Do you struggle with knowing what you should and shouldn’t take on your holidays? What if you need something, what if you forget something?
Surely it could be easier?
Well – it can!
Today I wanted to look at your summer holiday checklist – exactly what to add to your packing list and why – in the hope that you can create your very own packing list and be safe in the knowledge everything has been thought of.
and… as a special bonus – I’ve included a free printable for you – hope this helps!
It can be so hard knowing what to pack when you go away – whether just packing for you or for the entire family – the onus is on you to make sure you pack as lightly as possible while still having everything for every eventuality.
I’m feeling a little stressed just thinking about it!
But – it needn’t be like that – in fact, it can be easy! – and here’s why…
QUESTIONS TO ASK FIRST
Before you even start to open cupboards and start packing, you want to know the answers to a few key questions: –
- Where are you going?
- What will the weather be like?
- How long are you going for?
- How are you travelling?
- Who are you travelling with?
These questions are vital in knowing what to pack.
Think about it – if you are travelling in your car you can pack a LOT more than if you are flying, where there are weight restrictions. If you are travelling with another family there will be things that you can split so you can share while away and not have to pack everything. If the weather is absolutely guaranteed to be hot then it’s a complete waste of time to pack a jumper – and if you are going away for a weekend, then the amount of clothes you take will be far less than if you’re away for a fortnight.
Knowledge is power!
So – once you know the information about your holiday, you can start to create a packing list.
BUT – WHAT SHALL I TAKE?
I’ve created a summer holiday checklist for you that you can download which should help give you loads of ideas of what you need to pack for your own holiday – but I’ve also listed them all here with some extra advice along the way – hope they get you thinking!
68 ITEMS FOR YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY CHECKLIST
#1 – Day wear – Tops, dresses, skirts, trousers, shorts, cardigan, jacket etc…
#2 – Evening wear – More dressy items if applicable
#3 – Beach / Swim wear – Swimsuit, Bikini, Trunks, Cover up
#4 – Sleep wear – Nightie, PJs
#5 – Fitness Kit – running shorts, running top, socks, bra
#6 – Outerwear – Jacket, Coat
#7 – Underwear – Knickers, Bra, socks, pants
#8 – Travel wear – what you will travel in (think about wearing your heavier clothes if flying so you don’t take up too much of the weight allowance).
#9 – Shoes – flip flops, trainers (for walking and tourist days as well as fitness), evening shoes
#10 – Accessories – Sun Hat, Dress jewellery (less expensive so no worries about losing it), Sunglasses, belts
#11 – Bags – travel bag, suitcase, beach bag, evening bag, bag for each child
#12 – Specific clothes needed for activities when away – ski / diving / climbing / walking etc…
TOILETRIES & MEDS
#12 – Any personal medication that you will need (this is really the ONLY thing you will absolutely need when away)
#13 – Pain killers
#14 – Bite cream / Repellant / Plugin for nighttime**
#15 – Toothbrush(es) and toothpaste
#16 – Deodorant
#17 – Travel sickness meds
#18 – Shower gel
#19 – Shampoo
#20 – Conditioner
#21 – Moisturiser
#22 – After sun
#23 – Sun cream
#24 – Shaving items (razors, shaving foam etc…)
#25 – Tweezers, nail clippers
#26 – Hand sanitiser**
#27 – 1st aid kit**
#28 – Lip balm** (ideally with sun protection)
#29 – Perfume
#30 – Makeup – as minimal as possible – bronzer, mascara, concealer, lipstick, eye shadow etc…
#31 – Hair items – brush, comb, hair bands, grips, hair dryer, hair straighteners
#32 – Glasses / contact lenses
#33 – Wetwipes / tissues
#34 – Feminine Hygiene products
Halfway through! – hopefully you’ve already got some inspiration for your summer holiday checklist – but to finish things off (and to get the free printable checklist) then just CLICK HERE….