Avoid any last-minute dashes around duty free with our ultimate packing guide for a family holiday with kids
Give yourself peace of mind by laying out everything on your bed before you go and making a separate packing list for each member of the family. Put beach towels and swimsuits right at the top of your case so the kids can dive straight into the water after a long journey. This palm-print long-sleeved swimsuit has a zip at the front for easy changing, while the matching boys’ swim shorts are made from Sun Smart fabric, which has UPF50+ protection. Don’t forget practical footwear for days on the beach or by the pool – these lightweight kids’ clogs are easy to slip on and off. Keeping kids safe in the sun is important, so pack a sun hat, protective sunglasses and easy-to-apply sun cream. Leave space for at least one smart outfit for evenings out – we love this pretty striped dress and this cotton Oxford shirt.
You’ve booked the flights, got your suitcase down from the attic, counted down the days, and now the only thing left to do is pack. Maximise suitcase space by bringing pieces that work for multiple occasions (and will fit seamlessly into your summer wardrobe once you’re home.) We love this linen midaxi dress, which can be dressed up or down and will look just as good on a sunny day at home. An oversized shirt can be worn with denim shorts for a casual daytime outfit and doubles up as a beach cover-up. Good swimwear should boost your confidence, and this bandeau swimsuit has tummy control technology to sculpt your figure. Choose your footwear carefully: we recommend one pair of trainers for travel or sightseeing, statement sandals for meals out and flip-flops for around the pool. You’ll need a practical bag: this straw tote is perfect for all your beach essentials. Finally, don’t forget to protect your head from the sun – we love this on-trend crochet bucket hat.
Streamline your suitcase by focusing on hard-working favourites. A printed shirt screams “holiday” and can be worn buttoned up or open over a T-shirt. Our linen-blend chinos will be light and comfortable, no matter how hot your destination. Pack plenty of T-shirts: graphic styles are a hot trend and will add a playful edge to your summer outfit, while a multi-pack of plain T-shirts in classic colours is always a good idea. You’ll need a few pairs of shorts, too: our chino shorts are made from a super lightweight material that has an easy-to-iron finish, perfect for packing. For your feet, pack our comfy slip-on leather sandals, which will effortlessly take you from beach days to evenings out. A cotton baseball cap is a stylish way to prevent sunburn – the light sand colourway will go with everything you’ve packed.
Take some of the stress out of packing by planning ahead and taking simple steps to avoid any mishaps. Choosing the right luggage for your trip is important. Our suitcases come in either a hard or soft finish: choose hard if you want something sturdy and soft if you can’t help but overpack and need a little more space. Check out our suitcase-buying guide for more tips. Our three-piece make-up bag set is also great for keeping your products neat and tidy. Rolling, rather than folding, bulkier items can be a quick way to save space. Children love having their own travel bags, so keep little travellers happy with something comfy and practical, like one of our stylish backpacks, and fill it with everything they’ll need on the plane.
Words: Rebecca Hastings and Emily Sutherland