The ultimate list of things to pack for a self catering holiday in Wales

Packing for holiday

Are you going on a self catering holiday to Wales and unsure what to pack? Take a look at our self catering things to pack list for some great hints, tips and ideas.

Self catering holidays are great. You have freedom to do your own thing and are not tied to meal times or hunting around for places to eat. However, trying to remember everything to take can be daunting. Take a look at our suggestions below for what to pack! If unsure you can always check with the owners. 
At our holiday cottage in North Wales we try to ensure everyday essentials are provided and things like decent knives, good cookware etc are supplied as these make the holiday a lot more enjoyable and hassle free. If there are things that you will only use a small number of (i.e. dishwasher tablets) it is more cost effective to just pack a few in a bag and take them with you rather than buy a big box when you arrive. Another top tip to make your holiday easier is to get a supermarket food delivery made to the property. Even the most out of the way places have home delivery now.
Packing for a holiday in Wales means a couple of extra considerations when it comes to clothes. Given the diversity of Wales you could end up on a beach one day, walking up a mountain the next, pottering around a small village then doing active sports.

Everyday essentials

  • Toilet rolls
  • Kitchen rolls
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing / hand soap
  • Shampoo
  • Washing powder for the washing machine
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Washing up liquid
  • Washing up sponges
  • Swing bin bags
  • Bin bags
  • Tin foil
  • Cling film
  • Cool bags / box and ice blocks
  • Pack lunch boxes

If there is a log burner

  • Matches / lighter
  • Firelighters
  • Newspapers (to start the fire)


  • Wellies and waterproofs
  • Warm hats and gloves
  • Walking boots
  • Walking socks / thick socks
  • Waterproof coat and trousers
  • Swimming trunks
  • Sun hats


  • Medicines
  • Suntan cream
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit


  • Torch
  • Chargers for phones, iPad, tablets etc
  • Maps
  • Guide books
  • Linen
  • Towels
  • Tea towels
  • Beach towels

If you have babies / toddlers / kids

  • Stair / baby gates
  • Child cot
  • High chair
  • Toilet seat
  • Toilet step
  • Swimming trunks
  • Buckets and spades for the beach
  • Beach towels
  • Teddies and favourite toys
  • Night lights
  • Nappies
  • Baby wipes
  • Bubble bath
  • Slippers
  • Dressing gown
  • Hot water bottle

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