Packing tips for holidaymakers

When you’re heading away on holiday it’s important not to forget your essentials. In this blog I’ll look at some packing tips to help you make the most of your suitcase space and a checklist to make sure you’ve got all your most important items.

5 Packing tips

  1. Wear your heaviest items of clothing when you’re travelling. If you wear your heaviest jacket when you’re boarding the plane you won’t get it weighed as part of your luggage. They weigh your luggage, not you!

  2. Invest in a lightweight suitcase. The more weight you save will let you pack more.

  3. Don’t bring anything heavy you can buy when you’re away. You can buy shampoo and conditioner while you’re away. Don’t bother with towels or a hairdryer either. Your hotel will supply these.

  4. Make the decision on your clothes before you go. Pick out whatever you need and be ruthless on what you take. You’ll probably not need half of what you think you do.

  5. Roll your clothes instead of folding them. It not only saves space, but stops creasing too. Tuck in underwear into gaps and roll up your socks and put them inside your shoes.

Packing list


  • Passport

  • Travel Insurance Documents

  • Tickets – Flights and documentation for your hotel/hire car etc.

  • Bank Cards – Bank and Credit cards are always good to have when you’re abroad.

  • Foreign Currency – It’s always handy to have cash for when you’re away


  • Underwear x 7

  • Socks x 7

  • Nightwear

  • Evening outfits x 5

  • Swimwear x 2/3

  • Flip flops/Sandals

  • Shorts x 3

  • Day Tops x 4

  • Sun hat (this could be bought while you’re away to save space)

  • Closed toe shoes

  • Evening shoes

  • Trousers

  • Shirt/Overgarment

  • Cardigan/Hoodie/Jumper

Toiletries and Medication

  • Toothbrush and small tube of toothpaste

  • Small deodorant

  • Hairbrush and accessories

  • Make up and brushes etc

  • Razor

  • Small moisturiser (Ideally with sun protection)

  • Diarrhoea treatment

  • Paracetamol

  • Antiseptic cream

  • Plasters

  • And personal medication for existing conditions

Things provided by the hotel: Towels, hairdryer

Things to buy when you get there: Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, sun cream, after sun, insect repellant.

Others things you’ll need:

  • Mobile phone/charger/accessories

  • Camera/charger

  • Travel Adaptor

  • Sunglasses

  • Pen/Paper

  • Reading material (magazines/books)

  • Day bag/handbag (for keeping the things you’ll need on a day to day basis)

Packing for children?

When you’re heading on a family holiday you’ll have to think about your little ones, so you’re going to need to keep space in your luggage for everything they’ll need. This will make your luggage a bit heavier. You’ll have to pack all their clothes and food if they’re too young to eat solids. Make sure you have plenty of sun protection for them. This will include a sun hat and factor 50+ sun cream. It’s also a good idea to keep some kind of toy handy to keep them amused while you’re travelling.

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