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 checklist 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
Resort details
Drivers license
Tickets to get to the airport if going by bus/train
Oyster card if using London Transport
Tickets to the destination
Travel insurance details
Something that will support you if you have particular dietary requirements. For example, we are vegan so we take the Vegan Passport as it helps us explain what we will/won’t eat in many different languages.

Things to sort out/arrange: –

Car parking arrangements
Lift to the airport

Clothes: –

Walking shoes, sandals, heels etc
Casual clothes
Dressy clothes
Night clothes
Tights or socks

General things: –

Drivers licence – especially for ID if 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, makeup, makeup remover, sanitary items, wet wipes
Night clothes
Beach/Swimming clothes
Daywear – 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 or tights
Evening wear shoes
Walking shoes
Flight wear
Daily medications
Insect repellent
Suntan lotion
Book to read on the train/plane
Paper to write letters or notes of some sort
Music player
Charging cables and sockets


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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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