Holiday Packing Tips – Essential Items to Pack on Your Travels

One of the many benefits of a self catering UK holiday is the freedom to pack whatever – and however much – you want to bring. That being said, packing for the whole family can result in a mountain of luggage, which doesn’t make for a very relaxing holiday.

Prepare for a wonderful family break in one of our superb family cottages with these helpful packing tips.


A selection of toys, books and games (including outdoor equipment like a Frisbee, football and tennis) is essential, not just for kids but for grown-ups too. A few good DVDs can be a Godsend and a portable DVD player or laptop, if you have one, might be worth bringing to avoid arguments about who’s watching what!

Books are a great way to keep children absorbed for hours, and it’ll give you the chance to bury your nose in that novel you’ve been meaning to read too! The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is a fun and engaging way to encourage your children wanting to read on their own.


Pack sufficient changes of clothes for the trip plus a few spares, or instead check whether your accommodation has washing facilities if you don’t mind doing a bit of laundry while on holiday. Also, make sure that you pack for all weather – throw in wellies and rain coats as well as sun hats and glasses.

For the ultimate in comfort and style, you’d be hard-pushed to find a better one-stop-shop than Crewe Clothing Co. Their stylish yet practical range makes dressing the whole family simple.


Travel-sized items are a great way of saving space. Pack sun lotion even if you think you won’t need it as the weather can be very unpredictable! A small family first aid kit, including items such as adult and child painkillers, plasters, antiseptic cream and a thermometer, is a useful addition.

If you’d like to indulge with a special holiday treat, Molten Brown’s travel selection of toiletries makes a great addition to Mum’s suitcase!


Apart from a supply of snacks and drinks for the journey and a few things to tide you over on arrival, it’s probably best to leave food shopping until you arrive at your destination. Even better, use a grocery delivery service such as The Organic Fresh Food Company and have your shopping delivered to the cottage door.

For babies

If you’re travelling with infants, check what equipment your accommodation might supply such as cots, stair gates and highchairs. Don’t forget essentials like a baby monitor, portable blackout blinds, spare dummies, potty, swim nappies and arm bands.

Finally, take anything that you think is vital in order for your children to enjoy their stay away from home, be it a special blanket or pillow, a favourite cup or a treasured teddy. Kiddicare sell a wonderful range of travel accessories for babies.

Now that you feel prepared for packing, take a look at our family friendly cottages and find the perfect cottage for you.

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