Holiday Packing Tips

We all know that last-minute holiday panic that consists of ten bikinis, eight pairs of shoes and enough going-out outfits to last you a month and all versus one, modest-sized suitcase. But although many of us would love to skip through customs with nothing more than a carry on bag with just a good book weighing us down. Travelling light is harder than it looks. It is for me anyway and I am always on the look out for good holiday packing tips!


Packing your bag for a holiday, can be a real chore. I hate it.  And to make matters worse, I now have the whole family to pack for too; the children and the husband so I am often seen to be tearing my hair out in frustration.


Trying to balance looking great in the sun with choosing items that only we really need can be a challenge and you will see yourself making some tough decisions about what to leave behind but if you pack effectively, you never know. You may just be able to squeeze just one more dress in!  So lets get going with some great holiday packing tips to ensure you get all those holiday essentials in your case this summer!


8 Top holiday packing Tips for a summer holiday

Read our 8 top holiday packing tips to make packing stress free.


  • When travelling with children, do an online Boots order and arrange to pick everything up airside. Nappies, drinks and snacks, then they don’t count in your baggage allowance!


  • Roll, roll, roll – roll your clothes up when you pack them, it saves so much space and reduces the creases.
  • Use large sandwich bags for the children’s clothes. Pack a full outfit in each bag for each child. Label the bag with their name. Each bag contains clothes, socks and pants. In the morning they grab a bag and go.


  • Use the buggy bag to store all those extra bulky, heavy things you need to take such as nappies, blankets etc. Just think how much you could fit into this Out ‘n’ About bag!! The same goes for car seats. Box them up rather than put them in a bag and pack the box full.
  • If your children are over 2, make sure they have a bag or a Trunki each with all their own toys in. A benefit with Trunki’s is the children can sit on them, or pull them. Saves you carrying another bag.
  • Split everyone’s clothes up between all suitcases, that way even if one gets lost you’ve all got something to wear. This does happen!


  • Bring spare clothes for each person in hand luggage, especially the children. That way if bags go missing or you have spillages, vomiting or leaking nappies on route, you are prepared.


  • Oh and one last thing – make a list and just tick as you go. Or alternatively, just use ours! CLICK HERE

So… Get packing and have an amazing holiday – Where are you off to?! If you would like some advice on surviving a flight, then we have just the thing HERE!


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** Children’s co-ordinating outfits sponsored by Frugi.

3 thoughts on “Holiday Packing Tips”

  1. Great article and especially love the tip re the order from boots and pick up airside!- would have made our lives so much easier when our children were younger!

  2. Terrific ideas here: especially splitting things between bags. Prevents the “this is MY bag” arguments, as well as staving off those lost luggage woes (yes, we’ve been there too!).

    One tip we’ve found really helps is vacuum packing. Word of warning it can actually ADD weight, rather than save it – but not much, and it saves LOTS of space, as well as helping protect against spills and stains (for the inevitable toothpaste/shampoo explosion!).

    We wrote up a thorough look into vacuum storage and bags, especially those suitable for travel on our site: – we hope your readers might find it useful too.

    Worth noting, you *don’t* have to pack your vacuum to take with you too!

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