Packing for holidays can be a nightmare, especially where kids are involved (always check their bags if they are packing for themselves, 5 bikinis and no underwear rings a bell!). Even if you only have yourself to pack for it can be stressful.
There is a whole host of information out there written by some very experienced travellers, I’ve rounded up my favourite ideas which cover travel to various places for a variety of situations. You can also visit my Pinterest board…Holiday Packing. For myself, I find it useful to have a packing list on my computer to cover the basics needed, plus additional “add ons” depending on the type of holiday (sun, ski, city etc). You can see my Packing Lists at the end of this post.
First up is an article which appeared in the Telegraph by Lisa Armstrong aimed at the single girl…..
Unless you’re vacationing with Valentino on his yacht, you always need fewer clothes than you think, although perhaps slightly more than Ryanair reckons. There’s a happy, zen-like balance between what a nudist would pack and what Paris Hilton deems essential – a nirvana-like place of just enough variety, where you wear everything you squished into your case, and your toiletries don’t end up costing more than the flight in excess baggage. Here are the 12 steps to happiness…
The swimwear (above)
It’s not exactly a space-hogger and if you’re heading to warm waters, they’ll be your daily companions. This is where you can have fun and ring in the changes. Weed out the past-it, buy one or two new bikinis each year, take half a dozen or so with you and keep the whole shebang vaguely colour- coordinated……….Read more here
Second is some information from Mumsnet on packing for kids which includes some useful checklists.
As holidaying with children means umpteen more things to take, there are inevitably umpteen more things to forget. So, a geeky majority of Mumsnetters agree, the best plan is to keep a holiday spreadsheet on your computer and update it each time you’re foolish enough to book some time away.
Don’t know where to start? Not really one for lists? Here are some basic examples to get you started. If you’re planning on travelling with just one bag, don’t forget to check out our tips for packing hand luggage only …….Read more here.
Thirdly, when it comes to actually packing your bags there are some great ideas on the Holiday Extras Blog. Taken from various travel nuts (and experts!) who travel frequently and have perfected the art of organising your holiday packing……Read more here.
Finally, if you are travelling light, you could do with some tips for travelling with hand luggage and how to pack a miniscule bag! Lonely Planet has compiled some ideas for you…
For some great tips on planning your perfect holiday, read my post: Holiday Planning.
I’ll be adding more packing ideas soon!
Winter Packing List
|Ski/Warm jacket||Shampoo||Back pack|
|Thermal tops/bottoms||Soap||Camera and charger|
|Ski/Warm socks||Toothbrush and toothpaste||Phone/ipad charger|
|Neck warmer/scarf||Make up||EHIC cards|
|Hat (helmet)||Hand sanitiser||Driving licence/car hire docs|
|Sunglasses||Nail file varnish and remover||Excess insurance cover|
|Goggles||Cotton wool||Hair drier|
|Slippers||Ear plugs/eye mask||Washing up liquid|
|General clothes||Plasters||Travel games (cards etc)|
|Anti allergy tablets|
Summer Packing List
|Swimwear||Sun lotion||Camera and charger|
|Beach towels||Spf lip balm||Phone/ipad charger|
|Sunglasses||Cooling spray||EHIC cards|
|Cap||Conditioner||Driving licence/car hire docs|
|Sportswear||Soap||Excess insurance cover|
|Beach mat||Toothbrush and toothpaste||Hair drier|
|Swim hat||Moisturiser||Washing up liquid|
|Sun suit (spf kids)||Make up||Washing tabs|
|General clothes||Deodorant||Pool games|
|Shoes/flip flops/beach shoes||Nail file varnish and remover||Travel games (cards etc)|
|Ear plugs/eye mask||Beach bag|
|Vitamins||PVC Bag for wet swim suits/towels|