I'm alternating between crying hyperventilating over packing for our holiday which is early Sunday. I know it's an overreaction and I just need to stop and get on with it but I'm really struggling and need talking down. I have a list and I've done all the washing. There's a few last minute bits to pick up in town but need to take the kids after school to do that. Please can anyone offer words of wisdom.
Turfwars · 26/05/2023 12:51
Not all will apply to your family but this is what we find useful:
Laundry detergent (if pods, secure in doubled up zip loc bag to allow for air pressure in aircraft)
Box of zip loc bags.
General/ Medical if you need to buy these, do a Boots 3 for 2 or stock up points on your boots card.
Sun cream – 50, 30, 20
Aloe vera – small 100ml will be fine.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Nice body wash
Travel Kettle if hotel have none
Waterproof phone case
Beach bag – per person
Baby powder – parent bag only- great for getting sand off feet.
Suncream - one of each factor in everyone’s bag
Goggles or Snorkel (full face one for kid)
Sun glasses & hat
beach shoes – hot sand can hurt.
Thin Beach Towels – thick ones are too bulky.
Change of clothes
Mesh Picnic blanket
Travel bag for each person
Passports, boarding passes (parent only)
Clear bag for small liquids & pastes – perfume, ecig, lip balm,
Activity pack for smallies – toys or colouring books
Snack bar, sweets for takeoff
Small drink (after security)
Tablet/ devices & games (fully charged, download movies from Netflix beforehand.)
I work off a capsule wardrobe on holidays and pare down beauty routine, so I bring light make up and don’t bring any hair straighteners. Waxing if you've time before hand removes the need to bring shaving products. My “dolling up “ basically consists of a sun dress with sparkly flipflops and a clutch bag, a bit of makeup and scrunch dried hair.
My capsule wardrobe is based around a few colours that feature in my wardrobe – in my case blue, navy, white & black. And I tend to handwash when there. I keep accessories to a minimum or make sure they are universally suited to most of what I’m bringing.
Nude underwear x 5
Nude bras -strapless and other
flip flops for beach wear
Gold sparkly flip flops - evenings
Silver sparkly flip flops - evenings
Tee shirts x2
Strappy A-line light dresses x 4, 2 coordinating clutch bags for evening
Mix & Match Bikinis - 2 types of bottoms, a halter/ strapless top and balconette type in both patterned and add in a coordinating black one too
Vest Tops x 4
Wraparound Skirts x 3 – for the beach /shorts
Cardigan if needed.
Do similar capsule wardrobes for the kids and DH.
Get kids (and yourselves) used to wearing sandals /flip flops before you go. Blisters are common for feet unused to being bare in footwear. Also bring 2 different types of shoes (eg sliders and crocs) so that if they do get a blister the change in style will prevent the blister getting worse.
Bring one or two extension leads and local adaptors. Then you can charge up everyone’s’ devices at once.
Water parks can work out quite pricey and it’s basic fast food mostly so throwing together your own lunch to bring can work out much tastier but most of them will let you bring in your own food (no booze tho) so once I got wise, I’d get some fresh rolls from the bakery, cut and butter them, strip a rotisserie chicken into a zip loc, get some ham and cheese packs and also separately bag up prepared salad. Then you just let people pick and mix their own roll.
If your accommodation has a fridge with a freezer, Freeze bottles of water solid over night to bring while out and about. As it gradually defrosts, you’ve cold drinking water all day. Plus if you pack a lunch the bottles will keep the food cool too!
If your freezer has room, you can freeze beer tankards as well to keep it chilled for longer.
Add an address tag to all luggage, tie a ribbon around the handle or a sticker on the case to identify it. Take a photo of your luggage so that if it did get lost, you could email a picture of it - put it in the whatsapp group - see below:
I set up a whatsapp group with DH and I add in messages containing holiday insurance number, hotel details, flight details, take a picture of the car where it's parked at the airport (after the time we lost the car for fucking hours!) and attach any documents we may need to that. That way both of us have the details handy in any emergency.
Turfwars · 26/05/2023 14:40
Thanks, it's nice to hear one lone voice dissenting in amongst all the people calling me insane for packing what amounts to less than 10kg.
Alongtimelonely · 26/05/2023 13:54
@Turfwars i just copy-pasted this list! Love it.
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