10 things to pack on your holiday to Cornwall

10 things to pack on your holiday to Cornwall

10 things to pack on your holiday to Cornwall

Date Posted: 22 Sep 2023

Whether you love or loathe packing, the best way to tackle it is by working from a what-to-pack list, and this is more crucial than ever when it comes to a holiday to Cornwall, where the weather can be interchangeable, to say the least. Which means, even if the forecast looks reliable, pack a lightweight raincoat.

Despite Cornwall being much more remote than other holiday destinations, if you’ve forgotten to pack something it shouldn’t be too much trouble buying it with plenty of supermarkets and high streets in the county.

However, if you’ve a holiday to Cornwall on the cards our handy packing guide will ensure you’ve all basis covered so that you can have your best trip yet (unless you’re planning on moving here, in which case here’s the best Cornwall Removals Company)

1. Sun cream & SPF lip balm

Just because you’re holidaying in England, doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t need protection. It’s likely that on your Cornwall holiday you’ll be spending hours down the beach, so reapply sun cream every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating. Your lips are skin too, so make sure you pack an SPF lip balm.

2. Beach towels

While most self-catering cottages will provide you with bath towels (all of Cornish Secrets properties provide high-quality linen and towels), you’ll need to bring a beach towel with you. We recommend the lightweight microfibre towels, such as Dock & Bay, which will take up little room in your suitcase and are easy to pack in your beach bag.

3. Wellies or walking boots

Even if you’re visiting in the summer, we’d still recommend you pack walking boots or wellies, particularly if you plan on doing some coast path or woodland walking during your Cornwall holiday.

4. Loose change

It’s a rumour that card payments haven’t reached Cornwall yet, but we’d still recommend packing some cash. Many car parks operate with coins only, and you may find some shops, bars or restaurants prefer cash too, so take some with you.

5. Board games/cards

A holiday to Cornwall is the perfect excuse for some friendly competition! Many cottages in Cornwall will have a well-stocked games cupboard, so it’s worth checking first. A pack of cards is a lightweight alternative, great for taking to a traditional Cornish inn.

6. Reusables

Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you can’t keep up greener living. Do your bit for the environment and pack a reusable water bottle and shopping bags. It’s likely that your Cornwall cottage will have its own coffee machine too, so why not bring your coffee cup along with you and take a coffee to the beach?

7. Medication and mini first aid kit

Guests are often so busy thinking about what they’ll wear each day that they forget to pack their medication. We also recommend taking a small first aid kit just in case, plus blister plasters – particularly if you’re embarking on some Cornish rambling – and antihistamines, and car sickness tablets. Prepare yourself against midges, mosquitoes and horseflies by bringing repellent and bite cream.

8. Watersport equipment

If you’re planning on diving into some watersports on your Cornwall holiday, then that’ll certainly add to the packing list. While you can hire most things, surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, paddleboards, kayaks etc, hiring can become expensive so if you have your own equipment, and space in the car it makes sense to bring your own. Don’t forget a snorkel and goggles for underwater viewing!

9. Beach games

Make the most of your time on Cornish sand and enjoy a beach game. If space is limited go for something lightweight such as a frisbee or bat and ball. If you have the space, boules and skittles can be fun to play in the garden at your Cornwall cottage.

10. National Trust membership card

Even if you’re not planning to visit a National Trust site, there are lots of NT car parks in Cornwall where you can park for free if you have your membership card with you. If you’re a member to English Heritage it’s also worth bringing your card as there are a few iconic castles in Cornwall to visit, too.

Dog-friendly holidays in Cornwall

If you’re bringing your dog with you on holiday, they’ll have their own belongings to bring, too. Remember to bring blankets, beds for your Cornwall cottage, but also a lead and bowl. Some beaches require dogs to stay on a lead, as does the South West Coast Path and some restaurants in Cornwall.

Family holidays in Cornwall

If you have a baby or young children, it’s worth check what your holiday cottage provides, such as a travel cot and high chair, so that you don’t double up on things. For older kids, many self-catering cottages have games consoles, too.


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