What to take on a self-catering holiday - tea bags, food etc.

(31 Posts)
tutorconfusion Sun 22-Jul-12 20:23:07

Any ideas for small, light things we might find useful.
Tea bags are on the list already.

Wolfiefan Sun 22-Jul-12 20:54:08

Cereal for first morning
Milk (you can freeze a plastic bottle with a bit taken out)
Frozen meal (eg meatballs)
Toilet roll
Coffee
Wine?
Dish cloth and tea towel

azazello Sun 22-Jul-12 21:01:14

Washing powder, soap and dishwasher tablets/ washing up liquid. I don't think much is provided usually and it is really expensive to have to buy extra supplies.

Dillydollydaydream Sun 22-Jul-12 21:02:56

I usually take a pack of anti-bac wipes to wipe down surfaces, toilet etc.

Ponders Sun 22-Jul-12 21:04:13

is it abroad? are you flying? often the owner/agent will provide initial supplies for you (bread, eggs, milk etc)

you shouldn't need to bring things like teatowels

if a child has a favourite cereal it's worth bringing that. I always take the instant coffee I like too

Selks Sun 22-Jul-12 21:07:32

Dvds
Board games if you like them
I usually take a couple of mugs from home as ones in self-catering places are usually piddlingly small
I also usually pack a small box of cookery items (to save having to buy them when I may only use a bit when away) such as veg oil, a few herbs and spices, chilli sauce, soy sauce, ketchup, salt and pepper, roll of clingfilm, couple of tupperware tubs, a sharp kitchen knife, bag of pasta / rice if I have them at home etc...depends how much cooking you're expecting to do.

SrirachaGirl Sun 22-Jul-12 21:07:52

Garbage bags. Personal soap. A couple of towels, just in case. Bread knife/paring knife if you're not flying.

tutorconfusion Sun 22-Jul-12 22:09:01

YY selks that's exactly it - the sort of thing you have to buy a massive pot of but only use four times like salt.

Dishwasher tabs a good one as I always forget and again, end up having to buy a massive box and only using half of them.

We are flying, so definitely only want to take small, light items.

Ponders Sun 22-Jul-12 22:15:23

of course it does depend in the individual property, but IME of self-catering abroad, you usually find d/w tabs, cloths, w/up liquid, store cupboard essentials etc

are you able to communicate directly with owner/agent, tutor? if so I'd ask them before wasting your weight allowance on stuff you may well not need

Sharp knife, the veg peeler you like and the corkscrew/tin opener if you're fussy about that. Doesn't matter what sort is supplied - it will be crap.

frenchfancy Mon 23-Jul-12 06:59:51

I would always check with the owner if you booked direct. If you booked with an agency there is probably not much point.

The places I stay in have pretty much everything on this thread provided.

I would take a bath mat as that is sometimes missing. And a rubber mat for the bath if you have a baby.

SooticaTheWitchesCat Mon 23-Jul-12 10:35:49

Where are you going?

I never take anything on holiday as there is always somewhere to buy what you need unless you are going to somewhere completely out of the way.

Do bear in mind that countries do often have restrictions on what food you can take in.

jkklpu Mon 23-Jul-12 10:42:30

some herbs in small wraps of foil - food can end up very bland if you have none and don't want to buy new pots of things

Fillybuster Mon 23-Jul-12 10:51:51

When flying I take:

Teabags
Herbal teabags
Couple of sachets of ketchup/soy sauce/mayonnaise (the sort you get with takeaways - I keep them all year as they're great for hols)
1 bag of dried pasta and a couple of sachets of pasta sauce - sorts out that awful 'we've just arrived, the dcs are starving and we don't know where anything is' moment
1 small jar pesto (for us, as above!)
1 large block of cheddar cheese wrapped with a couple of frozen gel freezer things (they're not heavy and dead useful for the actual holiday)
Foldable freezer bag (for picnics)
Packet of 2 finger kit kats for emergencies
1 bar dark choc (as above)
1 packet flash wipes

and with the following I can cop with dirty ovens, rustle up picnics and generally create miracles:

1 roll of super cheap tesco silver foil
1 roll of super cheap tesco cling film
1 roll of medium size freezer bags

I generally buy spices and just bring the rest home with me....on the whole salt/pepper/oregano/chili/cinamon/cumin etc are cheaper almost everywhere outside the UK!

Have a great trip smile

OP, I was going to suggest powdered milk, but as you're flying abroad, I'd be careful of taking any form of white powder, salt, milk, washing detergent etc with you grin.

If you're not planning on eating out in the day, you may want to take a few sandwich bags for lunches, and a scouring sponge for the sink, plus a hand towel to put on the draining board if there isn't a plastic drainer. Abroad, I'd be more tempted to buy food abroad, even for a first proper meal, than if I were self catering in this country. Maybe take some snack bars or similar to keep your energy levels up when you first arrive so you don't buy shed loads of rubbish in the supermarket because you're hungry and tired.

mummatotwo Mon 23-Jul-12 11:05:01

tea towels!

tutorconfusion Mon 23-Jul-12 16:50:59

Pretty sure they will have tea towels.

