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Sun Lotion and Nappies – buy there or take with ?

Asked by: 1st October 2012


Hi, we fly to Lanzarote in 3 weeks with 3 kids (7, 5 and 1) and my mum (67!).  We’re very adept to travelling light and even with 4 pieces of ‘carry on’ we’re happy we can get everything in for us and the kids, except, we can’t carry liquids on board.  

With the cost of booking a suitcase with Monarch, my vote is to buy sun cream (and while we’re at it nappies) when we’re there (knowing that they’ll be a premium) and not have the hassle ofanother bag to carry.  

My Mum says that sun cream Etc wil be really, really expensive and thinks we should take everything with, though perhaps this has more to do with the fact that she wants to squeeze a hairdryer, kettle and travel iron into ‘the’ bag. The idea of travelling light and going with the flow is killing her!!!

Its just a small thing, but if anyone has any thoughts or experience of this, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts – BTW we’re staying in Costa Teguise.  Thanks in advance for your help. 



15 Answers

  1. Cat on Oct 01, 2012

    I always took nappies with mine as it isn’t always easy to get branded nappies you recognise (Huggies, Pampers) and the Spanish ones weren’t very good. When you can find Huggies or whatever, they are dearer than in the UK. We used to take them out from their packaging and lie them across the bottom of two suitcases in layers. The weight wasn’t too excessive – and I had two in nappies and went for a fortnight! Suncream is similar prices to here and you can find all the brands – Nivea, Piz Buin and Ambre Solaire – and a good choice of factors. We generally take enough to start with and then top up, but it is up to you if you are close to your weight limit. Most of the supermarkets sell suncream and after sun. We have also used a Spanish one which is cheaper (about 7 Euros) but I can’t remember the name of it, sorry! Check with the apartment where you’re staying, but most of them have kettles and I’d certainly leave that behind – and the iron!

  2. Elizabeth Boyd on Oct 01, 2012

    Thanks for your advice – I’d really rather not take a suitcase at all, that way I can still make believe that I’m an independent young traveller and not a harassed middle aged mum of three!!! There will definitely won’t be an iron in my bag, I rarely use one at home!!!

  3. david charles hind on Oct 01, 2012

    3 kids,mum,yourselves and carry on luggage,seems like you are making travelling,waiting in airport etc a real nightmare,Why not pay for one large suitcase and save all the bother.
    Have a safe journey regards dave
    ps you will need some warm clothing at night

  4. nigel ball on Oct 01, 2012

    Take a number of rucksacks as carry on luggage and put nappies into them. Spar have some good own branded sun creams and usually have offers on’nivea’ or the like.

  5. Sav on Oct 01, 2012

    Another option would be to get an old suitcase (one from the loft or one from a friends loft – they all have them lying about!!!) and just pay for a hold bag for just one way (£18.99). Ram it full of nappies, suncreams, disposables etc and throw the case away after you arrive. Then fly back with just carry on and luggage and zip through the airport home. They are pretty quick unloading in Lanza and i always find that arriving is such a great feeling that you dont mind waiting a little while for you bags. Coming home, i find the last thing you want to do is wait for your luggage. Hope that helps?.

  6. Elizabeth Boyd on Oct 01, 2012

    Thanks that’s a good suggestion! Its not really the cost of the bag that puts me off, its the hanging around that I’m not so keen on – I get really annoyed with the carousel nonsense Even with kids, we travel super light – one to wear, one to wash and one spare is my mantra, so its not like our bags will be stuffed. That said, I am hoping that we’ll need some sunscreen!!! We often stay with family around Saint Tropez, where you literally have a heart attack buying a loaf of bread!!! I guess I’m just checking we’re not talking £25 for a tube of tube of Hawaiian Tropic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Kitty on Oct 02, 2012

    Just buy all your toiletries and nappies when you get there. Prices are comparable to here and it’s so much easier to travel with just hand luggage.

  8. Richard Evans on Oct 03, 2012

    We travel on Monarch to Lanzarote 3 to 4 times per year from Gatwick and only take hand luggage..In addition to one bag per person you are also allowed one standard sized carrier bag of goods purchased from the departure airport.We buy suntan lotion ,toiletries etc from Boots in the airside shops The prices are generally the same as their high st shops and if suntan lotions are on sale in the high st they will also be on sale at the airport

  9. June Evans on Oct 03, 2012

    We travel to Lanzrote on Monarch from Gatwick and only take hand luggage.In addition to the one piece of hand luggage you can also take one standard carrier bag of goods purchased at the airport.We buy suntan cream, toiletries etc at Boots in the departure longe.The prices are normally the same as thei Boots High St shops including sale and special offer prices.

  10. david charles hind on Oct 03, 2012

    hi elizabeth,so you hate hanging around,hope you have your boarding ticket printed out,and be prepared for the queues when leaving lanza,and the pain of going through security with hand luggage.i find leaving lanza there are long queues as all the departures seem to congragate at the same time but i hope you dont have too much of a problem,enjoy lanza great place regards dave

    • Tracy R on Oct 04, 2012

      This generally only happens on a Thursday.Try to avoid Thursday and check in 3 hours before you fly . we do this and have never had this problem.

      • Tracy R on Oct 04, 2012

        Forgot to say.Some airlines do not open till 2 hours before flight but if you are at the head of the queue security isn’t usually a problem.

  11. Bill Rose on Oct 04, 2012

    Have travelled to Lanz many times and find that the security hassle at Lanz is no worse than at my local Airport (Manchester)..Airlines are now getting keen on the weight of carry on bags, be aware if your found to be overweight, it can cost lots. There is no problem taking liquids i.e suncream etc in hand luggage, if its bought in Duty Free shops

  12. david charles hind on Oct 04, 2012

    hi tracy,i travel back mostly on thurs but print out my boarding pass before i leave uk,its great to walk pass the queues and go through the designated gate for my pass :0)

  13. Paul D on Oct 05, 2012

    Fascinating ! .. lol It seems that we all have our little favoured methods of doing things to save on time , space & costs ,,, but what you gain on the swings you often lose on the roundabouts , so to speak !
    Of course the ultimate spoke in the works that causes a huge amount of hanging around is somthing that is quite often not under your control at all !
    The dreaded flight delay !. . . Over the years ive had a few , one of which saw me finally boarding the flight at 4 in the afternoon having got to the airport at 6 that morning for an 8.30 flight ! ! !
    On that particular delay i had no hand luggage ,,, which turned out to be a disadvantage as i could have used it as a pillow to have a snooze while the 8 hour delay ticked by !, lol

    The object is to enjoy the holiday ,,, Just get there in one peice, , , suffer the odd delay because you know that once you get there, its going to be mega chil-lax time for the duration !

    Cant help with the nappies side of things but as far as the sun lotion goes,,, They key thing there is make sure you get some fullstop ,,from where ever !, , , The consequences of not getting any will cause you a lot of painful hanging about in clinics being treated for severe sun burn , , , not nice,,

    So ,, Get packed , get on the plane and get there, , enjoy !

    cmon ,,chop chop ,,dont hang about !.