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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!

Things to pack on your summer holidays this year


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…



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.



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!

If you want to¬†use a pre-made packing list that’s categorised ready for you to add your own items to it – then you may want to take a look at the Holiday Planner I have available. Everything you could possibly need for planning your holiday this year.




TIP – Think about having a main colour for all your clothes so that you can mix and match everything. This means more choice with less items when you’re away.
TIP – These are purely areas to think about rather than exact items, as your needs will change depending on what the answers to the previous questions are, and also what you like wearing!

#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…



TIP – Think about what you will need to have with you when you travel (if flying) – medication would be critical to carry just in case your bag doesn’t make it with you….

#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

TIP – If going for a shorter time, consider dispensing shampoo etc.. into smaller travel sized containers so you aren’t taking too much (or buying travel sized) – and pack in a plastic bag in case of spillages.

#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

TIP – See if the place you are staying provides things like hair dryer and straighteners to save you taking them

#32 – Glasses / contact lenses

#33 – Wetwipes / tissues

#34 – Feminine Hygiene products


Summer holiday checklist - 68 things to consider packing when you go on your holidays this year - plus a free printable to help!


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….

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  1. Donna Wood Jun 26, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    My tip is if travelling with the family for a week or two wait until you get to the resort to buy larger bottles of shampoo etc . If in Europe there are plenty of supermarkets with a lot of choice .

    • Chrissy Halton Jun 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      Perfect idea Donna – thanks for sharing! x

  2. Kat Jun 26, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    One essential thing we’ve learned (as glasses wearers!) is take a spare pair of prescription specs – as losing or breaking your only pair when away is incredibly expensive, really messes up your activities, and sorting it out eats into your precious holiday time! So I take a spare pair, and also keep with them a pair of cheap clip-on sunglasses so I’m also covered if I lose my prescription sunglasses (not the most glam looking but hey we’re on holiday). I also always take a small torch and keep it in on the bedside table in case it’s ever needed (so in the event of a power cut or fire alarm or whatever, I can save battery by not using the torch in my phone).

    • Chrissy Halton Jun 27, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      Fantastic ideas – thanks Kat! x

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