Packing a suitcase for your coach trip can seem like a lot of effort, but it really doesn’t have to be! We've created an easy to digest infographic to ensure you don't forget any of the essentials, relieving the fear of forgetting items, meaning you can focus on having a great holiday. Below that is a more detailed list to ensure you really haven't forgotten anything and there's also advice on what you don't need to pack!
Toiletries – the bare essentials you need to pack are simply soap/shampoo, deodorant and the hair product you use to style your hair.
To save space, stores such as Boots or Superdrug sell miniature cans of deodorant and shampoo and conditioner, so it's worth grabbing some for your toiletries bag.
Gents, if you like a cleanly shaven face, don’t forget a razor, but make sure it’s packed away safely. Do not travel with a full blade as if you’re flying it will probably be confiscated!
Clothing – this will vary depending on the type of trip, the destination, the time of year and your style!
Obviousy, you’ll need an outfit for each day of your holiday. Outfit layering can really help you save space in your suitcase. Pairing a jacket or cardigan that can be worn with multiple outfits is the ultimate space saver and you’ll look great at the same time!
Don’t forget to pack plenty of underwear and socks!
If you’re heading off on a rambling holiday, you’ll need good, sturdy walking boots or at least a supportive pair of trainers.
If you’re heading out on a coach holiday in the UK, you should know by now you can’t rely on the great British weather, so a waterproof is a must have. You can buy ones that fold neatly into a little bag so aren’t a hassle to take with you.
Medication – if you have to take regular medication, make sure you pack enough for the whole time you’re away. If you have asthma or severe allergies, pack your inhaler or epi pen. If you’re prone to headaches, it’s always useful to have a pack of paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin with you.
Should you be heading abroad or on a river cruise, insect repellent is very handy too!
Electronics – if you have a mobile phone, tablet or e-reader, don’t forget to pack the charger. There’s nothing worse than wanting to get lost in that great e-book and the low battery beep warns you of the devices imminent loss of power. Your coach journey may be a few hours long so having a device to keep you busy is a nice distraction when you’re not taking in the scenery.
Money – if you’re staying in the UK, carry whatever you normally would in your purse or wallet, however, when travelling abroad, you should try to take a mix of cash, traveller’s cheques and card.
Never keep all of your payment methods in one wallet or bag, as if it’s lost or stolen, you will have no back-up funds.
Passport & visa – these are only required if travelling outside of the UK, but are a must have. You won’t get very far without them. Pack them in your hand luggage so they’re easy to find when you need it.
Insurance Policy – we insist that every Grand UK Holiday guest has their own insurance to keep everyone protected should anything happen. Your safety and security is paramount to us! Bring your insurance details with you just in case.
Camera – in our opinion a camera is an essential. We wouldn’t recommend a large SLR, but there are lightweight, compact digital cameras now that take great quality pictures.
They can easily slot into your handbag, easy to use and give you ever lasting memories.
Failing that, if you have a smart phone, it is sure to have a camera on it. Live in the moment, but take as many snaps as you can to continue reliving it when you’ve returned home.
Glasses – no matter what time of year, the sun may make an appearance, so having sunglasses is useful. If you plan on reading a book or your Kindle, remember to pop your prescription reading glasses in your hand luggage.
Snacks & drinks – on a long journey, you’ll need a bottle of water to stay hydrated & it doesn’t hurt to have a couple of little things to eat. As nice as it would be, don’t pack a picnic to feed the whole coach.
A hat, lip balm (air conditioning on coaches & planes dry out your lips), tissues, anti-bacterial gel and tea bags because you can’t beat a good cuppa!
If you enjoy doing quiz books with wordsearches, crossword puzzles or Sudoku, buy yourself a book with these in. They keep your brain challenged whilst on the coach tour!
Things you don’t need to pack
Jewellery – it’s something valuable you can lose, unless you’re wearing on yourself constantly (wedding ring etc)
Although you may be tempted to take all of the below, most are provided by hotels, so it gives you much more room in your suitcase for things you really need.
Are there any packing essentials we’ve missed? Let us know your tips and advice about packing for a coach holiday in our comments section or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.