According to a survey, British holidaymakers spend an average of £26.50 on items that they forget to pack when going on a holiday.
This won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s been through the rigmarole of packing last minute for a holiday; the frantic checking, the increasingly maddening family members that start to resemble headless chickens, the running commentary from someone reminding you how much time you have left until you really have to leave the house …
So, how do you pack and, more importantly, what do you pack for your summer holiday to avoid such situations?
How to pack?
Pack For Yourself
Given the amount of things that can be forgotten when packing for your holiday, it’s not too hard to believe that this survey revealed that one in five Britons avoid such responsibility and stress by getting their partners to pack for them! If it’s not possible to pack for yourself, a list would be helpful for whoever will pack your stuff.
Make a List
Other smart souls try to lessen the stress of packing by taking a more orderly approach, making lists of essential items that they cross off as they pack with enviable military precision. The trick is to start early and pack over a few days or even weeks before you leave – that way you give yourself more time to remember all those little extras that are usually left behind.
What to pack?
The survey revealed that swimming trunks were the most forgotten item, along with cardigans, shoes and sunglasses as other common left-behinds.
Travel adaptors, chargers – both for phones and cameras, then sun lotion are other items that Brits accidentally leave behind when going on a holiday. So if you’re tech-dependent, remember to bring a charger for any gadget you plan on using while away. Carefully tuck them away in plastic containers to avoid them getting wet.
Weather-appropriate clothing and footwear
It’s a must but people tend to forget to do some simple research into what the weather will be like. Doing so can go a long way. Remember that even in warm and sunny destinations, temperatures can drop in the evening, so pack a suitable cardigan or coat. If you don’t get the chance to use it on your holiday, you’ll almost certainly need it when you get back in the UK!
What to Pack for Your Summer Holiday Essentials
Whether you opt to run around the house in a panic or keep a strict schedule complete with checklists, the key is to remember that holidays are meant to be fun. Don’t let the stress of packing start your holiday off on the wrong foot. Pack properly and if you haven’t got anything booked yet, then click here for the best summer holiday deals and start making your luggage lists now.
Dean Collins says
Good tips for packing for the summer holidays , was away travelling for 6 months and left all my stuff in storage , i certainely didnt use these tips when packing the storage unit lol
I can’t believe that swimming trunks was on top of the list for summer holiday item being left behind. Perhaps, those who forgot bringing along their swimming trunks thought that they are going to a nude beach.
Chubskulit Rose says
Aha, I fold our clothes like that when I packed them in a suitcase. Thanks for the tips.
Reminds me of myself. I always forgot most of the things I need to pack and bring the least needed one! Tsk! >.<
Channel Imperial says
Hehehehe! Maybe most of them pack a day before their vacation starts! That’s why they forget things to bring. Making a list is very helpful too. Rolling clothes in the bag really does help you bring more stuff in just 1 bag. ^_^
Candyz Nikka says
Whenever I go for a vacation, I always make a checklist of what to bring. Usually I visualize what should I wear on a daily basis from head to toe. Then, I’ll add the gadgets I need to use for emergencies and to avoid boredom. I think rich people tend to forget more essential things. He-He.