Holiday Packing Check List
It can be confusing, knowing exactly what to pack for that well-earned two-week break in the sun. And we don’t want to forget to pack the important stuff, either, like the passport. Not a good way to start any holiday abroad! But not to worry, here’s a quick and handy guide to at least get you thinking in a more organised way.
The Essential, Must-Have List
These are the ‘must-have’ items. For without them, the holiday could easily turn into a bit of a disaster. So take extra special care here.
Important numbers (travel company, bank)
Perhaps house keys should be added to the list – unless you’ve made other arrangements. Otherwise, how are you going to get back into your home once you return from holiday? Most of these valuable items should be packed in a small, sturdy bag – perhaps even in a money belt – and kept to hand at all times. They are too important to lose.
The Important/Useful List
The following is a list of important/useful items which, if any were forgotten, could probably be replaced while on holiday. Most items on the list are fairly obvious, but other items may not be. They’ll make up the bulk of what you’ll carry inside your check-in suitcases.
Clothes (underwear, socks, shirts, tops, dresses)
Light jacket or coat
Shoes (including trainers, slippers)
Medical kit (plasters, pain killers, bandages, ointments for cuts)
Toiletries (deodorants, aftershave, soap)
Mobile phone charger
Knowing what to carry on board the plane can be a bit problematical given the ever-changing security situation, so it’s always best to check with your airline what’s allowed and what’s not. Here are a few items you might wish to take, including some bits and pieces to help keep any children with you amused, too.
Books and comics
Pen and paper
Sweets and snacks
Nappies (including cream, talcum powder)
Toy (doll, teddy)
The lists, although not exhaustive by any means, will at least help you feel a little bit more organised. They’re a starting point. They’ll point you in the right direction and reduce the likelihood of forgetting something fairly important.
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