in the US, we layered up more than wearing thermals, but I find with kids, the less clothing needed, the less laundry I have to do later. Kmart has thermals for all ages at affordable prices, so I started there. I picked up a couple for each child. I also got some merino style shirts as well, as I have been told they do better for regulating temperatures. They do tend to run more pricey.

Thermal tops from Kmart

6. Warm clothing and pyjamas– Again, this is obvious, but you wear more, and you soak through clothing no matter how water resistant your gear is due to sweating, so bring plenty of warm things to change into after your activities outside. My favourites for the kids are some cozy fleece PJs from Kmart or these lovely footie pyjamas my mum sent me from the States. For the baby, I prefer to sleep him in a tog rated sleeping bag with the appropriate clothing, or his merino or tog rated sleepwear.

7. A four wheel drive vehicle or chains – Apparently in Australia, if you do not own a four wheel drive vehicle, chains are required on tyres upon traveling to snowy areas. This is a new thing for me, because I’m fairly certain they were illegal in my home State.

8. Plastic bags or other waterproof bags– For transportation of wet gear. But, a more handy tip we used back stateside was to actually wrap our feet (over top of the socks, under the boots) in plastic bags to prevent having soggy socks which turned into frozen toes.

9. Water Bottles– Its important to stay hydrated, especially when you don’t think it’s too hot. Chapped or burning lips can be a sign of dehydration (or sunburn), so be sure you are getting the recommended intake of water each day, especially if you are participating in snow sports. Be sure the kids get enough, too, because they often forget. We use these Camelbak ones for the kids, which have a handy place for a caribeener to hook them up and not lose them in the snow!

10. Snow Fun– Now, you can hire or you can buy your fun. We’ve purchased a couple small sleds in Aldi’s snow sale, but plan to hire anything else needed as we need. I’d prefer not to bring all the bulky equipment that we won’t use after this trip, and it shouldn’t run too pricey, as the kids are young and mostly want to run around in the snow.

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What to Bring for Babies &Toddlers

1. A travel cot– Obviously where we go will have beds for those who sleep in them, but the baby needs somewhere to stay, too! I’ve heard the Baby Bjorn Travel Cot Light is quite good!

Fisher Price Portacot from Amazon (affiliate ad)

2. Portable High Chair– Of course wherever you go will have chairs, but in case they don’t accomodate younger babies, a high chair will be needed. I opt for the more portable options that can be stuck on any chair such as the Target brand portable booster or the Gro Company chair harness.

Summer Infant Portable Booster from Amazon (affiliate ad)

3. Sleeping Bag, Swaddle or Sleep Suit– those cold winter nights can mean a chilly baby. In order to help you figure out what clothing and tog to use, most companies make a chart to help. The Gro Company has a handy thermometer called the Gro Egg in order to let you know what layers and sleeping bag would work best. We recently purchased the ErgoPouch Sleep Suit Bag and Love to Dream Sleep Suit (the comparison is here if you want to know the differences), so those are some other great options.

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A good sleeping bag or sleep suit helps take the worry out of cold temperature weather at night time!

4. A Good Baby Carrier– IF you are going to be outside with a baby in the snow for a while, and this baby isn’t great at walking (or doesn’t walk), it may be a good idea to take along a good carrier for bubs. The Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors is great for active times, and it is built to keep weather out a bit better than a typical carrier, as well as drying quicker. It may be a bit of a time to put a fully snow-proofed baby into though- I guess we will see!

The Baby Bjorn Carrier One Outdoors

5. Medicines, just in case!– You don’t want to be running around trying to find medicine at all hours of the night, so it’s best to pack just in case! Be sure you carry paracetamol, ibuprofen, allergy medicine and any other occasional medicine you have used. We add an inhaler, some eczema cream, and some cough/cold medicine as well as vitamins and probiotics.

6. Nightlights and Comfort Objects– Being away from home may mean some homesickness or uneasiness about travel. Bringing a comfort toy from home and a nightlight may help them feel more secure and also help them during the night when they need to get up and use the toilet or for you to see if you need to tend to their needs as well. The GroEgg is a great option for this, and doubles as a thermometer as well!

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The GroEgg is a thermometer and nightlight-perfect for a snow trip!

