I know that many of you are sitting on the sofa, wrapped up in a blanket, dreaming of holidays, which is why I decided to put together this quick family holiday packing tips post.
Using a family holiday packing list is great, especially if are going away in a group, as you will be able to buy what you need gradually (and all take responsibility for a different part of the list). With a list to work from you can also take advantage of any special offers that you see, keeping the cost of buying what you need for your holiday down and leaving you with more spending money to enjoy.
Make a list
The best approach to family holiday packing is to make a proper packing list and stick to it. Start by writing down the activities that you are planning to do while you are away. Next, note down what clothes and accessories you need for each activity. Doing this ensures that you will not forget anything.
If you have booked a party house for your trip – be sure to have a food and drink packing list too so you don’t end up with everyone bringing just crips and beer!
Mix and match
Try to pack items of clothing and accessories that can be worn together. Doing this enables you to put together many different outfits using just a few clothes. If you like dresses, buying the type that can be worn in several different ways is a good way to save space in your suitcase, and provide yourself with plenty of outfit options.
Be ready for changeable weather
Hopefully, you will enjoy plenty of sunshine, but your family holiday packing needs to be realistic and be prepared for the colder weather as well. Packing a light coat, closed in shoes and a jumper ensures that you can still get out and about, even if it is raining.
You do not need much
An awful lot of us return home with several unworn outfits in our cases. At the start of every winter, charity shops are inundated with summer clothes that people have not worn.I f you are planning to spend most of your days on the beach or sitting around the pool you only really need to pack some nice beachwear and a couple of outfits for the evening. Packing any more clothes than this is just a waste of time and money.
If you are packing for a colder climate then wearing the bulkier of your items, such as a ski jacket, to the airport will save on luggage space.
A good bag
An important item that many people forget to take with them is a really good bag! If you are going to spend time on the beach, make sure that it is big enough to accommodate a towel and suncream. An internal zipped pocket is also good for somewhere safe to keep your phone, keys and money while you are on the beach.
Its also a good idea to have this bag double us as your cabin luggage – so be sure to double check the dimension restrictions on that before purchasing anything.
Share the load
Finally, thanks to having so many beautiful big houses to rent for holidays these days, many extended families and friendship groups are deciding to holiday together – if that is the kind of trip you are planning then be sure to lease with each other when planning your family holiday packing lists to ensure you do not all pack duplicates of items you would be able to share such as toiletries.