How to Decide on What to Pack for a Holiday

How to Decide on What to Pack for a Holiday


Write a List
I always have to write a list no matter what. I’ve already got a list written of everything I could possibly think of in all types of holidays in my Bullet Journal. Before, I would write it on a post it note or on my phone then discard it and redo a new list for every holiday. With it being in a Bullet Journal, I can always go back to look at and pack all the applicable items.

Look at your Itinerary
I’m assuming you’ve got some sort of itinerary you’re going to follow, whether it’s one you’ve done yourself or an example online. With this, you can determine the type of activities you will doing and pack accordingly. Pack outfits for each day. But this doesn’t mean you can pack different pairs of shoes for each day.

Check the Weather Forecast
I always check every day during the week before flying to get a good feel of what the weather could be like by the time I arrive. On some websites, you can view a week or month in advanced. Don’t highly rely on it as weather changes often. Once you’ve got a good jist of it, then you’re set.

Do Your Homework
Do any of the places you’re going have a dress code? Are you poshing it up for dinner at a nice restaurant? Any celebrations or special events?

Don’t Pack at the Last Minute
I’m going to put my hands up and say I do this too often. Even though I follow my list, I still end up missing an item and never have time to recheck. Give yourself enough time so you can double or even triple check you’ve got everything. If I’m using some stuff in the morning on the day I fly,

Try and Pack Light
I always pack items that doesn’t get used and it just takes up so much space. Every time I arrive back to the UK and think, gosh, why did I even pack this? No ifs, no buts, no made up scenarios in my head. Just pack the necessities.

Be Smart
Some items can double up as a day and night. If I’m going away for 2 weeks, I would pack a weeks worth of clothes and mix and match them. This is also a good reason to go out shopping to fill up the suitcase and wear new clothes on holiday too. Do not overload your suitcase with shoes. It takes up so much space and increases the weight of the suitcase. If you do, get ready to spend money at the airport for excess weight. Not worth it. Pack 2-3 pairs maximum. They need to be comfy and go with everything you would wear.

Pack enough liquid products that would last you the duration even if its pouring some into a travel sized bottle/pot for those shorter stays. Same with contact lenses etc. You can always purchase items from the local shops but beware, some are places over price items in touristy areas. You can read my tips for packing makeup here.

If you’re travelling with friends or family, decide on who brings what. Everyone individual doesn’t need to bring toothpaste or hair straighteners. You only need x amount of everything per room share and you might find new products you like too. Bonus!

Do you have any tips on packing for holidays?


  1. LaaLaa Monroe
    4th August 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Yeah I think everyone doesn't need to bring individual items that can be shared but I do make lists, I need lists lol x

  2. Angela Milnes
    4th August 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I always pack at the last minute. I guess it depends on where your going. I guess if i was going overseas I'd be more prepared.

  3. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    4th August 2016 / 9:52 pm

    I need to learn to pack light! I always take way too many clothes – at least I'm prepared though! 😉

  4. Rhian Westbury
    4th August 2016 / 9:56 pm

    I have a universal packing list of stuff I need for every trip then I have to realistically think what I am going to need and not over pack x

  5. Hannah Heartss
    4th August 2016 / 10:17 pm

    Writing a list makes me so organised otherwise I would pack my whole house! x

  6. afshan nasim
    4th August 2016 / 10:57 pm

    Great tips. You are highly organised. I usually just pack last minute. A list is always a good idea.

  7. 5th August 2016 / 12:22 am

    These are good pointers. I have a trip coming up and I need to make sure I'm fully prepared.

  8. Laura Ferry
    5th August 2016 / 12:33 am

    Thanks for sharing such great tips. I tend to have the same philosophy on packing as you do xxx

  9. Beth Twinderelmo
    5th August 2016 / 5:41 am

    My husband is a pro on packing as he works away during the week so has done is a billion times. I on the other hand need a list & still forget something!

  10. Annie Bean
    5th August 2016 / 7:01 am

    I so so need this my packing skills are awful. I pack then unpack and repack so much before I go.

  11. Dannii Martin
    5th August 2016 / 10:24 am

    I am terrible with this. I kind of just pack everything and then end up having to pay for excess baggage.

  12. ana de jesus
    5th August 2016 / 10:32 am

    Packing last minute is what I do 99.9 % of the time and that is not what I should do at all! I need to be more organized!

  13. Lubka Henry
    5th August 2016 / 1:06 pm

    I love going on a holiday, but absolutely hate packing. I just want to take everything with me in case I need it ;))

  14. Samantha Rickelton
    5th August 2016 / 1:16 pm

    I love doubling up items – you can wear some dresses on an evening and then again as a cover up the next day x

  15. beautyqueenuk
    5th August 2016 / 8:26 pm

    I always massively overpack, every single time x

  16. Emily Rose Vass
    5th August 2016 / 10:11 pm

    I am an awful packer I always add things "just in case"!

  17. 6th August 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I am going away for 5 days next month and always pack too much! I love these tips and will be using them! X

  18. Melanie Ed
    6th August 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Great tips for holiday packing, I am quite careful when I pack. My hubby on the other side is awful, he takes almost everything!!!

  19. Anosa Malanga
    7th August 2016 / 4:43 pm

    These are some great tips, I always check the weather forecast for the destination and pack outfits that I can mix and max easily

  20. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    7th August 2016 / 8:02 pm

    This is so useful for me right now! I am going away in 4 weeks and needed this! H x

  21. 8th August 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I'm terrible at packing too much. With children who are constantly getting messy and changeable weather I think it's best. x

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