What to take with you on a self catering holiday

#018/365 - flckr - KirsteaBefore we can sit back and enjoy our holidays, we all have to go through the hassle of packing. But relax, if you're taking a UK self-catering holiday there's no need to take everything plus the kitchen sink!  To help you get to the fun part of UK holidays quicker, we've compiled a list of what to take on a self-catering holiday. Let us know if you're a pro-packer and think we've missed anything!

Kitchen aid
Before you start packing all the pots and pans, find out what is already provided at your UK holiday home. As a rule, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery will be provided. Things you might need to take are:

  • Children's cutlery/crockery, if you have young ones in tow
  • Cool box for day trips and journeys
  • Picnic cutlery/crockery
  • Cook books if you're planning on rustling up a special meal or two
  • Washing up liquid and sponges (but check this with the owner first, some do provide them)
  • Sandwich bags
  • Tin foil/cling film


Check the cupboards
Again, the basics may well be provided for you - either left in the cupboards by previous guests or in the form of a welcome pack, so check before you start packing the tea bags and sugar. Extras you'll want to take, or buy at the supermarket on arrival are:

  • Cereal
  • Margarine/butter
  • Eggs
  • Any alcohol and soft drinks
  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Snacks
  • Fruit and veg
  • Seasoning and condiments for food
  • Anything else you'd usually have on your weekly shopping list!

Find out whether cleaning materials and products are left for you. If not, you'll want to take:

  • All purpose anti-bacterial spray
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Bathroom cleaner
  • Kitchen roll


Little travellers
Some places are all kitted out for younger guests, but if not, you may want to take:

  • A travel cot
  • Travel highchair or booster seat for eating at the table
  • Electrical socket covers
  • Baby bath
  • Baby monitor, so you can relax with a glass of wine while keeping an ear out for problems
  • Basic stroller - a simple one will save you precious space in the car

Odds and sods
Very important - your booking confirmation/reservation details!

  • Check with the owner about towels and bed linen. Sometimes bath towels are provided, but you'll need to bring your own beach/swimming towels. Likewise, you don't want to turn up and find there are no bed sheets or duvet, so be sure to suss this out before you leave.
  • Tea towels. Again, check this first, but if you're in any doubt, it's worth taking a few - they won't take up much space in your suitcase.
  • A decent hairdryer if you have long, flowing locks
  • A basic first aid kit. Some places provide this, but it's useful to keep in the car for when you're out and about on day trips.
  • Any camera/phone chargers
  • Any DVDs you really want to watch. Owners often leave a selection, but if you want to be sure of watching your favourite, pack it.
  • Ditto with books, guides etc.
  • Travel alarm clock, in case any early starts are needed when  you check out
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Any membership cards for National Trust, RHS, English Heritage etc
  • Matches
  • Torch
  • Spare batteries
  • And don't forget your camera!


AT 11:50

Blog Comments

23rd August 2011 luce mirra xx wrote:

packed all, luckly they have linen thanx luckly u had written this.


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