Having a packing list, or at least some guidance, can make things a little easier when it comes to planning for your holiday. We thought we’d share our list with you.
What to leave at home:
There are lots of things to take, but there are some things you can leave at home. Take the basics when you go as you will be carrying what you take, so go lightly.
Leave your valuables at home. Don’t take anything, unless you have to, that is irreplaceable or has sentimental value.
Take only the basics from your wallet – the rest can stay home.
Don’t take too many gadgets – they take up space, they are heavy and sometimes we need a holiday from them!
Passport and visa
Printed copy of travel documents
Travel insurance details
Mobile phone and charger
Cash (international currency), credit card or bank card
Money belt or pouch for your passport and cash when en route
Camera (don’t forget the charger and extra memory sticks or memory card)
Power adaptor to convert your chargers etc
Travel alarm clock
Walking shoes – take a pair of shoes that you can wear all day and that are comfortable for walking in.
Sunblock and hat – you may be outside more than usual during your holiday.
Travel towel – your accommodation may provide one, but having a small, quick-to-dry towel on hand is a good idea.
Day pack – this will come in handy for longer day trips when you want to take a few extra things.
Laptop / ipad – and don’t forget the chargers
Toiletries – take what you need but keep it simple. Use small bottles and pots to save space.
Plastic bags – it’s always handy to have a few plastic bags whether it’s for dirty laundry, wet clothes, muddy shoes or to protect something in your suitcase.
Sunglasses and case.
Travel knife – for cutting fruit and having snacks (make sure you put this in your checked in luggage)
Rain jacket – save it for a rainy day J :)
Pens and notepad – you’ll have extra time up your sleeve and you may want to keep a note of what you have been doing, the sights you have seen, or what has inspired you.
Deck of cards – great to unwind with a game of cards, for those quiet days and long waits.
Book to read – you are on holiday after all!
Extra tea bags – take some extras for those morning and afternoon cuppas.
Swimmers – even in cold places sometimes the option of a spa presents itself.
Clothes washing detergent – you may not need to do much laundry but sometimes it’s nice to freshen up your clothes and underwear. It’s easily done in the bathroom sink if you take a small amount of detergent with you.
Mini torch – you might not need this, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have one.
Vitamins – it’s a good idea to boost your immunity when travelling with something like a basic Vitamin C. You’ll be exposed to different things and so your immune system always appreciates a helping hand.
For the plane:
Books / magazines
Notepad and pen
Earplugs in case you have a noisy neighbour
Eye mask and inflatable pillow
Zip lock bag for your liquids
A warm top and socks – aeroplanes can get pretty cold
Toothbrush and deodorant
Hand sanitizer and face wipes
For the kids:
Travel games and cards
A scrapbook to document your holiday (don’t forget glue and scissors)
Notepad for drawing
And a few suggestions depending on your destination…
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Beaches and tropical locations:
Loose cotton clothing
Tropical strength mozzie repellent
Remember: not all countries show as much skin as Western countries. Pants and skirts below the knee are recommended, as are tops that cover the shoulders or a shawl to cover up with.
Take clothes that are good for layering
Have some thermal layers
Fleece jacket / coat
Gloves, hat / beanie, scarf
And some packing tips...
Pack your toiletries in a plastic bag in case there are any leakages. Zip lock bags with in a toiletry bag are also a good idea
Rolling your clothes will also give you more space
Leave some space foe some holiday shopping
Choose your shoes wisely – they are a big space taker so think through what shoes you will need.
Take your valuables in your hand luggage
Take clothing that can be versatile
When packing your suitcase, if you will be in and out of your suitcase a lot it makes sense to arrange it wisely from the get go. Categorising your clothes (i.e. pants go with pants, tops go with tops) means you’ll be able to find things more easily.