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Ultimate Summer Holiday Prep & Packing List

By,  Michelle Tredoux
By, Michelle Tredoux

A hodophile at heart - I LIVE and LOVE to travel!

Hey there fellow travelers! It’s time to get excited because your summer holiday is just around the corner! But before you start daydreaming about sandy beaches and fruity cocktails, let’s talk preparations. From choosing the perfect destination to packing your suitcase, there’s a lot to consider. But don’t worry, with a little planning and organization, you’ll be ready for the adventure of a lifetime. So put on your thinking cap, break out the sunscreen, and let’s start making those travel plans! Trust me, the anticipation is half the fun, and the memories you’ll make will be worth every bit of effort. Let’s do this!

I’m about to share my summer holiday travel tips, my tips on making your summer holiday reservations, and then the very important list of essentials to pack for a hassle-free and well-deserved joyous summer holiday!

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Summer Holiday Travel Tips

As someone who loves summer holidays, I have a few travel tips that I want to share with you:

  • Plan ahead: Summer is a popular time for travel, so it’s important to book your accommodations and transportation in advance to avoid last-minute stress and high prices.

  • Pack light: Remember that you’ll be carrying your luggage around, so pack only what you need. You don’t want to be weighed down by unnecessary items.

  • Stay hydrated: The summer heat can be intense, so make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day.

  • Protect yourself from the sun: Sunscreen is a must, but don’t forget about other sun protection, such as a hat, sunglasses, and light clothing that covers your skin.

  • Respect local customs: If you’re traveling to a foreign country, take the time to learn about their customs and culture. Respect the local people and their way of life.

  • Try new things: Summer holidays are a great opportunity to try new things, whether it’s food, activities, or experiences. Embrace the adventure and step out of your comfort zone!

  • Take breaks: It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new destination, but remember to take breaks and relax. It’s your holiday, after all!

I hope these tips help you have an amazing summer holiday full of fun, adventure, and relaxation.

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Tips on Summer Holiday Reservations

By following these tips, you can make the most out of your summer holiday and ensure that your reservations are hassle-free. Happy planning!

  • Start early: Summer is a peak travel season, so start looking for accommodation and transportation options as early as possible. This will give you more options and better rates.

  • Research your destination: Before making any reservations, do some research. Travel-and-Home does most of the research for you, like the best neighborhoods within your destination to stay in, popular attractions, and the best times to visit. 

  • Set a budget: Decide on a budget for your summer holiday and stick to it. Travel-and-Home is continuously posting deals and discounts to get the most value for your money. 

  • Compare prices: Don’t settle for the first option you find. Compare prices for different accommodation and transportation options to find the best deal. This is a tedious job and so Travel-and-Home is to the rescue again because their flight search, car rental search, and hotel search services are based on comparative prices. You get the cheapest options once the comparisons are done!
  • Read reviews: Before making any reservations, read reviews from other travelers to get an idea of the quality of the accommodation or transportation. This can help you avoid any unpleasant surprises. Travel-and-Home stays away from bad reviews, so should you!

  • Book with reputable companies: When making reservations, book with the reputable companies suggested by Travel-and-Home to ensure that your reservation is secure and that you’re not being scammed. Scamming is rife these days!

  • Consider travel insurance: Consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your trip in case of unforeseen circumstances, such as flight cancellations, medical emergencies, or lost baggage.

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what to pack for a summer holiday

Travel Tip(s)

Don’t forget to leave some space in your luggage for souvenirs and gifts! Remember to check the weather forecast for your destination and adjust your packing accordingly.

 Here’s my go-to-list of essential items to pack for a summer holiday:


  • Lightweight and breathable tops
  • Shorts and/or skirts
  • Swimwear
  • Sundresses or summer dresses
  • Light jacket or sweater (for cooler evenings)
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
  • Flip flops or water shoes (for the beach or pool)
  • Hat or cap (to protect your face from the sun)


  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • After-sun lotion or aloe vera gel
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
  • Personal medications (including painkillers & first aid)
  • Feminine hygiene products (if applicable)

Travel Essentials

  • Travel money/bank cards
  • Passport/Visa/ residence card
  • Identification
  • Boarding passes
  • Hotel & transport reservations
  • Travel insurance
  • Emergency contacts
  • Camera or GoPro (to capture your memories) & charger
  • Club membership card (for member discounts in the resort)
  • Fully charged mobile phone, charger & portable battery pack
  • If driving: Driving license/GPS navigation device/directions
  • Snacks and water (for the journey)

Other Stuff

  • Beach towel
  • Beach bag or tote
  • Sunglasses
  • Books and magazines, or e-reader
  • Portable speaker
  • Portable fan or mini air conditioner (if traveling to a hot destination)
  • Ear plugs
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