81 things you need to pack for a holiday: the ultimate guide

Make sure you have these in your suitcase

Chloe Best

Remembering to pack everything for your holiday used to be hard enough, but it's now become a mammoth task following the coronavirus outbreak. If you've got a holiday booked for when the lockdown ends, you'll need even more essentials for your break, including hand sanitiser and face masks. Whether you're jetting away for a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic break with your other half, we've done the hard part for you by compiling your need-to-know packing guide - so now there's just the small matter of how to fit it all into your suitcase!

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Travel documents:

These are the items you can't afford to travel without. Make sure you have your passport and various travel documents - such as your travel insurance - safe in your hand luggage. It’s also worth making a copy before you travel in case anything goes missing.

Valuables, tech and entertainment:

From the all-important phone and charger to your travel currency and camera, you're going to want to save plenty of room in your hand luggage for these valuables and entertainment. Make sure you take an appropriate plug adaptor for your destination, and download some of your favourite films or TV shows to watch on the flight if you have a long journey. Picking up a phrase book or travel guide to the country you're visiting will prove invaluable in helping you to find your way around and impress the locals with your lingo – or at least try.


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These are the essentials you can't forget in your hand luggage or suitcase:

1) Passport

2) Insurance documents - if you're concerned about coronavirus, we've taken a look at travel insurance policies.

3) Boarding pass

4) Visa documents

5) Any other holiday documentation

6) Driving licence

7) Phone

8) Phone charger

9) Plug adaptors

10) Purse and travel money

11) Keys

12) Laptop or tablet

13) Charger for laptop

14) Headphones

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15) Camera

16) Camera charger

17) Portable phone charger

18) Pen and notebook

19) Books or magazines

20) Phrasebook or travel guide to the country you're visiting

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These essentials will help to make your journey more comfortable, and will also come in handy once you arrive. Save money (and single-use plastic) by taking your own refillable water bottle that you can fill up after passing through security, and don't forget your sunglasses if you're travelling somewhere hot.

21) Refillable water bottle - take it through security empty and fill it up once you're through


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22) Glasses or contact lenses

23) Sunglasses

24) Tissues

25) Antibacterial hand gel or hand santitiser - this is particularly important following the outbreak of coronavirus. The ideal is at least 60% alcohol. 


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26) Face mask - there are plenty of fun face masks for kids, as well as stylish alternatives to shop online. You can even buy a HELLO! face mask!

27) Any medication you need (plus prescription)

28) A sealable clear plastic bag for any toiletries

29) Hand cream (under 100ml)

30) Moisturiser (under 100ml)

31) Sleep kit for longer flights with eye mask and earplugs

32) Travel pillow


If travelling with children:

Keep little ones comfortable and entertained on your travels with snacks, toys and games. Don't forget a spare change of clothes for the journey, as well as any nappies, wet wipes and medication you may need.

33) Change of clothes for the journey

34) Nappies (including swim nappies for the pool) and/or underwear



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35) Wet wipes

36) Snacks and enough baby food/ milk for the journey

37) Medication

38) Dummies or comforters

39) Toys, games or books

40) Clothes

41) Sun hat

42) Bucket and spade for beach entertainment

43) Specific toiletries for children such as sensitive shampoo

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Hold Luggage:

It goes without saying that you're going to want to pack beachwear, swimwear and lots of sun cream if you're going somewhere hot. Make sure you take enough sun cream and after sun to see you through at least the first few days, and pack bug repellent, antiseptic cream and a first aid kit to keep your family happy and healthy throughout your trip. 

While you can pick up many toiletries and emergency supplies close to most resorts, taking your own will give you peace of mind that you have everything you need on hand, while saving valuable time to enjoy by the pool or on the beach.

Fingers crossed everything will be perfect on your trip, but it’s important to prepare for all eventualities – from packing an umbrella for any sudden downpours to taking a small sewing kit for any clothing malfunctions.


Travel first aid kit, £11.99, Boots


44) First aid kit

45) Toothbrush

46) Toothpaste

47) Mouthwash

48) Dental floss

49) Face creams 

50) Body lotions


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51) Cleanser

52) Deodorant

53) Perfume

54) Bug repellent


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55) Hairdryer

56) Shampoo and conditioner

57) Hairstyling products such as hairspray or gel

58) Hairbrush


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59) Hair bobbles

60) Hair straighteners or curlers

61) Antiseptic cream

62) Makeup

63) Makeup remover

64) Sun cream

65) After sun


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66) Razor

67) Umbrella

68) Beach umbrella

69) Spare plastic bags for laundry

70) Mini sewing kit

71) Underwear

72) Clothes

73) Sandals and trainers

74) Swimwear

75) Pyjamas

76) Handbag

77) Beach bag


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78) Beach towel

79) Goggles or snorkelling mask

80) Jewellery and accessories

81) Belts

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