Packing for a family holiday & my top tips

Packing for a family holiday? I really struggled with it last year, our first time packing for a beach holiday with a little one who isn’t really that little anymore. How much is too much was a question I asked myself daily. In fourteen days we will be boarding a plane to the cobbled streets of Espana – we are all counting down the days and looking forward to feeling the sun on our shoulders and sand in our toes. Last year we holidayed for just one week whereas this year we are escaping for two weeks which has left me feeling a little stressed about the packing. The baggage allowance is the same but we are there for double the time, can you see why I am panicking?

This is only our second beach holiday as a family so I guess you could say that I am no expert at packing. I am used to just thinking about myself when it comes to a beach holiday and the one thing I learnt from last year is that packing for a family takes military precision, to be repeated at least three times in order to cut down the amount of none essentials first packed and lastly to pack as lights as possible. Packing as light as possible is one huge feat – there are some things which you just can’t leave behind – shoes (is five pairs too many for me?), sun creams, toiletries and beach towels(they’re just so blooming heavy). All essentials but oh my goodness they take up space.

And so I thought I would share with you my top tips to make things a little easier when packing for a family holiday…

1 – Call ahead to see what your hotel or apartment provide as part of your stay. We arrived last year to find bath towels, bucket & spade, inflatables for the pool and a washing machine. We had packed all of the above with the exception of the washing machine and definitely could have saved so much space and weight.

2. Pack a Hammamas beach towel. When it comes to packing beach towels, I have a huge secret to share with you. These little gems are lightweight and super chic and when I say lightweight, I mean super light. They also arrive packaged in a slim zip pocket perfect for transporting home and oh my goodness they are so pretty. Look…

3. Use a Trunki suitcase for your little ones – perfect size for hand luggage and of course storing their clothes and shoes which helps to lighten the load in the main suitcases. They are also fun for the little ones and keeps them entertained at the airport as they zip through the terminal.

4. Use miniature size bottles for your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and other toiletries. I always find myself leaving half used bottles as we return home and so this year I am taking smaller containers of each which I have gathered over the last few weeks. You can even buy empty 100ml containers in Boots.

5. Preparation is key. I like to gather everything I hope to take on holiday in the lead up and then every few days I go back to the cases and reassess. I really don’t need 5 pairs of shoes do I? And Mr H tells me that I don’t need 6 swimming costumes, I draw the line here. Step away from the costumes Mr H. I find it really helps to plan day by day what you are going to wear. You could also create a capsule wardrobe that you can easily mix and match from – especially if there are washing facilities in your accommodation.

And now, a little treat for you. The lovely team over at Hammamas are offering one lucky reader a chance to win a free towel. When I first stumbled across this brand I couldn’t quite believe that a towel could be this thin, and so I set about my research and wow they really are beach towels – made from Turkish cotton and crafted using a traditional weaving technique. What are you waiting for, pop over to my Instagram page to find out how to enter.

Good luck x x



* Disclosure – this post was written in collaboration with Hammamas



  1. Amanda Stead
    6th August 2017 / 8:20 pm

    Packing cubes! Separate underwear, nightwear, daywear etc in the cubes and everything is easy to find! Also you can mix them all up in the cases in case a suitcase one goes missing ….

  2. Victoria
    6th August 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Great choice in hammamas- I have bought the same one on the right for one of my sons!! Happy holidays ☀️

  3. 6th August 2017 / 10:32 pm

    These towels sound like a real space saver! We never travel without our Trunkis either 🙂

    • Life As Our Little Family
      9th August 2017 / 1:13 pm

      They’re truly amazing. Really pretty too. Trunki’s are a life saver

  4. 7th August 2017 / 4:55 am

    Great tips! We also roll all our clothes instead of folding – lay everything on top of each other and roll in a big sausage! Then stuff the smaller things around the roll. It also means nothing gets crumpled. Win!

    • Life As Our Little Family
      9th August 2017 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks so much for popping over Alannah – I hadn’t though about the rolling!

  5. Louise Graham
    7th August 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Love the top about the miniatures and I am off to booths tomorrow to buy some in readiness for my holiday to cornwall

  6. Louise Graham
    7th August 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Love the tip about the miniatures and I am off to booths tomorrow to buy some in readiness for my holiday to cornwall

    • Life As Our Little Family
      9th August 2017 / 1:12 pm

      They are definitely a space saver

  7. 8th August 2017 / 12:38 pm

    I roll all my clothes to save creasing and take a washbag with a handle so that you can hook it onto the bathroom door then unpack as you need.

    • Life As Our Little Family
      9th August 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Oh really, I have heard people mention rolling but can’t imagine it work but clearly it does

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