Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Holiday essentials checklist

Ensuring that you have all the fundamental items you need for your holiday requires you to be savvier and organised than you might think. 

Photograph taken by Ryan Chand 
This may be different for men - or not. But as a woman, I have essentials for various parts of my trip, from the plane all the way to what I would wear to bed. 

I'm not sure if I'm too organised, and I know that the 10 to-do lists that I write myself in the upcoming weeks to my trip are rather extreme and potentially unnecessary. Which is why, I decided to write My Holiday Essentials List. This hopefully will help you too and well you can just print it off as your very own checklist. 


I have kept this quite basic because it really does depend on your location and also how long you're going for. 

  • Bikinis - at least three 
  • Sandals, wedges and maybe a pair of heels 
  • Shorts - comfy ones to lounge in and perhaps some smart pairs for the evening
  • Skirts
  • Maxi dresses 
  • Tops - both casual and dressy 
  • Jewellery - dress up your outfits will accessories 
  • Underwear - or not, depends how risque you are...
  • Cardigan/jumper - for those cooler evenings 
  • Bags - beach, evening and day to day bag 


  • Face wash
  • Moisturiser - face and body for the evening 
  • Shower gel
  • Hair shampoo and conditioner 
  • Body Sun cream - Nivea and Piz Buin are both excellent 
  • Face Sun Cream - Kiehl's Ultra Moisturiser SPF 30 
  • After sun 
  • Pain killers - just in case 
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Insect bite cream
  • Tweezers - don't forget to pack in your case and not your hand luggage
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Razor and shaving gel
  • Deodorant - Freedom is excellent 
  • Hairspray 
  • Elastic bands and bobby pins 
  • Plasters 
  • Perfume - Dior hypnotic poison is beautiful


  • Hair straighteners 
  • Hairdryer 
  • Travel iron 
  • Hair brush or comb 
  • Bronzer and Blusher 
  • Mascara 
  • Lipstick - in at least four shades 
  • Lip gloss - only if you're a gloss girl 
  • Lip balm - Burt's Bees are my favourite and they have SPF 
  • Makeup remover 
  • Facial wipes or baby wipes 
  • Nail polish - same colour you're wearing so you can top up!
  • Nail polish remover - don't have skanky nails 
  • Cotton buds 
  • Foundations - if you need it 
  • Makeup brushes 
  • Eyeliner - dramatic eye will look fab with your tan 
  • x1 Eyeshadow palette 


  • Travel adapter 
  • Camera 
  • Camera charger 
  • Selfie Stick
  • Extension lead - to plug in everything at once 
  • Phone charger
  • Travel iron - creased clothes are just awful 


This doesn't seem like a panic moment whatsoever, in fact, you should be getting excited at this point because you're actually FINALLY going on holiday. However, there is still a checklist and a double checklist of things you definitely do not want to forget...

  • House keys 
  • Travel money 
  • Passport 
  • Travel insurance


  • Book - check out my list of recommendations
  • Lip salve - due to the poor air conditions your lips will get dehydrated
  • Moisturisers - hand and face, especially if you're on an overnight flights (remember they have to be under 100ml)
  • Travel sickness tablets - if needed
  • Socks! I always take a comfy pair on the plane because my feet get cold
  • Travel pillow - helps to get comfy on an overnight or long distance flight


  • Towel 
  • Hair elastics or hair band 
  • Sun cream - lets not burn people 
  • Bikini - hopefully you will already have this on
  • Sun glasses - keep your eyes protected!
  • Book - just in case you just want to lie there and read as you tan 


  • Money - just in case you're not all inclusive and have to buy drinks/food 
  • Camera/phone - so you can makes some awesome memories and photograph it
  • Clutch bag 
  • Lipstick 

I hope you find this list useful!

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