Knowing what to pack for a weekend away makes the whole affair a thousand times easier. Whether it’s a spontaneous last minute trip or one that’s been in the works for a while – when it comes to packing, there’s always that chance you might forget something. With clothes, undies and footwear sorted, it’s time to think about the rest of your travel packing checklist.

What To Pack For A Quick Trip

Packing For A Short Trip Away

Whether you’re taking to the motorway to enjoy a UK holiday, or going a little further afield – like many things, packing for a weekend away is easy when you know what you’re doing. Fill up the car or pack up your suitcase with everything you’ll need for your quick trip, from toiletries to self-catering essentials.

Toiletries and Essentials

List of Toiletries

Wondering what toiletries to pack for your weekend away? From essentials to nice-to-haves, pick and choose everything you need from the list below.

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Make up wipes
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Moisturiser
  • Shower gel/soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet roll

Top Tip: Pack up your toiletries in a sealed bag so they don’t explode. To create more space, transfer them into smaller tubs to give yourself less to carry around with you.

Self-Catering Essentials

Self Catering Essentials

Most self-catering holiday homes are equipped with the basics from cutlery to glasses and towels – but when packing for a holiday, anything that can make cooking in your home-away-from-home as stress-free as possible is always a good shout.

  • Washing up liquid
  • Sponge
  • Disposable BBQ
  • Kitchen roll
  • Dishwasher tablets (if required)

Top Tip: Before you settle down, make sure you do the overall checks of the holiday home. Is everything working correctly? Do you have everything you should? Take a few snaps so you’re not held accountable for anything when you leave.


Holiday Food Ideas

And of course, the food. Is a holiday even a holiday without your favourites?

  • Loaf of bread
  • Filling for sandwiches
  • Tea bags
  • Cordial
  • Cereal
  • Fruit
  • Deliciously easy meals
  • Snacks – e.g. crisps, chocolate
  • Milk

Save money on eating out for your trip away. Pack up a summer picnic filled with sandwiches, fruit, snacks and crisps – but don’t forget to take the cooler! Or for something a little different, try out some of our quick and easy recipes to feed the family whilst you’re away.

Top Tip: don’t forget your furry friends’ food, either. Make sure they’re cosy in their dog bed, you’ve packed up the lead and you’ve remembered all their favourite doggy treats.


Don’t let packing for a short trip become stressful – with our travel packing checklist, make packing for your next holiday as easy as possible. Avoid travelling with all your food shopping – instead, find your local convenience store to buy all your essentials today.