What not to pack: 5 things you really shouldn’t take on holiday

When it comes to vacations you naturally want to be prepared for all, there is however a fine balance that you need to make between taking all of your luxuries, and ensuring that you bag is sensibly filled according to any weight restrictions your airline has. Holiday packing can be tough but it is important to consider the things that you are actually going to need rather than thinking that you need to take your whole closet with you. When it comes to items that you simply shouldn’t take on holiday, here are our top 5 things that you need to leave at home.

Favorite Foods

Taking a few teabags or a sachet or two of your favorite coffee isn’t a crime but anymore than that is just borderline crazy. OK, the country that you’re heading too may not have your favorite chocolate bar or bag of chips but you need to remember that going on holiday is all about the experience, it’s about trying new things and immersing yourself in a new culture, we’re sure you can do without those home comforts for a week or two.


When it comes to taking towels away with you, it can present quite a dilemma, all hotels will provide you with towels for drying up after your shower but the real problem comes when you need to think about beach towels. We recently stayed at one of the beautiful Punta Cana resorts in the Dominican who provided beach towels for us but that is a rarity. Getting sand on the hotel towels may be something you want to avoid but usually you can pick up cheap beach towels at your location or even take a microfiber towel along with you to keep plenty of space in your luggage.

The Library

When it comes to holiday reading you really don’t need to take any more than one book with you, once finished you can easily swap with another holiday-maker or most hotels have a place where people have left their books from past vacations. Taking any more than one book is just giving you extra weight to lug around that you simply don’t need.


You need to think smart when it comes to toiletries that you will be taking away, a 500ml bottle of shampoo, conditioner or shower gel simply isn’t necessary for a one or two week trip abroad. The best idea when it comes to toiletries is to decant them into smaller sized bottles, this way you won’t need to fill up your bath bag with cumbersome bottles and you will have less weight on the journey home.

Smart Shirts

Unless you are heading to a 5 star hotel with ironing services, taking a smart shirt away simply isn’t worth the hassle, it is near impossible to keep it looking pristine and straight. Consider instead taking a part polo shirt or even a shirt that has that crippled design that you can roll up neatly in your suitcase without worrying about getting it creased.