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Your essential self catering holiday packing list

Don’t forget the corkscrew!

Take a peep at our self catering holiday packing list to help with your next family holiday.  We’ve listed out some of life’s little essentials and some nice to haves that make catering for your family easier on holiday.  We’ll leave the toiletries and clothing suggestions down to you!  And do please let us know if we should add anything else.

Cleaning products.

When you’re on a self catering holiday, unfortunately, you still have to clean up after yourselves, but taking your own means not having to buy excessive amounts when you get there

  • 2 x dishcloths
  • 1 x scourer
  • 2 x tea towels
  • Bin bags
  • Small bottle of washing up liquid
  • Dishwasher tablets (1 a day, plus a few)
  • Clothes Washing tablets (we prefer not to be doing the washing on holiday, but with kids, there’s a good chance of some spillage)
  • 2 x toilet rolls

For your food:

And the food wrap of choice is….. Tin foil!  You can cook with it, use it to cover baking trays to save on washing up, wrap left overs in it, cook onions on the bbq in it and wrap your sarnies it in for the beach.  I’ve even tried blacking out windows in the kids room with it! (The latter is not necessarily the best idea I’ve ever had!)

  • Tin Foil
  • Sealable sandwich bags
  • Small vegetable knife (have you ever known a self catering place to have sharp knives?!)
  • Corkscrew


Kitchen Cupboard Basics

Make sure you have everything you need for a cuppa on arrival!  And a few basic kitchen cupboard ingredients that make a difference when you’re cooking on holiday

  • Teabags
  • Instant coffee (sachets or small jar)
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • UHT milk (for that first cuppa when you get there)
  • Mixed herbs
  • A couple of stock cubes
  • Tomato sauce
  • Small bottle of oil
  • Cooking packet mixes (optional extra!)


First aid kit for your holiday:

Small kit containing

  • Sterile wipes
  • Dressings/with and without bandage
  • small scissors
  • Plasters
  • safety pins
  • micropore tape
  • antiseptic cream
  • bite cream


Only if you have space:

  • 1 x kitchen roll
  • Pasta and/or Rice
  • Baked beans
  • Tinned Sweetcorn
  • Tinned Peas


What’s on your self catering holiday packing list?

We’re happy to add your suggestions to our packing list.  Leave us a comment below and tell us what essentials you always take on your family self catering holiday.


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