Travel: What Are Your Suitcase Essentials?


Suitcase essentials for your next holiday

I recently got asked by Age UK on behalf of the Joe Blogs Network, what would my suitcase essentials be if I were to go on holiday.

As I am off to Australia for Christmas, this question could not have come at a better time, and it got me thinking (and far more excited) about what I will need to be taking.

Obviously, it is dependent on the holiday, are you going on a weekend city break? A week or two away somewhere sunny? Or are you venturing away for longer?

You have to think about the climate, what season is it going to be? Are you going to be sweltering or freezing?


So, what do I need to take on holiday with me?

These are my (rather thorough and expansive) suitcase essentials this summer:

♥ All documentation – Passport (ensure that it is valid for the duration of your trip!), travel and insurance documentation, personal identification, visas, health insurance documentation/European Health Insurance Card (if travelling in Europe), driving license, student card (can come in handy for tourism attractions) and all relevant emergency numbers  (bank, travel insurance provider, contacts at home, etc.).

♥ Travel money – Currency of country, money for when you return home, debit and/or credit card (secure wallet to keep it all in).

♥ Clothing and accessories – Clothing (remember a jacket for the chilly evenings), underwear, tights, sleepwear, swimwear and accessories, specialist sporting clothing (if your off skiing for example) shoes (limit them, they are unnecessarily heavy), bags, belts, jewellery and watch.

♥ Sun protection – Sunscreen, after sun, sunglasses and insect repellent.

♥ Beauty essentials  – Makeup, makeup/wet wipes, nail varnish and nail file.

♥ Hair care essentials – Hairbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, hairbands, straighteners, curling tongs, tweezers, shaving gel and razors.


♥ Personal care essentials – Toiletries (shower gel, body lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash) at 100ml if carried in hand luggage, antiperspirant, perfume, towels (often provided), female hygiene and sanitary products and any relevant prescription medication (painkillers are a must).

♥ Camera – For all your memories, remember to bring your chargers if needed and the relevant plug converters/travel adapters, batteries can come in handy too.

♥ Mobile phone – Bring your charger and relevant adapters and ensure it has credit or the relevant data and internet plans beforehand. Ensure to remember your headphones!

♥ Laptop – To keep a record of your adventures online, to update your blog and contact family members back home if you are going on longer ventures.

♥ Actual diary – Pack all relevant stationary too.


Double check to ensure you are within your luggage allowance, baggage restrictions are very specific. Do keep some space for all the goodies you plan to bring home with you!

Keep your valuables in your hand luggage. Although it rarely happens, suitcases can go missing or get damaged in transit.

What do you always pack? Are you off anywhere nice this summer?

Stephanie xox