The Essential Self Catering Accommodation Checklist

Ed Maughan
Ed Maughan

One of the most important parts of planning your self-catering family holiday is making sure that everyone brings what they need to make it a celebration to remember. From preparing for all weathers to ensuring every age group is looked after, our comprehensive checklist will help you relax in the knowledge that every box has been ticked.


Your accommodation listing should detail what’s included in your kitchen and, more often than not, it will be well stocked, though there’s always some items that you won’t regret bringing.

  1. Food storage containers. 

  2. Thermos flasks (for a hot drink on a long walk or excursion) 

  3. Reusable water bottles.

  4. Preferred coffee-making gadgets. 

  5. Clingfilm and tin foil

  6. Matches or a lighter. 

  7. Bottle and tin opener (just in case)

  8. Paper napkins.

Bring Essential Kitchen Items 



As parents will be aware, the success of the holiday may well depend on the happiness of the children. Here’s some extra holiday items that will come in really handy:

  1. Cricket set, frisbee or volleyball  

  2. Buckets and spades and other beach games.

  3. Tablet for electronic games or videos

  4. Snackboxes

  5. Wet-wipes and hand sanitiser

  6. Mosquito repellent

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If your self-catered property allows you to bring your animal companions, be sure to pack these essentials:

  1. Food and water bowls

  2. Beds, blankets and protective covers if needed. 

  3. Toys and treats

  4. Poo bags

  5. Spiral tether (for picnics without constant disturbance)

  6. Dog shampoo

Pet shampoo
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The rule of thumb here is to always take too many chargers and don’t rely too heavily on the WiFi, just in case…

  1. Laptop

  2. WiFi booster or Dongle

  3. Chargers and converters

  4. HDMi cable

  5. Hard drive

  6. Bluetooth or portable speakers.

  7. Camera & memory cards

Phone chargers
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Entertainment essentials

Variety is the key here. Check with everyone what they enjoy doing and be sure to mix it up every day, no matter what the weather. 

  1. Board games and puzzles. 

  2. DVDs or downloaded films or TV. 

  3. Decks of cards (you may need more than one).

  4. Football, rugby ball, boules

  5. Guide to the local area featuring places of interest, walks, excursions and pubs/restaurants.

Board Games
Board Games



For large group holidays, you may spend a lot more time than usual enjoying the outdoors, whether that is picnics in the park, visiting castles or seasides towns or hiking up mountains. For such activities, there are certain items you won’t want to forget.

  1. Waterproof picnic blanket

  2. Utility knife

  3. Hand warmers

  4. Head torch 

  5. Emergency toilet tissue

  6. Suncream

  7. Antihistamine

  8. Blister plasters 


We hope this checklist has helped with your holiday preparations. In addition to remembering everything, organising the costs for your family holiday can be stressful. If you need a bit of extra help with budgeting your holiday, download our free Ultimate Budgeting Spreadsheet for Family Celebrations today! 

Budgeting spreadsheet for family celebrations

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