Ha at the idea of 'wraps' of herbs in foil...sounds like a recipe for investigation by customs thinking we are drug traffickers. Think I will leave that one.

Anti-bac cleaning wipes and foil are good ones.

mistlethrush Mon 23-Jul-12 16:55:42

Small, unopened tub of stock powder.
Pepper
Salt

plastic bags, clips.

Lalilalaland Mon 23-Jul-12 22:45:53

Teabags
Marmite
Dishwasher tabs
Pasta and a packet sauce for first night when we arrive late and have nothing to feed the kids.

I always arrange with the villa owners to leave us bread, butter, milk and a bottle of water to see us through until after breakfast the next day.

If we are s/c in the UK I get Tesco to deliver at the house.

mirry2 Mon 23-Jul-12 22:48:07

cork screw/bottle opener!

tutorconfusion Tue 24-Jul-12 12:12:28

Good one with the stock - hadn't thought of that. And maybe a bag of risotto rice.

rara67 Tue 24-Jul-12 18:14:12

Pegs - for (obviously) hanging out wet swim wear, towels etc so they dont blow off balcony
Ice cube bags - that tray in the s/c fridge always looks a bit dodgey
Bar of soap - cut in half when you get there: one for bathroom, one for kitchen

Assuming self catering accommodation in Europe...?

tutorconfusion Tue 24-Jul-12 20:01:54

Yes in Europe.

ClaireBunting Tue 24-Jul-12 20:23:26

Why don't you just go to a supermarket at your destination? It is part of the fun. The cultural experience.

messagetoyourudy Tue 24-Jul-12 20:35:24

How long are you going for?
Other than nice coffee I can't think of anything that I couldn't live without for a week or two. I would just make do with ever there was available in the country that I was going to.
And its in europe what could the local supermarket/town possibly not sell? I'm sure they sell pegs & soap if you really really couldn't live without them, and anything else you could possibly think of.

Stop over thinking and enjoy the holiday!!!

tutorconfusion Wed 25-Jul-12 18:06:37

Claire - of course we are going to the supermarket and of course we're not taking a massive suitcase of food (we are travelling Easyjet after all...) it's more that there are some things that you have to buy in massive packs and end up using twice.

So dishwasher tabs is one - you might have to buy 24 and use 6 and they're expensive and easy to take in your bag.
Herbs, salt and pepper that kind of thing is what I was after.

ClaireBunting Wed 25-Jul-12 18:15:02

Fair enough on dishwasher tabs.

I was shocked ar Fillybusters list.

greygirl Thu 26-Jul-12 18:07:56

I think it depends where you are going - when i go skiing where i know the nearest shop will be small and over priced i take:
dishwasher tablets (1.5 per day)
scrubber thingy and washing up liquid (small bottle)
teatowel (just in case not provided)
packets of flavouring eg 'bolognaise' sachet or a curry sachet - easy to use and no questions from customs
i also take a packet of pasta and a 'beanfeast bolognaise sauce' packet - it has saved my life when a flight was delayed and we got to the flat about 8pm on a sunday night.
i also take sachets of instant hot chocolate but it may be too hot on your holidays.
a pair of scissors

i agree though the fun is in shopping in foreign places and trying new things, but only once i am there, not as i am arriving!

Fillybuster Fri 27-Jul-12 12:11:26

Clare - I'm confused, why are you shocked at my list? I pack the bare minimum to ensure that when I arrive (normally late on a Sunday evening) with 3 dcs under 6, somewhere that can be up to an hours drive from a supermarket (and often somewhere we've not been before, so navigating to said supermarket might take some time), I know I can prepare an immediate meal regardless of circumstances.

Apart from that I take sandwich bags, cling film and silver foil, because in my (extensive) experience they can frequently be very expensive compared to the UK. Did you notice that I mentioned a freezer bag and freezer blocks??

I take them because I adore food shopping in other countries, and much prefer to make all our meals myself (so we can take picnics on day trips to the beach,the mountains, the lake, wherever....), not in order to avoid doing so.

Please remove your judgey-pants this instance! <bangs gavel>

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whizzykidd Tue 30-Oct-12 19:10:18

Agree with greygirl. Take lots. Summer and flying much harder but sking and driving pack the boot. Too busy to go shopping on holiday. Lots of other things to do.
Depends on standard of accommodation. When I drive we take lots of food and having read theholidayboxblog I will also be taking pre-cooked dinners this year. Love the thought of a lamb tagine after a day skiing. Dishwasher tablets, antiseptic wipes, scrubby things, toilet roll, tinfoil are a must. I am not shopping for these on holiday!
Had a look at theholidaybox website. What a lovely idea. Had a look at the contents. Contains lots of the things mentioned above such as corkscrew, tinopener, tea-towels and also my holiday favorite a cafetiere. Definitely worth investigating. Wonder if OH would like one for Xmas. Would make my life easier when we ski at New Year.

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