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Ultimate Holiday Checklist

We've done a lot of travelling and packed more than our fair share of suitcases. We've got the know-how and it's only right we share it!

The essentials

Family holiday checklist

Beach holiday checklist

Walking holiday checklist

Pre-holiday checklist

Holiday checklist FAQs

The Essentials

✓ Valid passport
✓ Boarding passes
✓ Covid travel forms
✓ Visa
✓ Insurance documents
✓ Credit card/cash
✓ ID/Driving licence
✓ Foreign currency
✓ Medication/first aid
✓ Face mask
✓ Hand sanitiser
✓ Keys

Travel Accessories

✓ Travel adaptors
✓ Children's booster seats
✓ Sun cream

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Family holiday checklist

✓ Backpack
✓ Paracetamol
✓ Baby wipes
✓ Toys
✓ Nappy changing bag
✓ Tablets/reading material
✓ Family-friendly games
✓ Beach games

Beach holiday checklist

✓ Beach towels
✓ Sunglasses
✓ Sun cream
✓ Swimswear
✓ Insect repellent
✓ Water bottle
✓ Books/podcasts/audiobooks
✓ Beachball/Inflatables
✓ Flip-flops
✓ Goggles

Walking holiday checklist

✓ Hiking poles
✓ Hiking boots
✓ Backpack
✓ Water bottle
✓ Map
✓ Power bank
✓ Camera
✓ Flask
✓ Food containers
✓ Raincoat

Holiday planning and checklists

Avoid the stress and plan like the best.

Whether you're travelling abroad or staying in the UK, being prepared is a great idea so use our holiday packing checklist to get things under control. We've put together plenty of tips and hints to help you get to your holiday with minimum stress.

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Here are a few things to think about before you go:

Pre-holiday checklist:

✓ Check the date on your passport
✓ Check any visas or IDs you may need
✓ Check you have the correct Covid documents
✓ Check you have your mask and hand sanitiser
✓ Buy holiday insurance
✓ Keep an eye on the weather at your destination
✓ Change currency/buy a pre-paid currency card
✓ Find out about local attractions
✓ Research emergency medical procedures at your destination (especially contact numbers)
✓ Check you're up to date on any jabs you might need
✓ Research places to eat while you're on holiday, especially if you have dietary requirements

Thinking about going away with the little ones this year? Make sure you check our dedicated UK school holidays page for all the info you need before you book your family getaway. Or if you're thinking about making your escape over a bank holiday, check out our UK bank holidays page.

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Frequently Asked Holiday Checklist Questions

What are the most common holiday planning questions?

There's a lot to think about when you're getting ready for a holiday, and not just what your first pool-side cocktail will be. We've put together some of the most asked questions by holidayers to help make sure you're ready to hit the beach, the slopes, or anywhere in between and make the most of your rest and relaxation time.

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