Holiday season is among us. People are putting their out of office hats on and jet setting around the globe, or staying closer to home for a well needed break. Before we can escape on our holidays and long weekends, we have the trusty task of packing the necessities into a box with wheels. I personally love packing for a holiday – I find it so exciting! The unpacking, not so much. It’s like setting off a big flare that writes “BACK TO REALITY” in the sky. Packing can be stressful for many, especially if you’re prone to forgetting things.
That’s where this post steps in. I wanted to share the things I know I’ve personally forgotten and been surprised that I actually needed them! They of course won’t apply to all and some of the objects are the less obvious things that you wouldn’t put at the top of your list (but that’s probably why they are forgotten). I remember our family holiday to Wales a few years ago where we had to turn round as soon as we left for my sister’s coat – you wouldn’t get far in Wales without one of those!
- Coats/jackets for more than 1 occasion. There’s nothing worse than realising you haven’t packed a jacket that matches your outfit or you’re forced to wear a bad combo of double denim. It’s uncommon for people to have a suitcase dedicated to coats, but it’s important to suit the weather and think ahead about your outfits.
- Flannel. I use a flannel (face cloth) every morning and night, so if you’re anything like me, it’ll be a struggle for you to go without. Now I don’t have an issue with packing it in the first place, but I do accidentally leave them in places. One of my flannels is somewhere in South Korea.
- Cotton buds. Need to clean your ears? Cotton buds. Need to get that streak of dried mascara off of your eyelid? Cotton buds. They come in handy when you least expect it.
- Ibuprofen and Diarrhoea tablets. I’m getting real now. You cannot tell me after travelling to a new place or country, that your body has perfectly adjusted to the cuisine every time? Headaches and bad tummies hit out of nowhere and being stuck without a way to stop them is not nice. My boyfriend asked why I was taking them to Amsterdam, but guess who was the first to use them?
- Sunglasses. If you’re going somewhere hot you’d think this one would be easy. But unless they’re on my head – I often forget. I live in England, so I don’t expect to be blinded by the sun, but it’s good to have them to save you squinting all day.
- Slippers. Who doesn’t love a bit of home away from home comfort? Whether you’re wrapped up warm in a Scottish cottage or relaxing in a villa in Greece, it’s nice to keep your feet covered and comfy.
- First aid kid/blister plasters. I found a bargain recently in Tiger, a little red zip-up first aid kit for a couple of quid. Accidents happen so having a few plasters on hand for if you overestimate the comfort of your new sandals or you catch your finger is never a bad thing.
- Hairbands & hairpins. It’s annoying when you’ve got your bun perfect, but there’s a bit of hair sticking out and you kick yourself for forgetting your bobby pins again. This may just be me, but I have different types of hairbands depending on the look I’m going for, so it’s a pain if I forget them.
- Toothpaste. I think it’s a lot easier to forget the things you still need on the morning you depart – if that makes sense? We make a mad run for our toothbrush after having our last wee thinking “shit, I nearly forgot!” then we come to brush our teeth at night and have nothing to do it with. Buying a travel toothpaste to keep in your suitcase could be a way of avoiding this.
- Nail kit. I feel naked without a hand-size nail kit on me. Life seems much less difficult when you can file that sharp corner of your nail or trim a nail that’s starting to split. Plus, you can be that person that says “ME!” when someone asks “does anyone have a nail file?”.
So there are just 10 things you may or may not forget on the regular. I have 100% forgotten all of the above at least once. It’s not a case of life or death if you forget them, because more often than not, you can either go without or pick them up from a local shop. It’s just way more convenient to add them to your mental/physical list and tick it off when you know it’s secured in your bag. I’m off to Spain in a few days, so I’m going to be double checking this list!
Is there something you always forget when you travel? How do you make sure you remember it?
Thank you so much for reading! Until next time,