I know lots of you have plans to take a summer vacation now that travel is back on the agenda. You may be a little out of practice with getting prepared for your trip so we thought a summer holiday packing list would help you with your travel planning. Having everything you need for a trip to the beach or a city break is essential to having a good trip. It’s often a great excuse to go and buy some new clothes and refresh your summer wardrobe.

This holiday packing list will help you decide exactly what you need so you have the latest outfits and all important travel documents so that you look great and have everything you need for your summer trip:

Clothes & Footwear

When you are deciding what clothes and shoes to take on holiday, make sure you know what activities you plan on doing while you are on holiday. Beach holiday call for plenty of swimwear, where as a city break might call for some more formal attire – so start searching for dresses for women now!

a woman listening to music writing on a notepad
  • Dresses
  • Tops
  • Shorts
  • Skirt
  • Jeans
  • Cardigan
  • Jacket
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Pyjamas

When it comes to footwear, you need to take a similar approach. Will you be doing a lot of sightseeing or lounging by the pool? Do you plan on going out in the evening and painting the town red? It’s essential to plan for every occasion:

  • trainers or walking shoes
  • flip flops
  • heels
  • sandals

As well as your new outfits and party shoes, you will also want to take a few accessories on your trip. If you are writing your own holiday packing checklist then you will want to add sunglasses, jewellery, hat and maybe even scarves if you think the temperature will drop at night.

Toiletries etc

You are bound to want to take your own toiletries with you for your trip, but make sure you bear in mind any liquid restrictions in place. If you are planning to travel with carry on luggage only, you may need to scale back your packing list of toiletries. In order to minimise what you need to take on holiday, find out if any toiletries are provided at your accommodation.

You can often buy travel size toiletries at the airport, and these don’t count towards your liquid allowance. Another option is to use solid products for shampoo and conditioner for example.

  • shower gel
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • sun cream
  • moisturiser
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • perfume
  • razor
  • tweezers
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hairbrush
  • hair styling products
  • medication

Essential Travel Documents

You do not want to leave home without your important travel documents, so make sure these are added to your holiday checklist. Some of these documents may be digital or some may need to be printed out. Make sure that you check which version is required, as forgetting to have the printed confirmation of your bookings could cause a hiccup in your travel plans.

  • passport
  • vaccination confirmation
  • accommodation booking
  • flight tickets
  • transfer details
  • travel insurance details
  • credit card/money
  • driver’s licence
  • car hire confirmation
blue luggage with folded clothes


You will not want to leave home for your summer holiday without your favourite gadgets. Having a section on your summer holiday packing list especially for the technology you want to take on your trip will stop you leaving those essential items behind. Here’s a list of the gadgets you might want to take on your holiday:

  • phone
  • phone charger
  • battery pack
  • travel adapter
  • laptop
  • laptop charger
  • headphones

If you are planning to travel soon, this holiday packing list will have you covered. There’s bound to be some personal items that you just can’t travel without, so pop them on your checklist too. Now that your bags are packed with your new summer holiday clothes and essential travel items, you will be well on the way to having a great trip.

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