Now that covers the bulk things you need specifically for the winter fun, but where do you begin when it comes to the long drive? I’ve covered that (and even have some tasty take along snacks contributed by some lovely people for you to check out)!

Check out What You Need For The Trip There (Road Trip Style)

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Meal Plan Monday: Week #11

Does anyone else feel like this year is rushing by?! It’s already Week #11 of Meal Plan Monday and we have had some truly amazing recipes! I hope you have been enjoying all that is out there, along with the soup, salad, and dessert of the week!

I could always use some inspiration, so please feel free to contact me with the form on my page if you would like to contribute! Use #CookingwithMPM if you do create some of these lovely dishes!

This week we’re featuring My Gluten Free Miami, Fork and Beans, Easy Peasy Foodie, Eats Amazing, Domestically Blissful, and Kidgredients.

if you’ve missed any of the meal plans in the past weeks, check them out here!

Monday: Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce from My Gluten Free Miami

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Tuesday: BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes from Fork and Beans

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BBQ Chickpea Sloppy Joes; Photo Credit: Fork and Beans

Wednesday: Pork Gyoza with Dipping Sauce from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox (scroll a little to recipe)

Pork Gyoza with Dipping Sauce; Photo Credit: Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Thursday: Bulgogi Style Beef with Noodles and Veggies from Kidgredients

Bulgogi Style Beef with Noodles and Vegetables; Photo Credt: Kidgredients

Friday: Honey Mustard Salmon with Potato Wedges from Eats Amazing

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Honey Mustard Salmon Fillet with Potato Wedges; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Saturday: Lamb Rogan Josh from Easy Peasy Foodie

Lamb Rogan Josh; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Sunday: Tuscan Bean Stew from Easy Peasy Foodie

Tuscan Bean Stew; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week:
Soup: Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon from My Gluten Free Miami

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Gluten Free Clam Chowder with Bacon; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Salad: Thai Chicken Salad with Honey Drizzled Cashews from Easy Peasy Foodie

Thai Chicken Salad with Honey Drizzled Cashews; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Dessert: Lemon Lavender Scones from Domestically Blissful

Lemon Lavendar Scones; Photo Credit: Domestically Blissful

Meal Plan Monday: Week #10

Wow! Week Ten already? Here’s yet another delicious week ahead with 7 great recipes from all over! Don’t forget we have a Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week as well (check the bottom of this post)! When you use these recipes, use #CookingwithMPM if you like sharing your creations to social media, and enjoy!

This week a couple of the recipes are great served as prepared for the littlest of your family members! Check out those pages for even more great ideas! We are sharing recipes from The Starving Chef, Good Food Week,  The Happy Weaner, My Gluten Free Miami, and Healing Gracie’s Gut.

We’re always looking for tasty meals, so send us a message if you want to feature one of yours! Have a lovely week!

Monday: Garlic Pineapple Beef Stir Fry from The Starving Chef

Garlic Pineapple Beef Stir Fry; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Tuesday: Dukkah Crusted Chicken with Lemon Hommus from Good Food Week

Dukkah Crusted Chicken with Lemon Hommus; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Wednesday: Super Food Curry from The Happy Weaner

Thursday: Eggplant Parmigiana from The Starving Chef

Eggplant Parmigiana; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Friday: Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits from My Gluten Free Miami

Cheesy Gluten Free Shrimp and Grits; Photo Credit:My Gluten Free Miami

Saturday: One Pan Coq au Vin from The Starving Chef

One Pan Coq au Vin; Photo Credit: The Starving Chef

Sunday: Slow Cooked Bolognese from Healing Gracie’s Gut

Slow Cooked Bolognese; Photo Credit: Healing Gracie’s Gut

Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week:

Soup of the Week: Ling White Bean and Kale Soup from Good Food Week

Long White Bean and Kale Soup; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Salad of the Week: Lemon Tahini Gluten Free Orzo Salad from My Gluten Free Miami

Lemon Tahini Gluten Free Orzo Salad; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Dessert of the Week: Carrot Cake Bliss Balls from Good Food Week

Carrot Cake Bliss Balls; Photo Credit: Good Food Week


Meal Plan Monday: Week #9

Hello everyone! Thank you for checking out the meal plan this week! So far, we have had so many nice recipes! This week we are featuring some yummy recipes from Super Healthy Kids, My Gluten Free Miami, Eats Amazing, Daisies & Pie, Kidgredients, and Bites of Flavor! We are continuing with a Soup, Salad, and Dessert of the Week as well (read all the way to the bottom, yum! Featuring Good Food Week, Kidgredients, and Goodie Goodie Lunch Box!

