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Spending the weekend in a self-catering unit? What you need to pack.

21 September 2016

Not as rustic as camping or as fancy as a hotel holiday, a self-catering weekend can be the perfect break away from it all while still allowing you to enjoy some home comforts. Be prepared and take along all the essentials you’ll need to make sure your time away goes as planned.

Before you leave, confirm what household goods are already at the unit. Do they supply linen? Toilet paper? Bath towels? Then, make a list of everything else you’ll need to take with you.

MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ON YOUR LIST:

1. FOOD

Make a meal plan and decide what’s on the menu for the duration of your stay. Take along all your food and some extras too. Pack all these items properly to avoid damage and nasty spills along the way. Plastic boxes and containers are a good way to transport food and dry goods. Decant items in glass containers (like spices or other condiments) – plastic is a much smarter choice than glass. And don’t forget a cooler box for those items that need to stay cool and fresh till you reach your destination fridge.

2. COOKING UTENSILS AND KITCHEN TOOLS

Not all kitchens are created equal and you might find yourself at a loss when there’s no can opener, spatula, or corkscrew in sight. Not to mention cleaning cloths and a brush and pan. Store your use-all-the-time kitchen goodies in plastic storage boxes or crates and take them along. You’ll be happy you did.

3. BATHROOM ESSENTIALS

From your personal toiletries to hand soap and toilet paper, bathroom items are essential to a comfortable stay. Make sure the dispensers and containers are plastic for easy transport and storage. Don’t be caught short – take along extra toiletries and you can always bring them home with you later.

4. TOOLS

If you have a go-to toolbox, take it with you. Or, if it’s really big, take a pared-down version. You never know when you might need a screwdriver or flashlight. And don’t forget candles and matches, just in case the power goes out.

5. TOYS AND GAMES

Cater for young and old with a number of different toys and games, for indoor and outdoor fun. It’s always a good idea to have some entertainment ideas up your sleeve to keep the mood high and avoid cabin fever as a result of boredom. Once you’re organised, you can take a deep breath and start to relax – your holiday is just around the corner.

Are your household items not really suited to travelling? Have the goods but not the storage containers?

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