girl in pool with bag of summer essentials

Stress. Excitement. Stress again. It's natural to have mixed feelings about packing for your sun-drenched holiday. But, we're all about the fun part and less of the faff part. So, take a deep breath before you try to jam in 9 pairs of flip-flops for a weekend mini-break and go over our easy, breezy checklist - perfect if you're packing for a week away.  

girl in pool with bag of summer essentials

The vitals

Meet the must-pack items. Without these, you're not going anywhere (abroad at least!) so pack them first. They should never be an after-thought!

Passport (with at least 6 months validity)

Foreign currency

EHIC card

Flight ticket/boarding pass

Hotel booking details

Travel insurance documents

Clothes & shoes

Overpacking 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 go for pieces you can dress up and down different ways. 

Day/evening dresses

A light jacket/cardigan

Underwear (including a half cut bra!)

Flip flops/sandals



Beach/bath towel

A pair of trainers/flats 

Tees, vests, blouses


A pair of heels/wedges

Beauty & toiletries 

Stock up on all your everyday toiletries - choose travel-friendly sizes for hand luggage only flights and to save space/precious kg!

Shower gel 


Sun tan lotion


Wet wipes

Toothbrush & toothpaste

Hairbrush, hair bands, hair grips

Sanitary towels/tampons

Empty travel bottles

Contact lenses & solution (if needed!)

Insect repellant & anti-histamine cream

Holiday makeup kit


Unless you want a digital detox on your hols (yes, didn't think so - hot dog legs for days, right?), you're going to want to pack these handy tools. Also, for those that want to tame the mane - that hotel hairdryer may not be enough!

Travel hairdryer

Phone & charger

Selfie stick

Travel adapters

Travel straightener/curler

Extra accessories

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

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

Sun hat



Day/evening bag

girl on sunlounger by pool applying sun cream

Other important docs

It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it...

Sterling currency 

Credit card (some hotel rooms require one to create a 'tab')

Vaccination documentation

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