Packing for a holiday can be daunting. Do you bring that fancy dress you never wear? Do you take sandals? How much space do you leave for presents/souvenirs? Below I share my top tips for packing sensibly for your upcoming holiday.
Yes, this is an obvious one, but what kind of clothes should you pack? My advice is to check the weather of your destination and then still pack for other weather. If the forecast shows sunny then pack lighter clothes, but also 1 set of warmer clothes just in case. It’s generally a good rule of thumb to pack lighter clothes when on holiday anyway as you’ll be walking a lot more than you would be normally which can cause sweat. I also tend to pack 1 dressy outfit in case I end up in a fancy restaurant.
Remember Sensible Shoes
It can be tempting to take your favourite pair of designer shoes, but are they practical? There is no point in going on a hiking holiday with sandals. Look up the general terrain of the location you’re heading to and plan ahead. If it’s all walking on touch terrain, pack sturdy shoes. Alternatively, if you’re planning on spending the whole trip beside the pool then flip-flops and sandals are absolutely fine.
Remember to pack any medication you might need. You don’t want to get there and realise that you’ve forgotten your migraine medication or inhaler. Triple check you have enough to last you the entire trip as well because the only thing worse than forgetting your medication is running out half way through the holiday.
Depending on where you’re heading, a travel adaptor will be essential to getting your phones charged, hair straighteners working etc. I would definitely get these before you start your journey as it will be more expensive buying them at the airport or any tourist shops.
Shampoos and other toiletries will also be more expensive to buy in the airport. I’d suggest buying travel sized toiletries before heading off because you might not be able to find a local shop that sells them when you’re there. However, I would also recommend going to a local shop when you’re there because you can get a large shampoo for a decent price! If you’re staying in a hostel, you can leave the rest of your shampoo behind for someone else to use.
This includes your passport, boarding pass (if printed out at home), bus/train tickets if applicable, travel insurance details, confirmation of your hotel, paperwork for any excursions etc. Ensure you have everything backed up with a paper copy in case anything goes wrong and you can’t access your emails to prove you’ve made a booking.
Leave Some Space
Even if you aren’t planning on buying presents, you will probably be coming back with more than you left with! Leave enough space to fit at least a new pair of boots because chances are that’s the size of souvenirs you’ll be taking back.
If you’re struggling to keep your suitcase from overflowing there are things you can do to prevent that.
- Stuff your socks in shoes to save space.
- Roll your clothes instead of folding them – it can make “Tetris” packing a lot easier.
- Wear you’re bulkiest items on the journey
- Pack your shoes at the bottom
Don’t Pack Last Minute
It’s tempting to leave everything to the last minute, but I do not recommend doing that. If you pack early you leave yourself time to consider what you really need to bring with you. It will also help to prevent forgetting smaller things like a toothbrush or your inhaler.
Make A List
Making a list of the essentials will help you to keep it to only what you absolutely need. It should only take about 10 minutes, but you can always add and take away from the list as needed. It’s something you can do at work on your breaks, or quiet moments at home.
So those are my tips for packing for a holiday. What do you pack? Any advice to add? Comment below!