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Top Tips When Packing For Your Holiday

Jamie Smale - Monday, January 25, 2016

Top Tips When Packing For Your Holiday

There is nothing more exciting than going on a holiday, be it to a new destination or to a favourite resort. The least enjoyable part of any holiday is the packing!

The most common mistake when packing for a holiday is putting too much into your suitcase. Apart from not being necessary to take so many clothes or accessories with you, it can also cost a small fortune if your suitcase weighs more than the allocated baggage allowance.

Top 5 Packing tips

It is possible to fit a week's worth of holiday items into just your hand luggage! Here are our top five tips for packing light.

1)  Airlines weigh baggage not you, so it is a good idea to wear your heaviest clothes (trousers, sweatshirt, or lightweight jacket) to travel in. These items can be worn on cooler evenings for warmth.

2)  Buy a lightweight suitcase or bag

so you can afford to pack a little bit more in. 

3)  Buy shampoo and conditioner in the resort, it is often cheaper to buy abroad anyway. Towels and hair dryers will most likely be provided at your hotel.

4)  Whatever clothes you think you will need, get rid of about a third of them. Be completely ruthless, after all you will probably spend most of your time in swimwear.

5)  Rolling your clothes up rather than folding them takes up less space and avoids creasing too. Tuck your underwear into gaps and put socks inside your shoes.

Suggested Packing List for a Week in The Sun


Tickets/booking confirmations (flights, accommodation etc.)
TravelInsurance Documents
Bank cards/foreign currency


Sweatshirt/trousers/lightweight jacket for cool evenings (can be while travelling)
Shawl/overshirt - for warmth in the evenings or as a cover-up on the beach
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 (mix and match) x 4 – non-crease dresses or shirts
Swimwear x 3
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
Make-up if necessary
Small moisturiser with SPF
Antiseptic cream
Any personal medication

Provided by the hotel: Hair dryers and towels.
The following can be purchased in the resort: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, sun cream (very important!); after sun and bug repellent if necessary.

Everything Else

Mobile phone/charger/headphones
Travel adaptor
Reading material
Day bag/handbag

Children coming 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 in your carry on bag to keep them entertained on the flight too.
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