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Travel Essentials and Accessories

With every preparation in the world, there’s always something you forget to bring on your holiday. We’ve compiled a general list of essentials to help you whilst packing.

Whether you choose to pack weeks in advance, or hours before, a list can ensure you get everything you need in that suitcase.

If you do forget anything, don’t worry as Gatwick airport’s North and South terminals, and departure lounges have a huge variety of high street shops including Boots, WHSmith and Accessorise, both before you go through security and after. You can pick up those last minute forgotten essentials or extra treat to get you in the holiday mode.

Essential Documents

  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • Money / Travellers cheques
  • Credit Cards
  • ID
  • Driving Licence
  • Health Card
  • Insurance Documents
  • Itinerary
  • Photocopies of all documents

Electronic Essentials

  • Mobile Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • Camera
  • Camera Charger
  • Camcorder
  • SD / Memory Cards
  • Travel Adapters
  • Padlock / Luggage Locks
  • Luggage Tags
  • Emergency Battery charger
  • MP3 / iPod Player
  • Headphones
  • Travel Iron
  • Ipad / Mini Laptop
  • Kindle / Book Reader
  • Reading Light

Flight Essentials

  • Travel Pillow
  • Ear Plugs
  • Eye Mask
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Travel Games
  • Travel Socks
  • Snacks

Personal Essentials

  • Medication
  • Anti-histamines
  • Insect Repellent
  • Bite Sting Cream
  • Condoms
  • Sunscreen / Sunblock
  • Aftersun
  • Glasses / Sunglasses
  • Glasses Cases
  • Contact Lenses / Fluid
  • Contraception
  • First aid kid
  • Headache Tablets
  • Indigestion Tablets
  • Diarrhoea Tablets
  • Antiseptic Cream
  • Waterproof Plasters
  • Lip Balm / Tiger Balm / Vaseline
  • Hand Sanitizer


  • Washbag
  • Moisturiser
  • Antiperspirant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Products
  • Soap / Wash
  • Shaver / Razor
  • Perfume / Aftershave
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Make-up
  • Ear Buds
  • Baby Wipes
  • Tampons
  • Tissues

Other Essentials / Gadgets

  • Playing Cards
  • Phase Books
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Waterproof camera case
  • Guide Books
  • Diary / Notebook
  • Ipod / Mp3 Speaker

Phones Apps:

Check out holiday apps available for your iPhone and Android phones, including instagram for quick uploading of pictures, XE converter to work out if you really can afford that holiday bargain Hostel Bookers, for that unexpected overnight stay and Skyscanner for cheap flights. Also, check with your bank, whether they have mobile banking, allowing you to check up to date balances and transfer those extra pennies.

Tips to help your holiday preparation:

Travel Tips

Holiday Parking

Parking at the airport is quick and easy, but did you know it is cost effective and safe too.  The earlier you book, the better value for money. Let us here at Ace Parking take the hassle away from travelling to and from the airport terminal with our meet & greet Gatwick parking, safe in the knowledge that your car is in great hands while you are away – get an instant meet and greet parking quote here; you might be surpirsed at the low cost and value for money!


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Try local Post Offices, Marks and Spencers and branches of First Choice and Thomas Cook.

Suitcases and weights

Checking weight limits for you airline, saves time and hassle when checking in, most airlines have their own rules and requirements and are often very stringent.
Be sure to take a quick photo of your luggage before checking in, this will help speed the paperwork process up, if it were to get lost.

Wear something with preferably deep pockets on the plane—it’ll prevent you from having to dig through your bag for your phone, wallet, and boarding pass every five minutes.


Check with your holiday provider whether there is transfer options within your package, otherwise public transport can often be a cheaper option than full fared taxis.
It’s a great idea to carry a power bank with you. The power saver always keeps you in confidence, knowing that you have a fully charged device throughout the journey.

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