A self catering holiday abroad or in the UK offers for us flexibility and freedom that many other types of holidays don’t. Personally we love self catering holidays; it means no morning rush to get to breakfast, no waiting until the hotel restaurant has opened for meal times. We also don’t have to worry about finding meals for Little K, as we can cook what we want, when we want. That doesn’t mean though that we always cook. We still go out and have meals out and about.
Depending if you have booked via a tour company, then you may get the chance to book bed linen, towels, and child friendly items before you go. We would always recommend checking with them direct to see what they have before you take things with you that you don’t need. There may also be a chance to order a welcome hamper with some basics to get you through the night before you go to the shop.
Read what to take on a self catering holiday and our self catering holiday essentials below. You can also download our packing list for a self catering holiday too for a helpful packing list.
What To Take On A Self Catering Holiday
- Washing up Liquid
- Washing Powder (if you intend to do some washing)
- Tea Towels
- Kitchen Roll
- Scrub Brush
- Tin Foil/Sandwich Bags
- Bin Bags
- Cleaning Products (multi surface cleaner and/or anti bacterial wipes)
- Toilet Roll
- Foldable Laundry Basket
Food For Self Catering Holidays
- Microwavable Rice
- Packet Sauces
- Tea Bags (or coffee if you prefer)
- Snacks (crisps, sweets, raisins, cakes etc)
- Salt, Pepper, Herbs etc
- Dairy free butter
- Coconut milk (for Little K)
- Portable Baby Gate
- Gro Clock (or Mr Sun as we call him)
- Sterilizing Liquid or tablets
- Bottles, Formula etc
- Pram and/or Carrier
- Tot Seat for using as a highchair
- Toilet Seat
- Fave Teddies
See our dog kit list for more details
- Pillows (if you love your own then it is probably wise to take it)
- Towels (check with accommodation provider first, although we like taking our own too)
- Bed Sheets (depending what company you are using, you can order sheets in advance)
- Boots, waterproofs (time of year and location dependent)
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Tips for self catering holidays abroad
If going on a self catering abroad or in the UK we always take a few stack-able boxes with food and essentials in them. This means we can use the boxes in the accommodation (especially if it is lacking space or storage).
Some of the items we take, we only take enough for a few days and top up when needed at a local shop. However, we try take as much for Little K as we can as sometimes it can be difficult to find food that is suitable for him.
We would also recommend checking with your accommodation for any useful items they may supply. We have found some self catering accommodations to be more child friendly than others. Its always handy when places supply things like steps, books, DVDs, night lights etc. Saves bringing the whole house with you, and you can plan which things to take on holiday with you.
Essentials To Take On Holiday
Do you love self catering holidays abroad? Is there any self catering essentials? Let us know in the comments below.