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Packing for your holiday

Packing for your holiday is really exciting. You are one step closer to awesome new experiences and heaps of fun! Once your suitcase is open it is very tempting to pack everything you own, but there is no need.

Take a look at these tips to ensure you don’t throw in the kitchen sink.

  1. Wear your heaviest clothing to travel in, such as trousers and a sweatshirt or jacket, to keep you warm on cooler evenings. After all, airlines weigh baggage, not you.
  2. Invest in a lightweight suitcase or bag. That way you can afford to pack a bit more in there.
  3. Don’t pack anything that you can buy there, such as shampoo and conditioner. It’s often cheaper when you buy it abroad anyway. You’re likely to be provided with towels and a hairdryer at your hotel too.
  4. Be ruthless with your clothing. Whatever clothes you think you’re going to need, get rid of at least a third. You’ll probably spend most of your time in your swimwear.
  5. Roll, don’t fold. Not only does it save space, but it avoids creases too. Tuck underwear into the gaps and stick rolled up socks inside shoes.

Suggested packing list for a week in the sun

Essentials

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Tickets/booking confirmations – flights, accommodation, etc.
  • Bank cards, foreign currency and maybe a travel money card

Clothing

  • Sweatshirt/cardigan/light jacket for cool evenings (can be worn to travel in)
  • Scarf/overshirt – can be used for warmth in the evenings or as a cover-up after the beach
  • Trousers x 1 (can be worn to travel in)
  • Closed-toe shoes (can be worn to travel in)
  • Sun hat (can be worn to travel in, to avoid damage)
  • Shorts x 2
  • Day tops x 4
  • Lightweight evening outfits x 5 – non-crease dresses or shirts
  • Swimwear x 2
  • Underwear x 7 – these take up little room, so there is no need to cut back on such essentials!
  • Flip flops/sandals
  • Socks x 3 – only if your closed-toe shoes require them
  • Nightwear x 1

Toiletries and medication

  • Toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste
  • Small roll-on deodorant
  • Hairbrush/accessories
  • Make-up if necessary
  • Razor
  • Small moisturiser with SPF
  • Diarrhoea treatment
  • Paracetamol
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Plasters
  • Any personal medication

Everything else

  • Mobile phone/charger/headphones
  • Camera/charger
  • Travel adaptor
  • Sunglasses
  • Pen/paper
  • Reading material
  • Day bag/handbag

Packing for children, too?

If you’re heading off on a family holiday, it’s understandable that you’re going to need more space and your luggage will be a little heavier. As well as their clothes and food requirements, make sure you pack plenty of sun protection, including a sun hat and some waterproof factor 50+ sun cream. It’s probably a good idea to pack some toys to keep them entertained on the flight too. Bon voyage!

 

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Bewitched by the magic of France, Melissa Jane Cook is an intrepid explorer. A lover of traversing the globe, she eagerly absorbs different cultures and laps up the magnificent oceanic experiences. Wooed by words and writers alike, her penchant for facials, chocolate, owls and bugs, is surpassed only by her fascination with the stage aglow in lights or bookshelves that heave with stories, where characters invite her along on their marvellous journeys.

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