Holiday & Vacation Packing Checklist

Holiday & Vacation Packing Checklist

One of the most stressful things you have to do before you even get into the car to head to the airport, is packing for your holiday or vacation. This handy list might help you before you start packing and it might help you ensure that you don’t leave home missing essential items to pack into your suitcase for your holiday.

This list is not complete nor will it suit everyone or every type of holiday since a packing checklist for a city break will be different to a packing checklist for a 3 stop long haul trip.

Simply cross out items you don’t need then tick off the items from the list by your suitcase as you pack for your holiday.

The list below does NOT include clothes as everyone is different and hopefully this packing checklist will help with the other items which you may wish to bring. If you spot any omissions please make a comment and we can add it to the list.

Packing Essentials


Passports (ensure they are at least 6 months in date)
Drivers License (should you wish to hire a car)
Airline Tickets
Visas if required by your destination
Wallet – Debit and Credit Cards
Cash / Travelers checks
Emergency phone numbers
Hotel, rental car, confirmation details
Copies of your travel insurance

Guidebooks & Maps
Contact numbers to report lost credit

Electric Plug adapter
Cell Phone adapter
iPod / iPhone Charger
Books and magazines
iPod Earphones (ideal for the flight)

Personal Items / Toiletries


Travel alarm clock and batteries
Glasses, sunglasses and contacts
Birth control
Anti-bacterial hand gel or wipes
Hand lotion
Small first-aid kit
Travel pillow
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair Brush
Cosmetics & Soap
Razor and shaving cream
Sunblock & After Sun
Insect Repellant

Extra Items


Locks for your Luggage (and keys!)
Luggage name tags (include phone and

Sewing kit
Hiking Boots (make sure they are very
clean prior to packing if traveling to Australia
or new Zealand)

Camera, Flash & Lenses
Camera Mini-Tripod (for the photo

Camera Battery Charger (e.g. Canon DSLR

Extra film or memory card
Memory Card Holders (to keep them safe)
Journal and pen (if you like keeping notes on where you were)
Sweets for the Journey
Finally is the house locked and is the heating off and everything plugged out?

I hope this packing checklist helps you on your vacation

Remember to put all liquids and gels into your checked luggage.
Remember to check there are no sharp items in your hand luggage.
Remember to ask a neighbour to check in on your house when you are away.
Remember to have a good time on your trip.
Updated June 2015

Enjoy Your Holiday!

Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London

Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria, London

Every year I head to London with Friends and have done so for the past few years, with 2015 being the 5th year. Initially we stayed in budget hotels and quickly found that for a few extra pound per night we could stay in a very nice and comfortable hotel. In 2014 we chose the Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria.

Located only 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station, the Park Plaza Victoria was ideal for us as we flew into Gatwick Airport and the Gatwick Express terminates in Victoria.

Check in was very good and we were advised of the facilities on site including fitness centre, bar, and restaurant. and a Big Plus from Shane’s Travel Reviews … Free WiFi (it always annoys me when hotels charge for WiFi).

Park Plaza Hotel, London - Lobby

Park Plaza Hotel, London – Hotel Lobby & bar area

The room was very nice, bright, clean and comfortable. The room had a view overlooking the city and you could see the Shard and other landmarks in the distance. Another plus in the room was the very well provisioned bathroom which was of a decent size. Also in the room are tea/coffee facilities and a flat screen TV with a multitude of channels. At night there is no noise and a sound sleep can be guaranteed.

Park Plaza Room, Hotel London, Park Plaza Hotel Victoria, London

Park Plaza Hotel Victoria, London – Room Photo

Having stayed 2 nights here we all agreed that we would return to the Park Plaza as it was so good. So in Mid May 2015 we will be heading back to the Park Plaza Hotel Victoria to enjoy yet another relaxing break in London.

What’s nearby?

The Park Plaza is located only 5 minutes from the Apollo Theatre where the show Wicked is running, and is only 10 minutes walk from Buckingham Palace, St. James Park and Green Park. If you enjoy walking you can reach Piccadilly Circus in only 30 minutes walk from the Park Plaza.

If you are looking for a very nice city centre hotel in London, check out the Park Plaza Hotel Victoria, London.

