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Packing list for a self catering holiday. Older kids and dog!

If you’re anything like me, you will invariably get to where you’re going when self catering and forget something vital! I always do, and end up having to pop out for bits, so I’ve made a little list of the things I generally forget. This list is for older children and a dog!

Whether you are self catering at a beautiful beach like the one pictured, with steep cliffs leading down to a beautiful sea under blue blue skies, make sure you check my packing list to make sure you have everything!

First things first, check the website for the self catering place you are going and see what they include, bedding, towels etc. Most places have a basic kitchen and the utensils to go with it. 

I’m going to write this as if it’s a given that you’ve already packed all your clothes and toiletries for your holiday and done a food shop and just look at the other little things that often slip my mind.

In the kitchen:


  • Dishcloth/sponge
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dishwasher tabs
  • Tea towels
  • Oven glove
  • Kitchen roll
  • Loo roll
  • Hand soap
  • Kitchen spray
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Bin bags
  • Washing powder says Laura from Life After Baby Kicks


  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Condiments are Hannah’s must haves! Hi Baby Blog
  • Salad dressing
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener also suggested by Cat from Pushing the Moon.
  • Tin opener (if you have tins obv!)
  • Vegetable peeler*
  • Picnic or lunch bags
  • Foil or wrap for packing sandwiches
  • Kiddy cups for accident prone children

Plan your meals before you go, there is often only a basic pan set and so if you know you want to do a roast dinner* for example, it’s a good idea to take a couple of roasting trays and maybe an extra pan or two.


If you’re taking a dog, a long line is a good idea, so you can secure them outside and they can have freedom without them running off. Also;

  • Food bowl
  • Water bowl
  • Toys
  • Chews (to keep them busy if you go out for lunch/dinner etc
  • Towel
  • Lead
  • Food
  • Bags

Entertainment is a good idea:

For the kids;

  • Books for the kids, especially if they are used to getting a bedtime story
  • Clay or play doh
  • Colouring pens or pencils, (print out lots of colouring in sheets or buy some colouring in books)
  • Sticker packs
  • Search and find books
  • Ball
  • Bucket and spade (beach)
  • Net (beach)
  • Paper
  • Games
  • Swim wear
  • Towels
  • Goggles 
  • Devices and chargers (if they have them)
  • Blackout blinds and travel adapters says Beth at Twinderelmo

For you;

  • Books (if you get a chance)
  • Magazines (more realistic maybe!)
  • Phone charger
  • Laptop and charger
  • Notebook and pen
  • Games for evenings
  • Hairdryer and straighteners are Jenny’s good ideas. Monkey and Mouse.

Everything else;

  • Large blanket for picnics
  • Rucksack for carrying everything
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Extension lead says Leanne from A Slice of My Life Wales

(If you are looking for somewhere to stay with the children self catering, you can read my review on Bluestone Wales here.)


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