The Ultimate Holiday Suitcase

Summer is upon us and Facebook tells me that the world and their wife are off on their jollies. Whether they’re jetting off to sunnier climes or off exploring in the mountains, summer is without a doubt the time to get away with the kids off school for six long weeks.

I love going on holiday but one thing I don’t love is packing, especially with three kids. I don’t think you realise how much “stuff” kids really need. I remember us taking the girls away for a week when they were two months old and the amount of stuff we crammed into the car was something a tetris champion would be proud of. Flying is even more of a logistical nightmare. With four-year old twin daughters who are exceedingly “spirited,” trying to tell them they can’t take 14 bags filled with remotes, bottle lids, scraps of paper and random bits of string with them is a somewhat daunting prospect. Add in the dilemma of liquid restrictions with formula feeding infants and hungry toddlers wanting snacks every five minutes, the relaxation of being beach side soon fades into a chaotic stress-fest before you’ve even left the ground. P&O Ferries are helping reduce the stress this summer with their joyful way to travel meaning the journey there doesn’t have to be the part we as parents dread. You have the freedom of packing what you want without worrying about getting fined for going over with a crammed case. Imagine being able to pack freely – sounds pure bliss!

P&O Ferries asked us what would be in our ultimate holiday suitcase so I asked the kids. Their faces lit up at the prospect of zero restrictions and things they know would get a big no-no, if they decided to pop them in the coveted (not to mention limited on weight) family suitcase. I asked Charlie first and let me tell you, Charlie is such a book-worm. A ten minute car journey to the supermarket, you can be certain he will grab a book and sit with his nose in it for the duration. He reads at lightning pace so each trip to the library, you know he is going to max out the 10 book limit. Charlie’s ultimate suitcase would look like this:


On top of the stack of books, he chose his tablet and headphones; minecraft won’t play itself now would it! I know there’s been some talk of issues with tablets and iPads on flights, so you know that on a ferry you won’t have any of these worries. He also loves his Star Wars light sabers which he and his Dad love to wind me up having mini fights. In his ultimate suitcase, size and dimension restrictions don’t matter so he would be able to take it on board. He is also a big fan of the board game and is forever asking to play Monopoly so what better time than a family holiday. As it’s so bulky it’s usually banished to the top of his wardrobe but it’d get an airing I’m sure. What ultimate suitcase isn’t complete without an Iron Man mask and his beloved cactus known as Steve! I’m sure Steve would take pride of place on a hotel windowsill in the South of France.

I then decided to as the girls what they would take and more predictably they chose teddies. Oodles and oodles of teddies. Usually I only limit them to one when travelling, but a trip using a P&O ferry would mean a few extra stuffed toys wouldn’t eat up on the precious baggage allowance you’re restricted to with an aeroplane.

All this talk, led me onto thinking about own my ultimate suitcase. It’s a known fact that my husband would happily tell you all that I do not travel light. A one night stay can warrant at least three pairs of shoes so can you imagine what I would take for a fortnight away? I know my suitcase would be packed for a trip to the sun. I absolutely love a good beach holiday so that’s where I would be packing for. As you may have guessed, shoes would be the first thing in the case – hundreds of them. From flip flops, to cute ballet pumps to skyscraper heels I would be chucking them all in to my hearts content. Some fun in the sun calls for a refreshing gin and tonic. I am a bit of a gin snob so I would be packing my own and would be able to take it in my handbag for the first drink of the holiday (probably as soon as the boat departs!) There would be the iPad in there so I didn’t have to miss out on updating my Instagram with the obligatory shots of wine glasses set against bright blue skies and the sea, not to mention checking in as we arrived – bragbook indeed! Charlie inherits his traditional ways from me and I’d be taking a good book to read next to the pool, where I’d be rocking numerous pairs of OTT sunglasses. I would also take our own pillows as there’s nothing like sleeping with a pillow from home for the ultimate comfort. As a bit of a Disney-a-holic, Minnie ears are classed as an essential as you never know when you may need them.

Now finally, would I be allowed to throw Tom Hardy in the case as an essential..? I think he definitely qualifies as that and I’m sure he’d have his own passport.

No matter what the purpose of your trip, travelling on a P&O ferry makes life simpler than I could ever imagine. As a parent of three kids that my friends is music to my ears. P&O ferries are making it simpler for all travellers to get away via their ferries. Put all the long airport security queues and motorway traffic jams behind you and try P&O Ferries this summer. Just don’t forget the “essentials” whatever they may be for you all.

B x

Disclosure – this is a sponsored post written in collaboration with P&O Ferries

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  1. 14th August 2017 / 8:22 am

    Airport ques…taboo with my boy 😂 I’m
    Sure Freddie would pack tractors galore if he was traveling with P&O x

  2. 14th August 2017 / 8:24 am

    I always forget about ferries when we look into holidays, but it makes so much sense. You can take your own car and ALL the luggage that you want! Though a cruise would be my dream break!

    Stevie x

  3. Margaret gallagher
    14th August 2017 / 10:22 pm

    You pack like me ! Everything but the kitchen sink!
    Takes me days and days
    Ferries are GREAT for Ireland but otherwise they take too long to get to my destination

  4. Sidrah Ahmed
    15th August 2017 / 12:52 am

    I always write down a checklist of essentials i need to take

  5. Ashleigh Allan
    15th August 2017 / 7:10 am

    Great post. I always have a list that I use so that hopefully I don’t forget anything important

  6. Rachel
    15th August 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Packing a suitcase is a learned / acquired skill. As it is so easy to try to take too much, weather not always reliable etc. So feel the need for a variety of outfits, books, games, toys to keep the family occupied. Toiletries and first aid items, as will the shops there have what we like and may need. Endless possibilities.

  7. 20th August 2017 / 6:59 pm

    Great lists! We found it hard with baggage restrictions, more books and soft toys would definitely be important to the boys too. More shoes perhaps for me?!

  8. 22nd August 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Ha ha! This made me chortle. I love that the girls would take teddies galore (I’m sure Little Miss H would do the same) and that Charlie would pack his light sabers. I adore your ultimate packing list. That dress is beautiful. And I’m sure you can wear Minnie ears when dining at the Captain’s table?! Hugs Lucy xxxx

  9. Amy
    25th August 2017 / 6:33 pm

    Great post! Didn’t know anything about this, might have to get and have a look at P&O for my next holiday as this sounds heavenly!