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self-catering in cottage - what am I likely to have forgotten to take that'll make our holiday better?!

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BlueKangerooWonders Fri 31-Jul-09 08:36:40

Going to Norfolk, and keep thinking there must be something else to pack!!

NorbertDentressangle Fri 31-Jul-09 08:42:31

Bottle opener/corkscrew

Bath mat -theres nothing worse than stepping out of a bath/shower onto a cold tiled/lino floor (IME a lot of places don't provide them)

Sharp knife if you're likely to be cooking there

Dishcloth/Tea towels/washing-up liquid

CaurnieBred Fri 31-Jul-09 08:43:40

Toffee Vodka. This certainly made our last self catering trip fun!

brimfull Fri 31-Jul-09 08:45:02

dvd's for down time

good book
phone charger -I always forget that

CaurnieBred Fri 31-Jul-09 08:45:29

Seriously thought, knife sharpener (their knives are always blunt) and tin foil (to line dodgy tins).

MaybeAfterBreakfast Fri 31-Jul-09 08:51:15

sharp knives
baking tray

seeker Fri 31-Jul-09 08:55:21


Whatever you use to make coffee in.

A sharp knife.

A BIG pan for cooking pasta in.

Hot water bottles.

MaybeAfterBreakfast Fri 31-Jul-09 08:57:37

soap and/or shower gel (I always forget this)
nice bath stuff

Sheeta Fri 31-Jul-09 09:01:34


As a kid we went all the way to the Lake District (about 250 miles from home) and when we got there Mum had forgotten all of our shoes. Whoops.

LIZS Fri 31-Jul-09 09:05:06

Fairy liquid - a great all purpose cleaner (floors , cooker, shower etc)
Extra towels
Tinfoil and clingfilm#
Picnic stuff
Wellies and waterproofs
Subncream and sun hats
Buckets and spades, nets, inflatable ball
Black bin liners

BlueKangerooWonders Fri 31-Jul-09 10:21:29

Fab ideas from everyone - many thanks! <off to raid my kitchen for things I'd never thought of!>

LIZS Fri 31-Jul-09 10:24:22

Kitchen towel and loo roll

seeker Fri 31-Jul-09 11:47:10


somewhathorrified Fri 31-Jul-09 12:03:04

Take a salt, pepper, ketchup etc with you, the number of times I've had to buy all this stuff new when you only need it a few times is ridiculous *looks at the array of salt pots from around the country*

frisbyrat Fri 31-Jul-09 12:05:20

first aid kit with painkillers, stuff for diarrhea.
dettol spray

can you tell I've had bad experiences? smile

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Fri 31-Jul-09 12:08:39

Pillows. The ones there will be flat.

aquavit Fri 31-Jul-09 12:26:19

ooh good thread. Definitely salt/pepper/spices/whatever you cook with but would be daft to buy just for a week or so.

Lots of tea lights - citronella ones if you are going to be outside of an evening (perhaps not in Norfolk...) - they make even the most gloomy holiday cottage pretty.

Sharp knife.

stealthsquiggle Fri 31-Jul-09 12:28:58

Definitely spices/condiments.

COFFEE and cafetiere.

Wellies, waders, waterproofs....

seeker Fri 31-Jul-09 12:34:41

Did I say hot water bottles?

Sagacious Fri 31-Jul-09 12:35:26

Nice snacks
Dishwasher tablets
Tea towel and dish cloth

bloss Fri 31-Jul-09 12:36:31

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basic Fri 31-Jul-09 12:38:04

like shoes but coats because it's not actually winter you will not be wearing them - easy to forget oh and brollies if it's not raining when you set off! Though it can be the highlight of the day to go out shopping for a new brolly!

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Fri 31-Jul-09 12:39:06

emergency wine/chocolate.

TigerDrivesAgain Fri 31-Jul-09 12:41:52

what everyone else said:

corkscrew/bottle opener
sharp knife
candles but don't forget matches!
music (we take CD player as well as CDs as ones there never work)
spare towels good if you have room
tea, coffee and milk for when you arrive (or beer/wine etc!)

earlyriser Fri 31-Jul-09 13:12:14

Oh ice cube trays/bags if not already mentioned. essential for that first G&T on the patio smile

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