Location Details

Hotel Address: 239 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1EQ, United Kingdom
Hotel Phone:+44 844 415 6750
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The Hampton’s – Review, Luxury B&B accommodation, Kaikoura, New Zealand

The Hampton’s – Review, Luxury B&B accommodation, Kaikoura, New Zealand

This is a B&B review of the Hampton’s luxury B&B in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura was the first stop after visiting the very friendly city of Christchurch. We spotted The Hampton’s Kaikoura on the app which is one of my first-calls when booking accommodation online. The pictures looked amazing and the reviews were very positive.

On arriving we met Patrick the owner and he showed us to our room. Wow…. When I saw the room and view on checking in I was blown away. Patrick brought us through the features of the room plus advised us on the route for the local peninsula walk.

The Hamptons, Kaikoura, Review, The Room

The Hamptons, Kaikoura- The Room

The room was amazingly comfortable with cable TV, free WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities plus fresh home-made cookies.

The bathroom included a very nice power shower and was well maintained.

The views from the room were of the beach area and were amazing. A very comfortable place to stay in Kaikoura.

The breakfast was delicious and more than enough for me. Overall a wonderful place to stay and worthy of such praise. Thank you again to our hosts Patrick and Marie Claire.

The Hamptons, Kaikoura, Review, View

The Hamptons, Kaikoura – The View from the room

Overall Rating : 10/10

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Hotel on Davenport, Hotel Review – Tauranga, New Zealand

Hotel on Davenport, Hotel Review – Tauranga, New Zealand

Hotel on Davenport was booked as our 2nd last stop in New Zealand. The area around Tauranga is wonderful and we should have spent a bit more time here and also around Mount Maunganui which is very scenic.

We arrived at Hotel on Davenport around 4pm on a Saturday. The check-in was quick and friendly and we got a free WiFi code. We were given a room in Harbour-view wing with great views.

The hotel compendium states that Hotel on Davenport is a boutique hotel with a big heart and that is true – we were only in the room 10 minutes when we got a welcome drink and some snacks which was very nice.

Hotel on Davenport - Hotel Review - Rooms

The room was very comfortable with really plush carpet and great bathroom which included bath and shower as separate installations – Always nice to see this. The bed was very comfortable and overall this was a very pleasant stay and had we more time we would certainly have extended our stay in this wonderful part of New Zealand.

I would certainly recommend Hotel on Davenport and next time we are in this part of the world we will be back.

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Products in Bathroom : Hotel on Davenport – Hotel Review

Hotel on Davenport - Hotel Review - Bathroom

Overall Rating : 9/10

Address: 72 Devonport Rd, Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand
Phone:+64 7-578 2668
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Review – La Frontiere, Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne, New Zealand

Review – La Frontiere, Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne, New Zealand

If you intend visiting Gisborne when in New Zealand then I highly recommend La Frontiere, a luxurious modern self-contained studio, set on an avocado orchard and farmland, and is about 5 mins drive to Gisborne city centre. This was one accommodation which we were very lucky to get at the last minute.

We booked the accommodation via the AirBnB mobile app, our last resort as all hotels and motels in the area were booked up on the day of our visit, due to a Maori event.

Jennifer was the most wonderful host. On arrival we got a tour of the villa which was decorated superbly and had wonderful colours and quality furnishings make this villa compete with 5 star hotels when it comes to comfort and making you feel at home.

The villa has an excellently fitted and provisioned kitchen which ideal for whipping up some dinner of your own. The bathroom is very nice with a power-shower. The villa also comes with a private spa hot tub and swimming pool.There is fast and free Wifi, radio and a wonderful smart TV also available.

La Frontiere, Gisborne, New Zealand - Luxury Accommodation

The bed is very comfortable and it’s very easy to oversleep and miss your check-out time. La Frontiere is like a home away from home.

We had a wonderful time and would certainly return. It was great to also make the acquaintance of the dogs and cats on site – it is such a relaxing place to stay. Thanks again to Jennifer for her hospitality. We look forward to returning if we are lucky enough to get back to New Zealand again.

La Frontiere, Gisborne, New Zealand - Luxury Accommodation


La Frontiere, Gisborne, New Zealand - Luxury Accommodation Pool

Overall Review : 10/10 all round

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1 Main Road , Makaraka, Gisborne, New Zealand
+64 6 8684931. +64 274412876

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