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How to Travel with JUST hand luggage with toddlers

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There's two types of packer! The one who packs for every eventuality, outfits laid out for every day of a holiday and finds the 22kg per person is simply not enough!! Then, there are others who can get away with a few bits and pieces and make it last two weeks - all in hand luggage!

The trick is to know what you need, what you can buy abroad and what really doesn’t matter. This probably works best if you’re in a villa or apartment, where you have easy access to a washing machine. If you’re hotel based, see if there’s a washing service on site or consider taking just one suitcase and packing extras in hand luggage. Here’s our top tips: 


Grown Ups

  • 2 – 3 pairs of shoes max! Sandshoes on. Flip flops for day and great for evening and if you must one other.
  • 3 x swimwear – ideally of a type you can mix and match
  • Day clothes – 4 x shorts, 4 x tops, wrap, 2 x day dresses – something to throw over your cozzy, when going to lunch – think about mixing and matching as much as possible
  • Evening wear – 2 x dresses, 2 x bottoms, 4 x tops
  • 3 x pair trainer socks
  • Makeup – essentials only – concealer/foundation/blush or bronzer, small 3 x palette eyes, 3 x lip sticks, mascara.
  • Travel size – shampoo/conditioner/bodywash
  • Moisturizer
  • Toothbrush
  • Comb
  • Straighteners
  • Hair bobbles
  • Small amount of jewellery – 2 x bangles, 2 x earrings
  • Towel
  • First aid kit – few plasters/Germaline/mozzy spray/paracetamol/Calpol
  • Ariel washing tabs x 6
  • Tea bags x 20
  • Kindle/iPad

Toddlers (you should be able to fit two kids’ gear per hand luggage suitcase)

  • 6 x pairs of shorts
  • 10 x tops
  • Pair of Crocs
  • 3 x swimmers
  • 5 x pants
  • 2 x socks
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Small supply of nappies and swimming nappies
  • Something to help keep them amused e.g. toys/iPad/DVDs

Buy at The Airport

  • Sun tan lotion and aftersun and toothpaste

Buy when you’re there

  • Nappies, food, body wash and shampoo

Travel in long trousers, with a jumper. Use these again to travel home in, when doubtless it will be significantly chillier than you’ll have become accustomed to!

It means you have to wash while you’re away…but it’s dry in 30 minutes and you don’t go home with a ton of washing!

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