packing

We may earn a commission for products purchased through links in this article

82 things you need to pack for a holiday: the ultimate guide

Make sure you have these in your suitcase

Chloe Best

Remembering to pack everything for your holiday used to be hard enough, but it's now become a mammoth task following the coronavirus outbreak. If you've got a holiday booked you'll need even more essentials for your break, including hand sanitiser and face masks. Whether you're jetting away for a family holiday, a trip with friends or a romantic break with your other half, we've done the hard part for you by compiling your need-to-know packing guide - so now there's just the small matter of how to fit it all into your suitcase!

READ: 10 cosy winter hotels with roaring fireplaces for the perfect staycation

Holiday-suitcase

Discover your ultimate guide to holiday packing

MORE: 20 of the best luxury spa breaks in the UK

Travel documents:

These are the items you can't afford to travel without. Make sure you have your passport and various travel documents - such as your travel insurance - safe in your hand luggage. It’s also worth making a copy before you travel in case anything goes missing.

READ: 21 best adventure holidays to put on your post-quarantine bucket list

Valuables, tech and entertainment:

From the all-important phone and charger to your travel currency and camera, you're going to want to save plenty of room in your hand luggage for these valuables and entertainment. Make sure you take an appropriate plug adaptor for your destination, and download some of your favourite films or TV shows to watch on the flight if you have a long journey. Picking up a phrase book or travel guide to the country you're visiting will prove invaluable in helping you to find your way around and impress the locals with your lingo – or at least try.

RELATED: Royal gap years: where Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince Harry and more travelled

plug-adaptor

Worldwide travel adaptor for over 200 countries with 3 USB ports, £16.99, Amazon

SHOP NOW

RELATED: Flying during the pandemic? Essential items to take on the plane

These are the essentials you can't forget in your hand luggage or suitcase:

1) Passport

2) Insurance documents - if you're concerned about coronavirus, we've taken a look at travel insurance policies.

3) Boarding pass

4) Visa documents

5) Any other holiday documentation

6) Driving licence

7) Phone

8) Phone charger

9) Plug adaptors

10) Purse and travel money

11) Keys

12) Laptop or tablet

13) Charger for laptop

14) Headphones

MORE: 16 best summer holidays to go on with babies and toddlers

15) Camera

16) Camera charger

17) Portable phone charger

18) Pen and notebook

19) Books or magazines

20) Phrasebook or travel guide to the country you're visiting

READ: 9 best insect repellants to buy for summer: From sprays to candles and the popular Mosi-Guard

Get holiday inspiration with five ways to travel like a celebrity

Essentials:

These essentials will help to make your journey more comfortable, and will also come in handy once you arrive. Save money (and single-use plastic) by taking your own refillable water bottle that you can fill up after passing through security, and don't forget your sunglasses if you're travelling somewhere hot.

21) Isopropyl wipes. You probably touch your phone as much as you touch your face. To minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus, clean your phone with an isopropyl wipe.

isopropyl-wipes

Alcohol wipes 70% isopropyl pack of 100, £8.69, Amazon

SHOP NOW

22) Glasses or contact lenses

23) Sunglasses

24) Tissues

25) Antibacterial hand gel or hand santitiser - this is particularly important following the outbreak of coronavirus. The ideal is at least 60% alcohol. 

hand-sanitiser

80% alcohol hand sanitiser 2 x 500ml, £14.99 Amazon

SHOP NOW

26) Face mask - there are plenty of fun face masks for kids, as well as stylish alternatives to shop online. You can even buy a HELLO! face mask!

27) Any medication you need (plus prescription)

28) A sealable clear plastic bag for any toiletries

29) Refillable water bottle - take it through security empty and fill it up once you're through

water-bottle

LARS NYSØM stainless steel 1L BPA-free insulated leakproof water bottle, £17.84, Amazon

SHOP NOW

30) Hand cream (under 100ml)

31) Moisturiser (under 100ml)

32) Sleep kit for longer flights with eye mask and earplugs

33) Travel pillow

children-holiday

If travelling with children:

Keep little ones comfortable and entertained on your travels with snacks, toys and games. Don't forget a spare change of clothes for the journey, as well as any nappies, wet wipes and medication you may need.

34) Change of clothes for the journey

35) Nappies (including swim nappies for the pool) and/or underwear

 

swim-nappies

Huggies little swimmers swim nappies size 3-4 12 pants, £5.50, Boots

SHOP NOW

36) Wet wipes

37) Snacks and enough baby food/ milk for the journey

38) Medication

39) Dummies or comforters

40) Toys, games or books

41) Clothes

42) Sun hat

43) Bucket and spade for beach entertainment

44) Specific toiletries for children such as sensitive shampoo

READ: When will UK holiday parks reopen? Centre Parcs, Butlins, Haven & more

luggage-packing

Hold Luggage:

It goes without saying that you're going to want to pack beachwear, swimwear and lots of sun cream if you're going somewhere hot. Make sure you take enough sun cream and after sun to see you through at least the first few days, and pack bug repellent, antiseptic cream and a first aid kit to keep your family happy and healthy throughout your trip. 

While you can pick up many toiletries and emergency supplies close to most resorts, taking your own will give you peace of mind that you have everything you need on hand, while saving valuable time to enjoy by the pool or on the beach.

Fingers crossed everything will be perfect on your trip, but it’s important to prepare for all eventualities – from packing an umbrella for any sudden downpours to taking a small sewing kit for any clothing malfunctions.

first-aid-kit

Travel first aid kit, £11.99, Boots

SHOP NOW

45) First aid kit

46) Toothbrush

47) Toothpaste

48) Mouthwash

49) Dental floss

50) Face creams 

51) Body lotions

susanne-kaufmanntravel-kit

HELLO! loves: Susanne Kauffmann Body Travel Kit, £56, Liberty

SHOP NOW

52) Cleanser

53) Deodorant

54) Perfume

55) Bug repellent

hairdryer

GHD flight travel hair dryer with protective bag, £59, John Lewis

SHOP NOW

RELATED: Incredible lengths Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's staff go to when packing

56) Hairdryer

57) Shampoo and conditioner

58) Hairstyling products such as hairspray or gel

59) Hairbrush

balmain-travel-pouch

Balmain travel pouch with detangling brush, argan moisturising elixir and leave in conditioner, £99.95, Lookfantastic

SHOP NOW

60) Hair bobbles

61) Hair straighteners or curlers

62) Antiseptic cream

63) Makeup

64) Makeup remover

65) Sun cream

66) After sun

after-sun

Herbivore after sun skin soothing mist, £11, Revolve

SHOP NOW

67) Razor

68) Umbrella

69) Beach umbrella

70) Spare plastic bags for laundry

71) Mini sewing kit

72) Underwear

73) Clothes

74) Sandals and trainers

75) Swimwear

76) Pyjamas

77) Handbag

78) Beach bag

beach-towel

Tropical beach towel, £15.99, Wayfair

SHOP NOW

79) Beach towel

80) Goggles or snorkelling mask

81) Jewellery and accessories

82) Belts

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

Activate HELLO! alerts and find out about everything before anyone else.