What has inspired me to create this post?

A few people I know have gone away recently and somehow they’ve mentioned that they don’t know where to begin in terms of what to pack. They were concerned that they’d leave something important out!

I used to go and stay in Leicester a lot so I created my own check list to make sure I didn’t forget anything.

It was so simple. I made it once, kept it on the pc so I could add to it or share it with others (I didn’t have a blog back then, you see, so forwarding by email was the key?! :)) and I’d keep a print out of it in the suitcase that I took for weekend travel so it was at hand when I needed it. As easy as that. 🙂

Now that I have a blog I thought I’d share it with you in the hope that it will help someone else feel less disorganised or rushed when packing.

If I’ve left anything out please do let me know.

Essentials: ~

Credit card – just in case
Cash (foreign) – order from https://www.travelex.co.uk (better than M&S rates – free collection from airport at check-in.)
Resort details
Drivers license
Tickets to airport if going by train
Tickets to country
Travel insurance details
Oyster card if using LT
Something that will support you if you have particular dietary requirements. For example we are vegan so we take the Vegan Passport with us which explains what we will/won’t eat in many different languages.

Things to sort out/arrange: –

Car parking arrangements
Lift to the airport
Taxi

Clothes: ~

Pashminas
Jewellery
Glasses
Shoes/Sandals
Casual clothes
Dressy clothes
Night clothes
Swimwear
Tights/socks
Underwear

General things: ~

Toothbrush
Drivers licence – especially for ID if we go you go somewhere where there’s a minimum age of entry.
Toiletry bag ~ deodorant, shower cap, cream, perfume, nail cutter, toothbrush, cotton pads, cotton buds, make up, make up remover, sanitary items, wet wipes.
Night clothes
Beach/Swimming clothes
Day wear – casual, light, easy to change and walk in
Evening wear – dressy as well as smart casual.
Undergarments – suitable for specific clothes that you’ve packed
Socks/tights
Evening wear shoes
Sandals
Walking shoes
Flight wear – baggy so it’s comfortable plus comfy shoes
Daily medications
Insect repellent
Suntan lotion
Watch
Book to read on the train/plane
Paper to write letters or notes of some sort
Music player
Camera with batteries and charger

Checklist

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1 Comment

Heena Modi · July 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

We went away over the last few days and forgot to do something! It’s not on this check list 🙁
We forgot to turn the alarm on our phone off.
It must have been going off every 10 mins over 3 days
Not ideal is it?

So the moral of the story is turn all ‘wake up’ alarms off when you go 🙂

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