Holiday checklist for families

The complete holiday checklist for families

Going on a family holiday can be a fantastic and often much-needed experience, but the packing list is going to be at least twice as long as when you’re travelling on your own. Apart from the obvious (clothes), there will be hundreds of practical things to pack – things you may find difficult to find in a remote resort. So jot down our complete holiday checklist for families and make sure you have everything you need for a fantastic break.



  • Travel insurance details. Good travel insurance for everyone in your family should be top of the holiday checklist for families, as it will cover you if your luggage is lost or stolen, as well as medical bills if you need attention while away
  • Passports. Check that everyone’s passport has at least six months left before it expires and take copies of them all in case one gets lost.
  • European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC). This entitles you all to free or discounted state health care in all European Union countries, but isn’t a replacement for good travel insurance.
  • Visas
  • Medical information
  • Accommodation details
  • Booked excursion details
  • Hire car details
  • Driving licence
  • Copies of all documents or images stored on your phone

Health and medication

  • Regular medication
    If you or one of your family takes regular medication, then make sure that you have more than enough for the length of your holiday and take a copy of the prescription in case you need more while you’re away.
  • Letter from your GP explaining what the medical condition is and why you have to have the medication in case airport security ask you about it – especially if it’s a liquid.
  • First aid kit, including plenty of plasters, painkillers, antiseptic cream, bandages and a pair of tweezers.
  • Prescriptions
  • Calpol
  • Insect repellent
  • Anti-histamine
  • Indigestion tablets
  • Travel sickness tablets


With a few of you going away, your luggage may tip the airport scales with toiletries alone, so take smaller bottles of everything, including shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. Remember that you’ll be able to buy full bottles at your holiday resort if you run out.

  • Sun cream
  • Lip balm
  • Aftersun
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Moisturiser

Toddler and babies

A toddler and baby holiday checklist is always going to be much longer than that for older children, but remember that they have their own luggage allowance.

  • Stroller
  • Two changes of clothes for travelling
  • Nappies
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby food
  • Formula milk
  • Snacks
  • Reading and activity books
  • High factor sun cream
  • Sun suits


  • Mobile phones
  • Tablets
  • E-readers
  • Chargers for everything
  • Plug adaptors
  • Power strip

Remember that WiFi may be slow, expensive or non-existent when you travel to your destination, so download all the music, books, games, guides, maps, films or TV box sets you’ll need to entertain the whole family, especially the children – or even if you want to get a bit of relaxing time to yourself.


  • Selection of family games
  • Activity books
  • Reading books
  • Pack of cards – will liven up any evening, as well as being a great way to make new friends.

Beach holidays

  • Flip flops or sliders
  • 2 pairs of swimsuits
  • Inflatables
  • Bucket and spade
  • Sunglasses
  • Snorkelling kit
  • Books and magazines
  • Sun hats
  • High factor sun screen
  • Water bottles

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  • Accommodation details
  • Ski hire details
  • Ski clothing
  • Ski equipment
  • Walking boots
  • Day pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Lip balm
  • Aftersun
  • Small rucksack
  • Muscle pain relief (eg. Deep Heat)
  • Multi-purpose tool kit
  • Spare passport pictures for your lift pass

Don’t forget the various details about your resort and the best places to hire equipment from, as well as the tickets and passes to get you up the mountain.


  • Tent
    Choose a tent as large as your budget will allow and take your time putting it up – there’s nothing worse than an unstable tent or a water leak when the weather is bad
  • Sleeping bags
  • Portable stove
  • Camping chairs
  • Warm sleepwear, as it can get cold at night, no matter how warm it is in the day
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Pillows
  • Torches
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Water bottles
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cutlery
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up bowl
  • Tea towel
  • Matches
  • Lots and lots of Wet Wipes

Holidays with the family are a great chance to bond and spend time with one another, but accidents do happen. Get protected with a travel insurance policy for families by the Post Office.