Remembering to pack everything for your holiday used to be hard enough, but it's now become a mammoth task following the coronavirus outbreak.
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With the end of lockdown finally in sight, you may be thinking about booking your holiday – and you'll need even more essentials for your break, including hand sanitiser and face masks. Whether you're hoping to jet 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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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.
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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.
These are the essentials you can't forget in your hand luggage or suitcase:
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2) Insurance documents - if you're concerned about coronavirus, we've taken a look at travel insurance policies.
3) Boarding pass
4) Visa documents
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5) Any other holiday documentation
Cath Kidston travel documentation wallet, £19.95, Amazon
6) Driving licence
8) Phone charger
9) Plug adaptors
iBlockCube Worldwide Travel Plug Adapter, £25.99, Amazon
10) Purse and travel money
12) Laptop or tablet
13) Charger for laptop
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16) Camera charger
17) Portable phone charger
18) Pen and notebook
Moleskine Voyageur Travel Notebook, £22, John Lewis
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.
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21) Disinfectant wipes. You probably touch your phone as much as you touch your face. To minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus, clean your phone and other belongings with a disinfectant wipe. Keep a pack handy for any surface you might need to clean as you move through public spaces.
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22) Glasses or contact lenses
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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 - when it comes to cloth masks, 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! On Amazon you can shop disposable FFP2/KN95 face masks, too.
Pack of 25 FFP2/KN95 Face Masks, £16.95, Amazon
27) Any medication you need (plus prescription)
28) A sealable clear plastic bag for any toiletries
29) Refillable water bottle - take it through security empty and fill it up once you're through
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30) Hand cream (under 100ml)
31) Moisturiser (under 100ml)
32) Sleep kit for longer flights with eye mask and earplugs
33) 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.
34) Change of clothes for the journey
35) Nappies (including swim nappies for the pool) and/or underwear
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36) Wet wipes
37) Snacks and enough baby food/ milk for the journey
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39) Dummies or comforters
40) Toys, games or books
42) Sun hat
43) Bucket and spade for beach entertainment
44) Specific toiletries for children such as sensitive shampoo
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 or waterproof jacket for any sudden downpours to taking a small sewing kit for any clothing malfunctions.
45) First aid kit
Travel first aid kit, £11.99, Boots
49) Dental floss
50) Face creams
51) Body lotions
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55) Bug repellent
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57) Shampoo and conditioner
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58) Hairstyling products such as hairspray or gel
Balmain travel pouch with detangling brush, argan moisturising elixir and leave in conditioner, £99.95, Lookfantastic
60) Hair bobbles
61) Hair straighteners or curlers
62) Antiseptic cream
64) Makeup remover
65) Sun cream
66) After sun
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68) Beach umbrella
70) Waterproof jacket
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71) Mini sewing kit
73) Packing cubes with laundry bag
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75) Sandals and trainers
79) Beach bag
80) Beach towel
Tropical beach towel, £13.99, Wayfair
81) Goggles or snorkelling mask
82) Fabric spray
Fresh laundry-scented fabric spray for clothing and shoes, £11, & Other Stories
84) Jewellery and accessories
85) Disposable camera
Kodak Single Use FunSaver Camera with Flash, £14.98, Amazon
86) Extra plastic bags for waste, laundry, etc
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