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Holiday packing checklist for families

How do you prepare for a break with the children? Throw it all in the suitcase or follow a meticulous family holiday checklist? Our friends at Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee are here with their top tips for you.

Whether you barely pack the travel essentials or attempt to transfer your entire wardrobe into five suitcases, this guide is for you. Because for those who don’t pack enough, how many times have you had to fork out for that vital item while you’re away?

And if you're an over-packer, how often do you get to the end of the holiday realising that 90% of what you’ve packed hasn’t been used, worn or even left the case? That’s why you need our 100% foolproof holiday checklist for families. Because nobody likes packing, let alone planning for packing.


Packing For A Bluestone Break

Our Top Tips For Families

1. Get a decent lightweight suitcase or bag. We can’t overstate this enough. Get one that’s light enough that it allows you pack a bit more in there and is easy to drag along with wheels, together with handles in the right places. When you arrive at Bluestone you can drive to your lodge to unpack so it's not far to carry but it's always a good thing to invest in!

2. Think about where you are staying. Are they likely to provide the bathroom essentials? Don’t take them then. Leave the hairdryer at home - it takes up way too much space. All of Bluestone’s lodges come with hairdryers, towels and linen - so there’s no need to be forcing that in there.

3. Don’t pack clothes just in case. Chances are you will never were them. Are you going somewhere with the kids that’s informal and relaxed? In which case you probably won’t need that designer evening gown and matching shoes, even if you are desperate to get more wear out of it.

4. Be ruthless. Once you’ve packed, take a third out and pack again. Especially the kids! They’ll probably just spend the whole time in either shorts or swimwear.

5. Wear your coat, jeans, sweater while you travel. It’s easier that way - keep your heavy gear out your luggage if you can. If it’s too hot to wear while you travel you probably shouldn’t be taking it in the first place.

6. Don’t ignore the essentials in your mission to travel light. You will need flip flops, a phone charger and a day bag of some kind.

7. Roll your clothes rather than fold if you’re tight for space - it’s a lot easier to cram it all in that way.

Things You’ll Probably Forget

Avoid that horrible moment you realise, you've forgotten the phone charger and tick off this checklist.

  • Wallet, with the cards you need and some cash
  • Camera, if it’s not on your phone
  • Phone charger
  • Driving licence - A must if you've hired a buggy at Bluestone!
  • Day bag - a small backpack, something easy to carry in the day
  • Medication - especially Calpol
  • First aid kit
  • Wet wipes
  • Nappies
  • Shampoo and shower gel
  • Glasses and contact lens if you wear them
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste, the most forgotten item ever
  • Hairbrush
  • Drinks bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Coats/rain jackets (one each if you must)
  • Torch
  • Bike helmets if you're booking or bringing a bike 

Toddlers and Babies

Any parent knows, the smaller the person, the more packing they require, make sure you have all these with you for your break:

  • Plenty of changes of clothes and vests
  • Bibs
  • Snacks
  • Baby monitor
  • Bath mat
  • Sippy cups and cutlery
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Buggy
  • Sling


For the Beach and Pool

Don't get caught out, make sure these are all in the beach bag: 

  • Swimming costumes
  • Beach/pool towel
  • Goggles
  • Beach umbrella or windbreak
  • Bucket and spade
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Swim nappies
  • Talcum Powder (helps get rid of sand)
  • Don’t worry so much about beach games - it’s often cheaper to buy there

Just In Case

  • Those things you may need, but probably wouldn't forget:
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers


And Relax

Phew! Now that’s done you can get on with having the time of your life. Not booked yet but feeling inspired? Head over to our family breaks page and start planning your much-deserved break.

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