What can be more exciting than going on holiday? There’s nothing I love more than getting another stamp on my passport and exploring exciting new destinations and resorts whilst enjoying a well-earned break. But I can tell you what I really, really don’t love…packing. And I’m sure you’d agree, right?
One of the most common mistakes made whilst getting ready for a holiday is packing too much into your suitcase. Not only is it often not necessary to take so many clothes and accessories, but it can also cost you money if your suitcase ends up weighing more than your allocated luggage allowance.
I actually feel like I have become a bit of a pro packer, often fitting a week’s worth of holiday items into just my hand luggage. So below I have detailed some of my top tips for packing light and also a suggested packing list to help you out in preparation for your next holiday.
Suggested packing list for a week in the sun
- Travel insurance documents
- Tickets/booking confirmations – flights, accommodation etc.
- Bank cards, foreign currency and maybe a travel money card
- Sweatshirt/cardigan/light jacket for cool evenings (can be worn to travel in)
- Scarf/overshirt – can be used for warmth in the evenings or as a cover-up after the beach
- Trousers x 1 (can be worn to travel in)
- 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 x 5 – non-crease dresses or shirts
- Swimwear x 2
- 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
- Diarrhoea treatment
- Antiseptic cream
- Any personal medication
Provided by the hotel or to be bought in resort: Hair dryer; towels; shampoo; conditioner; shower gel; sun cream (very important!); after sun and bug repellent if necessary.
- Mobile phone/charger/headphones
- Travel adaptor
- Reading material
- Day bag/handbag
Packing for children 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 to keep them entertained on the flight too.
Are you skilled at packing light? Let me know your best packing tips below or attach a picture of your packing in action.