We work hard all year for our one or two week holiday, so to make sure that you can just jet off with ease, here is a round up of the things we feel are essential for the perfect trip:

  • Pack Your First Aid Kit

We’re not talking full on emergency room equipment here, just your normal medication, and some basic pills for headaches, upset tummies and allergies.  It’s always far easier to get hold of these things here at home rather than abroad where some medicines are only available by prescription.

  • Pop Some Clothes in Your Hand Luggage

Hopefully they won’t be needed, but if your baggage goes AWOL then at least you will have a spare outfit, some underwear and your toothbrush with you to tide you over until you are reunited with your case.  If you are travelling as a family, it’s also wise to divide up everyone’s clothes between your luggage, so again if the unthinkable happens, you can all still enjoy your holiday.

  • Check if Towels are Provided

Towels always take up so much space in your luggage, so check ahead to see if towels are provided at your accommodation.  This is will then free you up with some space to bring back your holiday bargains.  If you do have to take a towel, take one of the compact micro fibre sports towels.

  • Roll Up Roll Up

We believe that rolling your clothes is still the most effective way to pack, not only does it help to reduce the amount of creasing, but it also means that you can pack more in your case.

  • Limit Your Liquids

Don’t forget that there are still restrictions on the volume of liquids that you can take with you in your hand luggage, so if you are traveling light to beat the queues at baggage reclaim, then all liquids carried in hand luggage must be no more than 100 ml per item, and must fit into one small and resealable transparent bag.

  • Essential Electricals

While it’s tempting to pack all your tech, all you really need is an adaptor (depending on where you’re headed), your smart phone to keep you connected, your kindle or e-reader, and a power bank to keep you charged on the go.  Again, check ahead with your accommodation to see whether hairdryers are provided to save you packing bulky items that you may not be able to use anyway.

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