The ultimate holiday checklist

You’ve been saving all year and counting down the days till you jet off on your holiday, but there is absolutely nothing worse than forgetting to pack some essential items.

You know your holiday is close when you begin the packing process. If you’re one of those of people who leaves it till the last minute, you’ll need a checklist to ensure you don’t forget any essential items at home. Have you ever had that “I’ve definitely forgotten something” feeling before? There is nothing worse than landing and realising you’ve forgotten your phone charger, adaptor or makeup remover.

We’re not saying you should take everything from this list, but it should point you in the right direction when packing. Be sure to check the weight allowance of your airline before you pack; no-one likes to pay extra at the check-in desk, and you definitely don’t want to be having to take three jumpers and two pairs of shoes with you on the flight.


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  • Passport
  • Visa (check this before you fly)
  • Travel insurance details (print this off before you leave)
  • E-ticket and flight details for both ways
  • Photocopies of your passport (email a copy to yourself)
  • Driver’s licence (if you’re going to rent a car)
  • Malaria tablets (if required in the region you’re headed to)
  • Proof of vaccinations (may be needed for some countries)
  • Emergency money and maybe a spare credit card
  • EHIC card

Hot weather items


  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun
  • Lots of t-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunhat
  • Belt
  • Sandals
  • Beach towel (separate to bath towel)
  • Insect repellent and bite cream
  • Swimming costume
  • Beach bag (separate to normal bag - no-one likes sand everywhere!)
  • Goggles/snorkelling gear
  • Flip flops

Cold Weather items


  • Lip balm for chapped lips
  • Hot water bottle
  • Thermal clothing
  • Leggings
  • Jeans
  • Dressing gown
  • Thick socks
  • Long-sleeved tops
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Jumpers
  • Umbrella



  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask
  • Sleep attire
  • Torch



  • Shaving equipment
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Contraception
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Makeup
  • Waterproof mascara
  • Face wash
  • Face wipes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Moisturiser
  • Perfume
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair bands
  • Bobby pins



  • Hair dryer
  • Hair straightener
  • Foreign adapters
  • Phone charger
  • Foreign sim card
  • Lock and key for suitcase
  • Earphones
  • Phrase book
  • Playing cards
  • Plastic bag for dirty laundry
  • Flight socks
  • Travel pillow for the flight
  • Bath towel
  • Small mirror
  • Book
  • Sealable bag for toiletries
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Jewellery
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Extension lead for multiple appliances

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