With my Summer holiday in just over a week’s time I’m very much in packing mode. Every time I go on holiday I write list after list so I don’t forget anything essential and this time I thought I’d make life a bit easier and create something I can use next year too! I also thought that I could share my Summer Holiday Packing Checklist with you, in the hope that you’ll also find it useful.
I’ve split the checklist into sections – Clothing, Accessories, Beauty and Toiletries etc. to make it as user friendly as possible and I’ve even left a couple of spaces at the end for any personal extras. Quantities of things such as shorts and tops very much depend on the length of your holiday and personal preference but there’s room for you to add in “x quantity” next to each line item if you’d like your checklist to be more specific. One thing that I did leave out because you can’t technically “pack” it was a VPN. A VPN while travelling is a must have because it can protect your data, unblock certain websites if countries ban them (visit VPNCompass to find out more about this), and allow you to access Netflix. Definitely worth looking into.
The items on the checklist completely depend on where I’m travelling to. For example, if I was going for a short weekend away, I’d only bring a few casual clothing items. However, if I was visiting somewhere like the voco luxury hotel in Riyadh, I would bring suncream, beach towels, smart clothing etc. It completely depends on the destination!
As for packing advice? I’m not known for packing light, I like to have choices and options with me and usually take more clothes then I actually get to wear but I know that’s not for everyone. It’s not as easy to pack as light as you think for a holiday, especailly if you are going longer than a few days, which is why I looked into where to buy a clear backpack. I think this will be the best route to go down if I know I will be taking a lot of clothes and essentials with me. Plus, I’m that person who will forget that I’ve packed something and empty it all out only to find it was right at the bottom of the bag. We can’t be dealing with this level of stress, as packing can be stressful enough. I like to save weight and space by decanting my favourite cleansers and moisturisers into travel jars, I take samples and minis where I can and generally only take essential skincare products with me as they can really add a lot of weight. I also wear the bulkiest items of clothing on the journey to help save space.
In terms of preventing leaks and breakages I always double bag all liquids. I wrap breakable items in pants or socks. I also put delicate dresses and shirts in at the last minute, right at the top of the suitcase and take them out as soon as I get to the hotel and I find that helps to prevent creases. I never pack valuable items such as my cameras or favourite jewellery in case my suitcase is lost, I always carry these items in my hand luggage.
You probably know all of this already but I guess it doesn’t hurt to include the few packing tips I’ve learnt over the years (mostly thanks to my Mum!).
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I’d love to hear in the comments below if you’ve found this checklist useful. Happy Packing!
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