With school holidays well and truly upon us, families everywhere are packing up their suitcases and dusting down their swimwear. Then cue the last-minute dash to find the long-forgotten passports, usually buried somewhere in the bottom of a drawer.

One way to get your children to take a bit more responsibility for their possessions/paper work is to choose an attractive case to keep them in.

As while they might not remember where their passport is, they might just recall where they’ve squirrelled away their favourite Disney character case or where they’ve stashed that much-coveted personalised passport holder and – fingers crossed – the documents will be inside it.

For younger children and babies, make their first trip abroad even more special with a cute passport cover that might only be useful for the next five years while the paperwork is valid, but can always be cherished as a keepsake for a lifetime after.

Personalised Paddington Bear Passport Holder: £17.49, Personally Presented

Family-run business Personally Presented prides itself on offering fun, unique products and this personalised Paddington accessory is no exception.

The timeless design is eye-catching and instantly recognisable but not garish like some character products. The internal sleeve is also made of clear plastic, meaning the passport itself can be seen without having to remove the cover.

Thanks to his recent reinvention, Paddington will appeal to children, parents and grandparents alike and will stand the test of time even as your child grows up.

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Little Cloud Personalised Passport Case: £15, Koko Blossom

Koko Blossom specialise in handmade, personalised gifts and this passport holder fits both bills. Made to order, the Scandi-inspired design is gender neutral and attractive but bold enough to appeal to young children.

But it’s not too babyish either – meaning its appeal will last for the life of the passport. The highly durable vinyl this cover is made of is also waterproof and wipes clean easily – good for sticky fingers.

Inside is space for tickets/cards as well as the passport. Matching luggage tags also available.

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My 1st Passport And Luggage Tag Gift Set: £15, John Lewis Baby

This luxurious little set is embossed with gold and silver foil stars and a tiny teddy keepsake, making it a great gift for christenings/new babies. It also comes in a stylish gift box.

The wipe-clean PU passport wallet is available in off-white (because let’s face it, nothing you give a child stays white for long) so suitable for both boys and girls.

It suits younger children better and may start to seem a little babyish by the time the passport expires in five years’ time.

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My 1st Passport and Luggage Tag: £22, My First Years

This cute bit of kit will have little jet-setters begging to take their first trip abroad. As with all My 1st Years gifts, they can be personalised with your child’s name which makes it more thoughtful, especially if bought as a gift.

The cream coloured leather is gender neutral and the lettering subtle and chic. The matching luggage tag is a nice touch and the teddy motif adds the cute factor.

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Gillian Arnold Tropical Animal First Passport Cover: £18.50, notonthehighstreet.com

Jungle animals are always a winner with kids and this tropical number stands out from the crowd.

The exotic animals are cute but understated and the addition of your child’s name gives the extra personal touch.

Made from sturdy, wipe-clean PVC, you can rest assured your child’s documents are safe and when their first passport does expire, this will make a lovely keepsake for their memory box.

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Sassy Bloom Personalised Bright Child Passport Holder: £21.99, notonthehighstreet.com

Another bright and cheerful addition to the list, this simplistic design just screams holiday and will help get your little one in the mood to hit the beach.

It also acts as a handy checklist of things to pack. Like so many products available through Not On The High Street, it can be personalised with your child’s name.

The cover is made of leather but has two clear pockets inside to clearly display your passport without having to remove it.

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Luxury Leather Travel Document Holder: £29, Hurley Burley

This luxurious product will appeal to older children thanks to its sparkly yet subtle finish.

Unlike most personalised passport holders that simply offer the opportunity to add a name, this design can be further personalised with a message on the inside corner so makes an ideal gift.

It also comes in a beautifully presented gift box with ribbon. The case has plenty of space for cards and tickets as well as a passport and is available in a range of metallic colours.

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Personalised Leather Passport Cover: from £26, Bags of Love 

If a personalised passport cover is what you crave, they don’t come much more personal than this photo-print cover which can feature up to four of your very own images.

Choose holiday snaps to get you in the mood for a trip or pictures of family and friends to keep them close when you’re off on your travels. 

Handmade to order in the UK, the hand-stitched leather covers can be customised on the front, back and on both internal pockets. These will appeal to children as they can get involved in designing and customising their own product.

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My First Passport Cover: £15.50, Katie Loxton 

For a more upmarket first passport holder, opt for the Katie Loxton case. With gold lettering and tiny gold embossed clouds, this metallic cover is smart and sturdy and makes an ideal gift.

It will appeal to parents too as while it is embossed with the phrase “My first passport” (thus ticking the new baby box) the design is simple and subtle and has a contemporary feel about it.

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Dumbo Baby Passport Holder And Luggage Tag: £16, Disney Store

Let your little one find their wings with this super cute Disney passport case featuring a sketch-style image of family favourite Dumbo.

Part of Disney’s Magical Beginnings Collection, the matching luggage tag and passport holder feature glittery writing and there’s space inside for other documents.

The pastel colour is suitable for boys and girls and Dumbo’s image will have parents feeling all nostalgic for their own childhood.

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The verdict: 

The Paddington Passport Holder will appeal to kids of any age and gender and won’t become dated over time. By adding a name you create the personal touch but without going overboard.

The My First Years Luggage Tag and Passport Cover is a sweet yet subtle alternative that makes a lovely keepsake as well as a practical present.

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