Travel Packing List & Essential Items That Can Save Your Life

Have you ever arrived at the airport, only to find you’ve forgotten half of what you meant to pack?  You pop to Boots to buy those forgotten essentials, arrive at your destination, head to the beach, only then remembering the mosquito repellent or sun cream that could have saved you from itchy legs and red shoulders! We share our top tips for packing and those travel essentials that can literally save your life and relieve you of the dreaded airport stress… 

Top 10 tips for packing for long holidays 

  1. Preparation is key!  Don’t leave it until the night before. We’ve all been there and it’s just not worth the added stress
  2. Ensure you have a durable, lightweight suitcase, with wheels for ease 
  3. Carefully label your suitcase in case of any airport mishaps 
  4. Neatly fold or roll clothes to maximise packing space and minimise creasing 
  5. Ensure liquids are secured or wrapped to avoid a messy explosion
  6. Carefully protect fragile items, wrap in clothes to avoid breakage
  7. Keep travel essentials such as passport, boarding pass, credit card, cash, charger, book and cards to hand
  8. Pack a guide book in your hand luggage for some aeroplane reading and trip planning
  9. Exchange money into the local currency before departing. Do your research for the best available currency exchange, and avoid exchanging money at the airport. It’s always useful to have cash in hand for emergencies, taxi rides etc
  10. Draw up a packing checklist, which will guarantee you haven’t missed one of your holiday essentials 
Travel Packing List & Essential Items That Can Save Your Life

Travel checklist and absolute essentials 

Wish you were one of those people who could leave all worries and stress behind as soon as you leave home and depart for the airport instead of panicking until you arrive at your holiday destination? Worry not! We share the ultimate packing list with you to ensure this dream becomes a reality. No more sleepless nights worrying about what you haven’t packed, you can now walk out the door, belongings in tow, ready to enjoy your holiday stress-free. Just print off the following handy list…

Clothes & Accessories 

  • Swimwear 
  • Underwear  
  • Hat 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Shirts 
  • Shorts 
  • Sun Dresses
  • Jumpers 
  • Waterproof jacket, in case the weather takes a turn for the worse
  • Comfortable shoes, for any hiking excursions you might come across 
  • Sports leggings and clothes for exercise or activities 


  • Travel hairdryer 
  • Travel hair straighteners 
  • Sun Cream 
  • After sun 
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Lipstick 
  • Lip solve, with SPF 
  • Moisturiser 
  • Hand Sanitiser 
  • First Aid Kid 
  • Sewing Kit 
  • Personal prescriptions 
  • Nurofen & Paracetamol 

Electronics & Entertainment 

  • Portable charger
  • Portable speaker
  • Wireless Headphones
  • Adapter 
  • Books
  • Kindle 
  • iPad 
  • Torch 

Travel Documents & Important Information: 

  • Local currency 
  • Passport (and a scanned copy)
  • Credit Card 
  • Cash 
  • Travel insurance Details 
  • Emergency contact details 
  • Visa 

10 things people forget most when packing 

Attention is in the detail. When it comes to packing, slow down and remember to think outside the box. Here are 10 things that travellers forget when it comes to packing:  

  1. Travel Pillow – useful for those long flights, bus journeys and uncomfortable situations 
  2. Cards – an essential for any quiet moments, and a sure way to make a new best friend
  3. Prescriptions – You do you, and remember to take care by remembering to pack important medication  
  4. Sun Cream – a sure way to prevent sunburn 
  5. After- sun – a relief from the inevitable sunburn 
  6. Lip Balm with SPF – overlooked but essential 
  7. Snacks – essential for journeys when food sources are limited 
  8. Sewing Kit – always come in handy when you least expect 
  9. First Aid Kit –   including necessities such as plasters, paracetamol and more 
  10. Emergency Contact Details – in case you get stuck in a tricky situation, and find yourself in need of a helping hand
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