Recently Teletext Holidays put together their Great British Holiday Report, a fascinating document full of facts and figures. They surveyed 1775 UK adults to find out their attitudes towards how we, as a nation, decide on and book our holidays. This got me thinking about how I holiday and one of the biggest issues I seem to have!
I am afraid I am not renown for packing light – especially after our last trip to France! It probably didn’t help that we were in the process of moving house and I needed to basically pack everything. However, packing for France isn’t the only time I have made the mistake of not packing light. I inevitably ALWAYS come back with at least 10 items of clothing I didn’t wear whilst I was away.
So, what lessons did I learn from packing the last time around? Here are some handy tips that I am going to save for future reference!
- Check what facilities the hotel or holiday camp provide for your stay. There is no point packing bulky items such as hairdryers, irons, beach towels and robes.
- Check weather reports and pack what corresponds with the climate on your stay. There is no point in packing ‘just in case’ clothes – a factor I am completely guilty of!
- Try and pack one pair of walking shoes, one pair of relaxation shoes such as flip flops or sandals and one pair of ‘going out’ shoes
- Limit the amount of ‘going out’ outfits unless you are a teenager going clubbing every night and then limit your amount of daytime clothes!
- Write down what you need. This is easier to see in written form before you decide to stuff it all into your suitcase! Then lay everything out on the bed as you tick off your list. That way you can see exactly what you are taking with you.
- Downsize your toiletries. It is really easy to purchase travel size 2 in 1 shampoo and condition. shower gel, toothpaste and the like.
- Wear your heaviest items of clothing on the journey. For example, I always wear my jeans because they are heaviest to pack and I will certainly get more than one day’s wear out of them.
- Take a rain coat in the form of a thin mac. They are really easy to pack and they keep you warm as well as dry should it rain.
- It is likely that there will be a laundry service at most holiday camps and hotels, so, if you are going for more than a week, then it makes sense to pack for a week and wash clothes when you need more.
- Roll your clothes instead of fold. It is easier to make them smaller this way, there are less creases AND there will be more room.
- Children will always need far less of their toys than you think they do! Grace took a lot of toys on holiday last time around and only played with one and when she wanted to be occupied in the car she used the apps on my iPhone.
- If you are flying, check the weight limits with your air line.
I hope that this helps you this holiday season as you do the thankless task of packing! And remember, the more you take the more washing you will have on your return!
This post can also be found on the Teletext Holiday site here.