The What Not To Forget Essential Holiday Packing Guide

Before you go anywhere on holiday, there is always going to be a certain element of planning and packing required.

The thing is, even when you think you have got everything all sorted and under control, you suddenly realise to your horror that you have forgotten to pack something essential (or as the photo below shows, you packed something extra that you were not supposed to, like your moggy)!

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Take a look at this handy guide to help you pack and prepare for your holiday with the least amount of stress!

Essential items to take on holiday with you

So you are off to somewhere hot, exotic and relaxing, so all you need to do is just pack a few clothes and you are done, right? Wrong! Whenever you go on holiday, it is always worth making sure that you prepare for any likely scenarios so that you have no problems wherever you go.

Here is a list of things you should consider taking with you:

  • Clothes – obviously most people will take some clothes on holiday with them. Check that you have a selection of clothes available to cover you for all eventualities, like on cold nights you may want to wear jeans or trousers rather than your Hawaiian patterned shorts;
  • Money and passports – another obvious one, but some people forget to bring any money or passports (or both) with them on holiday. Make sure you have got both of these essential items sorted before you leave your home!
  • Day bag – a strong day bag is essential for any holiday, and it means you can conveniently carry essential items such as beachwear, food and refreshments. In order to save space in your suitcase, consider taking your day bag with you on the plane as carry-on baggage;
  • Travel towel – lightweight travel towels made of quick-drying fleece are perfect for carrying around with you and for avoiding any unnecessary overweight baggage charges at the airport;
  • Sun tan lotion – this essential item is cheap and convenient to take with you, and not only stops your skin from turning lobster red, but also helps to prevent skin cancer (which is caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun;
  • Basic first aid kit – you never know whether you might hurt or injure yourself on holiday, so it is always best to go on holiday prepared with items such as plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, and diarrhoea tablets (in case you eat something or drink something dodgy);
  • Tablet computer – devices such as the Apple iPad are a great investment for any holiday as they are lightweight and you can use them anywhere from the beach to your hotel room, or even when you are on the plane. And if you are a bookworm, rather than carrying around loads of heavy books with you, you can read your favourite books on your tablet and not have to worry about pages fading in the sun!

Preparing for your journey to the airport

The next important thing on your packing and preparation checklist is organising travel to and from the airport. It is often cost effective to park your car at a long-term parking facility at the airport as you will have the convenience of driving yourself to the airport and back home again when you are ready, rather than having to wait around for taxis, buses and trains.

Booking your parking online saves you time and money. For example, if you are flying from Gatwick Airport, websites such as www.gatwickparkingquotes.com offer a price comparison service to ensure you get the best deal possible.

Hi I'm Hannah and I blog about all things travel. Places I've been to, places I've seen and some top travel tips.