packing the suitcase

Christmas is a wonderful time to vacay. A chance to escape the chilly British weather and enjoy a Christmas dinner far less ordinary. Paella with sea views? Yes please!

We’re spending the festive season here in the UK this year with a break to Bath then Wales as my folks are running their restaurants on the big day, and while I know it will be a truly magical time for us, I’m also hankering after some sunshine and Vitamin Sea 😉


Luckily, we’ll be jetting off to paradise in February with and Jet2holidays whom I’ve excitingly joined as a digital ambassador (you can read all about this exciting partnership here and enter a fab competition to win return flights to the Canary Islands worth £600!) but with many of my readers going away for Christmas (jel? moi?), I wanted to share with my top tips for packing for Christmas holidays featuring what I like to take away with us (I work to capsule wardrobes for us all) along with advice on how to hide Christmas presents from little eyes!

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One of the many great things about travelling with and Jet2holidays is that you get an 22kg baggage allowance (except under 2s) – the best in their industry – plus 10kg cabin bag allowance on top. Perfect for festive family travel.


Key Christmas destinations to consider flying to with and Jet2holidays are the Canaries (Lanzarote, Fueteventura, Gran Canaria & Tenerife) which offer perfect beach holiday destinations at this time of the year.

All that allowance makes for stress-free festive family travel where you might need to plan for all weathers and potentially take bundles of Christmas presents with you too!

I love having all that room in our luggage and thanks to a fair bit of family travel over the years, I’ve mastered packing like a pro.

packing tips with Honest Mum & and Jet2holidays

packing tips with Honest Mum & and Jet2holidays

Hope you’ve found this useful! and Jet2holidays are also kindly giving away a £50 John Lewis gift card to help you with your February half-term holiday too so don’t forget to enter this too!

Ends Jan 30th 2017.

UK Only.

No Cash Alternative.

If the winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck and enjoy the video!

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534 Responses

  1. hayley cooper

    I would love to win to give my hubby a treat as he is current;y saving up for a new Apple Computer , he deserves it as he is an absolute rock but i don’t always tell him!!

  2. liz ferguson

    I would like some essential oils and carrier oils for our new rescue dog (lavender is a fabx one) – we have had great success using oils on our previous rescue dogs – the oils help to soothe and calm, while the gentle massage teaches them to trust us – great bonding.

  3. Susan Carruthers

    I’d put it towards a new fridge/freezer because mine is on it’s last legs.

  4. Zoe Mackie

    I would love to win to treat my 2 girls who both won awards this week 😀

  5. Victoria Dixon

    I went into John Lewis last week and have fallen in love with a tea pot. It would look lovely with my china tea cup and sugar bowl, then when the kids and hubby are out, I can have a mini afternoon tea all to myself – my little piece of heaven xx

  6. Lindsey Loughtman

    Love John Lewis. I’d treat myself to something I’d not usually buy

  7. Jane Middleton

    They will be opening a new John Lewis department store in town soon, so it would be lovely to win this.

  8. Kim W

    I love John Lewis and can always find something to buy! I’d love to treat my husband as he has had a tough year last year and deserves a treat.

  9. Tina L-D

    finally after 11 years we’ve started decorating, it would be great to add some furnishings

  10. Joanne Blunt

    I love John Lewis so it would be great to treat myself to something from there instead of just window shopping

  11. Sue Harrison

    I’d love a treat after being busy looking after hubby who has man flu !

  12. Marina Owen

    I’d love to win the voucher because I want to buy a BOSE speaker. I’ve seen them in John Lewis and I’m saving up to get one.

  13. Ali Thorpe

    It would be a very handy prize as I would like some new soft furnishings for the bedroom.

  14. Laura Findlay

    I would love to buy some new crockery and cutlery for my kitchen. I could do with some more x


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