Holiday packing list: the best tips

Written by: Hannes Wagner, 27.07.2021

Summer, sun, beach and vacation!
The last exams are over, the hotel is already booked and you are ready to relax. There is nothing else standing in the way of your adventure, but now you are standing in front of your empty suitcase and are asking yourself: What am I even going to pack for a week’s vacation? How much clothes do I need? Is 10 underpants enough or should I take two extra with me?

Packing your suitcase can be a stressful and nerve-wracking experience and no matter how long you think about it, when you’re done you always feel like you’ve forgotten something!

Regardless of whether it is a short vacation with the family, a beach vacation with your partner or a whole week in a vacation rental with your best friends, we have the best summer holiday packing list for your vacation so that you won’t forget anything important!

Do you also take your dog with you on vacation? Great, here you will find the best tips for a relaxing holiday with your dog!

Must haves

You should always have these things with you, regardless of travel destination and length of travel!
STUWO tip: Make a copy of important travel documents and send them to yourself via email just in case something gets lost or stolen!

  • Passport
  • ATM card / credit card
  • eCard/ health insurance card
  • Vaccination certificate
  • Booking confirmation
  • (flight / train / bus) Tickets
  • If necessary, Visa
  • If necessary, foreign currency
  • If necessary, driver’s license

Cosmetics and toiletries

For cosmetics and toiletries e have only created a checklist for the very basics, as everyone has their own routine in the bathroom. Whether makeup bag, beard oil or face masks – you know best what is indispensable for you and your skin!
When traveling by plane, please note that liquids in hand luggage may only be carried in small quantities!

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Comb / Brush
  • Shower supplies (Shampoo, Conditioner, Showergel)
  • Razor
  • Sunscreen
  • After Sun
  • Make up
  • Towels
  • Period products


An important part of every packing list that is unfortunately being forgotten far too often! Headache, diarrhea, or sore feet. We recommend that you take precautionary measures so that small aches and pains do not turn into an absolute mood killer. Are you going on a party holiday in Ibiza? Pack aspirin. Are you going hiking and just bought new hiking boots? Don’t forget your waterproof plaster!

  • Personal medication
  • Contraceptives
  • Plasters (waterproof wound and blister plasters)
  • Headache pills
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Potentially some FFP2 masks
  • Disinfectants


Light clothing is highly recommended on summer vacation. In hot regions, however, it can also be an advantage to cover your arms and legs to prevent sunburn. Another important factor is to stick to the dress code of your summer vacation destination or your resort.

  • Bathing shoes / flip flops
  • Swimsuit / Bikini / Swim shorts
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Light clothing (shorts / dresses / skirts)
  • Sweater or jacket for cold nights
  • Going out – outfit
  • Nice shoes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Activewear


On vacation you probably only spend little time online, a camera to capture beautiful moments, the cell phone for emergencies and important calls with mom and an e-reader for all bookworms are an absolute must anyways!

  • Cell phone + charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera + battery + charger
  • E-reader
  • Adapter

Swimming things

If you are going to spend your summer vacation by the sea, you must of course also think of the beach necessities! But don’t worry, you can probably buy everything from beach towels to parasols on site too. Anyways, swimwear is also important when relaxing in a holiday apartment. Especially when the next lake is practically on the doorstep, as in the STUWO holiday apartment in Villach!

  • Beach towel
  • Beach mat
  • Parasol
  • Swim bag
  • Bathing shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Diving goggles (+ fins + snorkel)


Do you think you’ve already packed everything you will need on your vacation? Here we have listed a few more things that could be of use to you on vacation!

  • A small backpack (for trips)
  • Address list for postcards
  • Games
  • Books
  • Travel diary
  • Earplugs (for quiet evenings)

We hope we were able to help you pack your bags with this packing guide for your summer vacation and could take away some of your planning stress.
STUWO wishes you a good trip and a relaxing vacation!

Pssst! Here you can find low budget travel tips for students !