Feel free to let us know what you are loving and what recipes you want to see more! Use the hashtag #CookingwithMPM to show us how you’re cooking and enjoying the meals!

So, I present to you, the Meal Plan! Be sure to subscribe to get an email when they are posted weekly! Enjoy!

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Easy Weeknight Veggie Gnocchi; Photo Credit: Super Healthy Kids

Monday: Easy Weeknight Veggie Gnocchi from Super Healthy Kids

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Gluten Free Skirt Steak Sandwich; Photo Credit: My Gluten Free Miami

Tuesday: Gluten Free Skirt Steak Sandwich from My Gluten Free Miami

Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken; Photo Credit: Bites of Flavor

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken from Bites of Flavor

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Turkey Bolognese; Photo Credit: Daisies & Pie

Thursday: Turkey Bolognese from Daisies & Pie

Easy Salmon and Rice Parcels; Photo Credit: Eats Amazing

Friday: Easy Salmon and Rice Parcels from Eats Amazing

Cheesy Vegetable Enchilada Casserole; Photo Credit: Bites of Flavor

Saturday: Vegetable Enchilada Casserole from Bites of Flavor

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Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb; Photo Credit: Kidgredients

Sunday: Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb from Kidgredients

Soup, Salad & Dessert
Soup of the Week: Red lentil and tomato soup (scroll to recipe on page) from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Red Lentil and Tomato Soup; Photo Credit: Goodie Goodie Luchbox

Salad of the Week: Warm Mediterranean Salad from Good Food Week

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Warm Mediterranean Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Dessert of the week: Chocolate Avocado Mousse from Kidgredients

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Avocado Chocolate Mousse; Photo Credit: Kidgredients


In case you’ve missed any weeks of the meal plan (or just want other recipes) be sure to check them out here!

Meal Plan Monday: Week #8

Wow! Nearly two months of meal planning! I have to admit, I’ve been pretty bad at it, and have done meals from different days and missed some, but I’m getting better! I hope you are getting some good recipes and ideas for your table here! Let me know what sort of meals you are looking for, and I will try to find some!

This week, along with SEVEN new recipes for dinner, I am adding a Soup, Salad & Dessert of the Week! Even more goodness! Be sure to share with everyone you know so they can get some delicious ideas, too!

Featuring  Biscuits and Grading, Miss Food Fairy, My Fussy Eater, Good Food Week, Easy Peasy Foodie, and Family Capers!

Tag #CookingwithMPM if you use these, so we can see your tasty creations! Enjoy!

Steak and Mushroom Risotto; Photo Credit: Bicuits and Grading

Monday: Steak and Mushroom Risotto from Biscuits and Grading

Vietnamese Pork Skewers; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Tuesday: Vietnamese Pork Skewers from Miss Food Fairy

Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos ; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Wednesday: Spicy Asian Chicken Tacos from Miss Food Fairy

Sausage & Butterbean Casserole; Photo Credit: My Fussy Eater

Thursday: Sausage and Butterbean Casserole from My Fussy Eater

Baked Barramundi with Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Friday: Baked Barramundi with Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes from Good Food Week

Hungarian Beef Goulash; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Saturday: Hungarian Beef Goulash from Easy Peasy Foodie

Chicken Pot Pie with Leek and Mushrooms; Photo Credit: Family Capers

Sunday: Chicken Pot Pie with Leek and Mushrooms from Family Capers

Soup, Salad &a Dessert of the Week:

Healing Chicken Noodle Soup; Photo Credit: Miss Food Fairy

Soup of the Week: Healing Chicken Noodle Soup from Miss Food Fairy

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Brown Rice Salad; Photo Credit: Good Food Week

Salad of the Week: Brown Rice Salad from Good Food Week

Apple and Cinnamom Cake; Photo Credit: Easy Peasy Foodie

Dessert of the Week: Apple and Cinnamon Cake from Easy Peasy Foodie