Suitcase essentials for your next holiday
I recently got asked by Age UK, 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?
These are my suitcase essentials for travelling:
So, what do I need to take on holiday with me?
All travel documentation
First of all, remember your passport and ensure that it is valid for the duration of your trip! You will also need all travel and health insurance documentation, personal identification and visas. If travelling in Europe, be sure to bring along your European Health Insurance Card.
If you have a student card, it can come in handy for discounts for tourist attractions.
Also be sure to have a copy of all relevant emergency numbers. Have a copy of contact details for your bank, travel insurance provider and emergency contacts at home.
Travel money (home and destination currency)
Another thing to remember is to have travel money for your destination country and money for when you return home.
Remember to take along your debit and/or credit cards in case of emergencies and a secure wallet to keep everything in.
Holiday clothing and accessories
Remember to bring clothing and accessories for the climate you are traveling to.
Most noteworthy, remember underwear, tights, sleepwear, swimwear and accessories. Don’t forget bags, belts, jewellery and watches but be careful with heavier items such as shoes.
If you are doing sports outdoors, remember specialist sporting clothing.
Above all, remember to bring some outerwear just in case it gets chilling in the evenings.
Whether it is hot or cold, sun protection is key. Be sure to pack sunscreen, after sun, sunglasses and insect repellent.
Beauty and hair care essentials
There is nothing worse than forgetting your beauty and hair care essentials on holiday. Make space for your makeup, wet wipes, nail varnish and a nail file.
You do not want to forget your hairbrush, shampoo, conditioner, hairbands, shaving gel and razors. Optional extras include straighteners, curling tongs and tweezers.
Personal care essentials
Even more important are your personal care essentials. Toiletries such as shower gel, body lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash). Remember, these things can be carried in hand luggage if 100ml.
You’ll want to make space for antiperspirant, perfume, female hygiene and sanitary products and any relevant prescription medication (painkillers are a must). Towels are often provided but you may want a beach towel.
Your camera, mobile and laptop
Most importantly, be sure to bring along your camera, mobile and laptop. This is to record all of your holiday memories and adventures online. You may want to contact family back home if on longer ventures and update your blog.
Make sure that your phone has the relevant data plan to ensure that you aren’t charged too much while abroad. You may also want to bring along some headphones.
Note, that you will need to remember to bring all chargers and the relevant travel adapters. Batteries can come in handy too.
A notebook and pen
Bring along a notebook and pen as you never know when you may become inspired. Be sure to pack all relevant stationary too.
Before you head off, double check uour luggage allowance. Some baggage restrictions are very specific. Also, be sure to keep space for all the goodies you bring home with you!
Be sure to 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?