girl in pool with bag of summer essentials

Got a fun filled holiday planned? Going away is super exciting but there’s nothing worse than getting to the hotel and realising that you’ve left your favourite pair of denim shorts or much needed sunglasses behind at home. Last minute packing can also be stressful if you haven’t had the time to create a holiday essentials checklist. Fear not though, you will be able to find complete holiday list of items to pack right here. The hard part is already done for you; all you need to do is throw it all into a suitcase. Use this checklist and begin packing!

girl in pool with bag of summer essentials

Clothes & Shoes

Over packing is easily done when going on holiday but bear in mind that half the items you over pack rarely get a chance to be worn – so keep it simple and pack light:

Day and evening dresses

A light jacket/cardigan

Bras and pants

Flip flops

Shorts and skirts


A pair of sandals

Trainers/flats for walking

Tops, vests, light shirts


A pair of heels/wedges


These accessories will come in handy throughout your entire holiday so don’t forget these items:

Sun hat

Evening bag



Day bag


Beach bag (big enough for towel, water and sun cream)

Top Tip: match your jewellery with the outfits you take on holiday to save you packing the entire jewellery box

girl on sunlounger by pool applying sun cream

Beauty & Toiletries

If you’re going away in a group then it’s a good idea to split items between you and plan who will bring which toiletries. This will also cut down on luggage weight too!  Here are our list of beauty essentials:

Sun Cream SPF 15 or above

Antihistamine cream for bites

Shaving cream

Shower gel


Hand sanitiser

Waterproof mascara

Eyeliner (can also be used for brows)




Sanitary towels/tampons

Lip balm

Lip & cheek tint

Insect repellent



Dry shampoo

Wet wipes

CC cream/tinted moisturiser

Nail polish

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Electronics are essential if you plan to document your holiday via social media or you simply need your straighteners to work:


Phone and charger

Selfie stick


Travel adaptors

Camera and charger

International phone/SIM

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Documents, Paperwork and Other Essentials

You will definitely need to pack these all important items:

Passport (6 months validity)

Foreign currency

EHIC card

Flight ticket/boarding pass

Sterling currency (for the airport)

Hotel booking details

Travel insurance documents

Credit card for emergencies

Vaccination documentation

Top Tip: take a photocopy of the main page of your passport - this can save a lot of trauma if the worst happens and it does get lost or stolen on holiday.