Top Tips For Holiday Packing

Packing for holiday makes your upcoming holiday seem all the more real. I don’t know about you, but I start to get excited when I pack, but I am always conscious that I will forget something important so I tend to re pack my suitcase at least once.Top Tips for Holiday Packing - The Life Of Spicers

I remember the last time we went abroad, when unpacking I discovered a bottle of hand sanitizer had exploded in my wash bag. Nothing was ruined, but it was a bit of a nuisance having to clean everything off.

I vowed to make sure I was prepared for any future holiday packing, so have been scouring for some great hints and tips to make transferring your holiday items safely from home to holiday.


  • Pack bottles in a zip lock bag therefore if one explodes with the pressure, then you wont ruin other items.
  • Clothes also work well packed in zip lock bags. Eileen from Et Speaks From Home recommends flattening clothes in zip lock bags to act as space savers.
    • We tried this on our last holiday to Disney last year. The zip lock bags were amazing and well worth the money. We used them to store clothes, toiletries, and also to carry around wet flannels when we were hot during the day in the theme parks.
  • Mary from Over 40 And A Mum To One recommends splitting your clothes between cases in case one gets lost in transit.
    • My case didn’t come off the conveyor belt when we landed in Orlando. Thankfully it had made it from the UK, but I did start to panic a little at the time. I had taken Mary’s advice and popped one outfit from everyone in the family in someone else’s suitcase.
  • Place heavy items such as shoes at the bottom of the case so when the case is on its edge the shoes don’t crush the clothes.
  • Save time by packing everything you need for the pool in one case is a great idea from Pippa at Red Rose Mummy.
    • Getting to your hotel and being able to grab a bag from your case that has everything you need for the pool was such a good idea. It meant we got to the pool quicker and started to enjoy our holiday.
  • Encourage the children to get a good night’s sleep by taking their own pillow, encouraging familiar feels, smells etc says Joanne from Charlie Moos.
    • Miss A took her Pillow Pet on the plane with her which was a godsend as we forgot her teddy. She doesn’t need a teddy bear, but on a long flight something to cuddle is very welcome when you’re a child.
  • Think! Do you REALLY need all of that you’re packing?
    • Make sure you know your luggage limit. When we returned on our flight from USA to the UK, one of our cases weighed 22.9kg and we had an allowance of 23k. Phew. I’m pretty sure there were clothes in the suitcases that didn’t get worn once whilst on holiday.
  • Roll those clothes instead of folding to prevent creasing says Melissa from The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover.
    • This really is a great idea, it’s also very good for space saving as I found out.
  • Once the suitcase is packed, take a look at it and decide if you’ll recognise it instantly when it goes around the carousel. If you’re not sure if it’ll stand out, how about decorating it, or adding something like this to your case to make it unique.
    • We had black suitcases, but managed to find bright turquoise thick bands that we strapped around the whole case. This not only secured the cases a little more but also made them very visible when looking for our cases in the sea of everyone elses.
  • When the holiday is over, there’s nothing worse than bringing home a suitcase of mixed clean and dirty clothes. Lauren from Belle Du Brighton suggests a plastic bag to store the dirty clothes in separating them from any clean ones.
    • We started storing all our washing that wasn’t being done on holiday in plastic bags during our stay so when it came time to pack to come home again it was easy to spot what was clean and what wasn’t.
  • Once you’re on holiday Swazi has some great tips to relax whilst you’re on holiday.

Have I missed anything? What are your top holiday packing tips?

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  1. July 17, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Thanks for the mention Angela. I will show my husband this list, in particular “think do you really need all that packing!”

  2. April 28, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Yes! Totally agree! I wrote a massive article on packing a while back and my top tip is always to roll clothes! Especially as my holidays tend to be 4 weeks living out of a backpack moving every day! Shoes at the bottom is also a great tip and anyone with backpacks remember they have shoe access zips from the bottom too! Thanks for sharing 😀 xx

    • spicers1976
      April 29, 2015 / 9:05 am

      Your holidays sound amazing. I would love to have the courage to do that.

  3. Amy Hunt
    April 28, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    I think I do everything on this list, I’m a big packer so I use all of these tips. Pack my socks into my shoes and roll up everything, maybe even wear my bulky clothes to save space! xx
    Hehe, great post! Very useful tips! x

    • spicers1976
      April 29, 2015 / 9:04 am

      Thanks, I sometimes wear bulky items but it depends where we’re flying to, as I find it’s great for keeping me warm on the plane but stepping off into heat is unbearable.

  4. November 9, 2015 / 10:47 am

    I also love packing for holidays. I like to prepare and arrange every item for every day I will need! Greetings

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