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Holiday essentials – what to pack

In the days before children, packing to go on holiday was a fairly simple task. Some clothes, a camera, passport and some money. Not forgetting the sun cream. Since the arrival of my little ray of sunshine, taking a sunshine break has become an altogether more complex affair.

We’re pretty good at packing and travelling as light as we can, but trying to part the small boy from every toy, game, book, puzzle and cuddly toy he owns, even on a temporary basis is something of a nightmare.

I always try and remember, but often forget, that wherever we go there will be shops to buy anything we forget that we can’t live without. I can buy toothpaste and clean pants almost anywhere in the world. Most places have a washing machine or launderette within easy reach, so it’s hardly any bother to pack less and do a few loads of laundry while we’re away.

To make life a bit easier we have a standard packing list on our computer, the things you always need to take, passport, money, clothes, hairbrush etc. We print it off and check things off the list as we’re packing. It really does make life easier and helps to ensure you don’t forget any holiday essentials. 

Storebox have very helpfully put together this Travelling Checklist of holiday essentials. I love the idea of taking some cable ties with you, it seems such a sensible but lightweight thing to take on holiday or if you’re travelling. Portable chargers are also a must, especially in this day an age.

Whether you’re planning a camping holiday in Cornwall, backpacking in Bolivia or going on a beach holiday in Benidorm, it pays to be prepared and to pack for all eventualities. 

What’s on your holiday essentials list? 

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= In collaboration with Storebox =

Packing for Pembrokeshire

Next week is the Husbear’s birthday, he will be that big number which everyone dreads. As a birthday treat we’re escaping to Bluestone in Pembrokeshire for four nights of rest, relaxation and fresh air. We’re taking the small boy of course, and there’s nothing he likes more than the beach, so Pembrokeshire seems the perfect spot for us all.

We’ve never been to Pembrokeshire before so it’ll be an adventure for us all. I like to do my research before I go anywhere new, find out where the shops are, a few nice places to eat, where the good beaches are and what attractions there are for kids nearby.

I like to have a few ideas of what we’ll do before we actually get there, I find it really helps to take the pressure off. We don’t have a strict itinerary, but it’s helpful to have some fluid plans for both wet and dry (and hopefully sunny) days while we’re in Pembrokeshire. Naturally my first stop was the Visit Wales website which is a pretty solid place to start your information gathering mission if you’re visiting Wales.


Having never visited the area before we were keen to get to grips with what we’ll find when we get there. I was blown away by the pictures of the beaches which looked beautifully sandy, sunny and gorgeous, not to mention perfect for kids. A quick scroll through the kinds of activities available locally shows lots of great outdoor activity suggestions, with a few great wet weather options too.

I think if the sun is shining, or even if it’s not, we’ll make the most of the local beaches and countryside. We holidayed in Devon in February and still spent lots of time wrapped up against the weather, exploring the beaches, so it can’t possibly be any colder or wetter than that!

As well as our car full of “everything you ever need and most of the things you don’t” that we normally take on holiday, we always pack a day bag with a few essentials in it, we can always leave what we don’t need in the car to save us carrying it about. So here’s what will be in our Berghaus bag of Pembrokeshire essentials –

  • Sun cream (we are ever hopeful)
  • Walking boots
  • Swimming gear
  • Bucket and spade
  • A camera
  • A few good books
  • A flask of coffee
  • A pac-a-mac (you never know)
  • A proper map (I don’t trust sat navs)

We can’t wait for our little holiday, I’m really looking forward to exploring a part of the country we’ve never visited and I’m really excited to be spending some lovely quality time with my boys. I’ll be reporting back (naturally) on how we get on in Wales and what we get up to, so watch this space!

PS. If you have any top tips for what we cannot miss in Bluestone, Pembrokeshire they would be very much appreciated!

Note: We were sent a brilliant Berghaus rucksack of goodies by Visit Wales as a thank you for writing this post. All images and opinions are my own.