One item that I never travel without is an oversized muslin swaddling blanket. In fact, I always travel with two at hand. They have a multitude of uses and, as they are very light and pack down to almost nothing, they are perfect for your hand luggage. These blankets are perfect for swaddling very young babies or even just as a general blanket for older babies and toddlers – on the plane, in the pram and at your holiday destination. They can also be used as a breastfeeding cover, shade cloth, picnic rug and beach mat. Cotton muslin protects from the heat as well as the cold, so they are great for hot weather and cold weather holidays alike. My favourite brand is Aden + Anais – their prints are beautiful for both girls and boys alike.