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What to pack for a holiday, whatever kind it is!

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Aug 1

Always leave packing to the very last minute? We’re not judging, we’re guilty as charged! From our sun hat to those comfy shoes, remembering what to pack for a holiday can leave us a little discombobulated no matter if it’s a romantic beachy getaway or an active city break. So, if you’re anything like us and adore a list, we’re here to help with these handy lists of what to pack for a holiday, no matter what kind it is! You can thank us later!

What to pack for a city break

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Off to Venice for the weekend? Or perhaps Paris for a few days? Knowing what to pack for a holiday, especially a city break, will mean you’ll be completely prepared for a few days exploring a beautiful city.

  • Passport
  • Travel documents / tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Drivers Licence
  • Money including any currency needed
  • Guidebook or map
  • Crossbody bag
  • Comfy shoes
  • Blister Plasters
  • First aid essentials including plasters and painkillers
  • Any vitamins or medicines
  • Rain jacket
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Camera / your phone
  • Chargers
  • Adapter
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Snacks!

What to pack for a beach getaway

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Got a beachy holiday in the diary? Jealous! We’ve got those perfect essentials for a week or two of relaxing and resting by the sea as you soak up some sun!

  • Passport
  • Travel documents / tickets
  • Travel insurance
  • Money including any currency needed
  • Sun cream and after sun
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Big tote bag or beach bag
  • Beach towel
  • Beach toys
  • Bikini/swimwear
  • Goggles / a snorkel
  • A great book or two
  • First aid essentials including plasters and painkillers
  • Any vitamins or medicines
  • Headphones
  • Tissues / wipes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Chargers
  • Adapter
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Snacks!

What to pack for camping

If you’re planning on connecting with the great outdoors, a camping trip makes a great holiday if you’re hoping to switch off and disconnect from the buzz of day-to-day life. Knowing what to pack for a holiday can be tricky but camping even more so! Any camping trip requires a little more organisation to make sure you’ve got everything you could possibly need for a weekend or longer surrounded by nature.

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags & pillows
  • Warm socks
  • Table & camping chairs
  • Torch
  • Stove
  • Cutlery & kitchenware
  • Portable speaker
  • Battery power pack
  • Spare batteries
  • Pack of cards
  • Any vitamins or medicines
  • First aid essentials including plasters and painkillers
  • Insect repellent
  • Rubbish bags
  • Loo roll
  • Sleep mask
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Snacks!

Let us know if there’s anything you think we should add to our lists of what to pack for a holiday or any essentials we’ve missed off these useful lists!


P.S. Want to get your hands on the most beautiful packing list ever? Check out August’s stationery subscription box, The Jolly Holiday Box where you can get your hands on some lovely exclusive stationery, no matter the kind of holiday you’re going on.

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