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Travel Tips – What toiletries to pack!

This isn’t going to be the most interesting list I have ever written, but every year I write a similar list about what toiletries/medicine/creams/potions etc that I need to remember to take on holiday, so this year I thought I’d write it down here and then share it in case it’s useful to others.

I mean it isn’t like you can’t buy basic toiletries when you go away but I usually take it all as I don’t want to spend my time on holiday shopping for things other than wine, bread and cheese! Also we have tried in the past to buy things like antihistamine on holiday and with limited French ended up with ones that made my husband sleep for hours on end!

So what are we taking:

1 Sun Cream and After Sun

We are trying a few different sun creams this year. For the kids I really like the ones you can spray on them as in the past I’ve found the really thick creamy ones difficult to apply. We are trying a coloured sun spray from Aldi and organic children sun lotion by Green People for them.

I will be using P20 which is a family favourite as I like not having to re-apply all the time, and we are also trying out an Aldi one.


2 Mosquito Repellent

Last year in Lefkas we got bitten one night particularly: we had gone out early for a BBQ and forgotten to put repellent on. I won’t be making that mistake again. The kids didn’t get bitten at all and I have a suspicion it’s because they eat a lot of marmite! Something to do with the B12 I believe. So we will be taking marmite(!?) but also Incognito spray and roll-on repellent and trying a Mosquitan patch!

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3 Savlon Wipes and Savlon Antispetic cream

4 Anthisan for any bites.

5 Plasters – Peppa Pig and Grown up ones
6 Paracetamol and Calpol, Ibuprofen and Nurofen
7 Piriton and Clarityn in case of any allergies.

8 Dioralyte, Immodium and Enterosgel (a detoxifying agent suitable for children too).

9 Kwells and Travel Bands and Gin Gins (you suck on these ginger sweets if you’re feeling unwell).
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  • 10 Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • 11 Shampoo, conditioner and de-tangling spray (essential for after the pool)
  • 12 Wipes, baby wipes, toilet wipes, travel packs of baby wipes. I don’t think you ever grow out of needing these when you have kids.
  • 13 Waterproof mascara
  • 14 Zovirax
  • 15 Razors and shaving foam (for me)
  • 16 Face wash
  • 17 Volterol in case hubby’s back plays up
  • 18 Hairbrushes and bobbles
  • 19 Talcum Powder (it gets sand off your feet when you have been to the beach – try it!)
  • 20 Travel packets of tissues – like baby wipes we always need them to hand!
I ordered most of this online.  I decided that this year would not be the year I left shopping until the last minute and did a run round the supermarket trying to buy all the toiletries, or even worse trying to buy them at the airport and having to carry them (and 3 kids) onto the plane. So this year I got lots of my toiletries from Chemist Direct and from other online providers. This has saved me so much stress I can’t believe I haven’t done it before.  It was cheaper, very easy to use and it was delivered within two days of ordering. Fantastic.

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  1. May 25, 2015 at 10:36 am — Reply

    Haha! I got REALLY excited when I saw the gin-gins!! Sounds like my dream sweet!!! Then realised it wasn’t a gin infused treat, but a travel sickness aid!!! Darn it. Great list though, in all seriousness!

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  2. May 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    Karen I got mine form chemist direct too, its fab isn’t it. Its great to be organised and have all your products ready to go just in case of a last minute break x
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  3. May 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    Great list, I always forget at least 5 of these things and end up forking out for it abroad, will defo come back to this next time we are going away x
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  4. May 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    A holiday IS NOT the same unless you have done your toiletries list and shopping. I for one love this, I love packing! oh now I want to go on holiday. xx
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  5. May 29, 2015 at 1:18 am — Reply

    I maybe sad but I think that the toiletries shop before a holiday is part of the fun of getting ready for your hollibobs! I love it. I would definitely agree with all of these. But I also always pack a big bottle of aloe Vera and calomine lotion. Both of which are brilliant on sun burn, mosquito bites and heat rash. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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  6. barjerow
    May 29, 2015 at 10:34 am — Reply

    How about ‘unbungers’, we have Dulcolax.

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