I’ve done a couple of posts about packing before, but when TK Maxx approached me to collaborate on a travel feature, I decided to set myself the challenge of creating the ultimate packing checklist (click to download a printable version) to find out if you can buy everything you need to travel in one shop.
Other than luxury or premium department stores, there aren’t many shops you can walk into and pick up literally everything you need to travel. While that would be nice, the price tag wouldn’t trade off on the convenience. Lots of people aren’t really aware how many departments TK Maxx have, it’s not just clothes and accessories, they’ve also got a really good homeware and beauty sections and my favourite, loads of luggage!
Everything is up to 60% less than the RRP too, so rather than buying cheap stuff, instead you’re getting value for money. Once you “get it”, it’s a bit of a light bulb moment. They get lots of deliveries every week, so you’ll always find something different. So, chances are you won’t bump into someone else in the same outfit!
Armed with a budget of €100, I set out to tick off my list, looking for all the things I’d need for a weekend away. The sunglasses section is always my first stop, I picked an amazing pair of designer heart shaped ones that were actually in the clearance section for only €19.99…the RRP was almost €200!Travel notebooks from the stationery section and this men’s tan leather travel wallet went straight in my basket, handy for keeping different currencies, tickets, airline and lounge cards all in one place.
There are often travel essentials near the tills too, you’ll find refillable travel sized bottles for your toiletries and travel adaptors here, so I picked up a couple of those too. It’s quite important to use a good quality adaptor, so your appliances work with different voltages wherever you go, I like the multi ones with more than one USB output. I picked up mine for only €12.99, I’ve seen them being sold for up to €40 at the airport.
Luggage scales are essential if you want to avoid excess baggage charges, I found a good digital one, I think the manual scales can be a bit dodgy. I also saw a full-size travel blanket that folds up to the size of a Coke can, a USB fan you can plug into your laptop, travel pillows with secret storage compartments and plastic lined bikini bags for storing wet swimwear. There are so many hidden gems in store!I think the general misconception is that you’ll have to rummage through racks of untidy clothes, but in fact everything is in size order, so it can be quicker to scan one rack of bikinis in your size, rather than an entire swimwear department in another shop. And then be disappointed when you finally find something you like, but realise they don’t have your size in stock!I was able to find SPF and travel sized toiletries too, plus leather sandals, nice denim cut-offs, a bikini and a Panama hat, all within my €100 budget. I’m pretty sorted for suitcases at this stage, but if you do need new luggage, there’s a lot of choice. I even saw a few matching sets, but you kind of have to grab things when you see them, or regret it later!
It’s definitely a one stop shop, particularly holiday/travel wise and there’s something for everyone. It’s kind of a pro shoppers secret haven, all departments have hidden gems and it’s full of ridiculous possibilities. For example, if you were going in for a few travel bits, you would probably check out the mens section too and homewares.
So, challenge accepted and complete! I’m pretty chuffed with my haul and I love sharing my secrets on finding the best savings. Keep an eye on my Insta, I’m sure you’ll see me
humble bragging about some of my finds on the next trip – I’m actually off to Dingle this weekend, who knows what I’ll need to pack with this Irish weather!
I’ve started you off with the checklist below, or click here to download your own packing checklist. See my ultimate packing checklist underneath the image and just copy in what you need for your trip. Happy packing!
- Chargers (phone, speakers, laptop, camera, battery back)
- Bluetooth speakers
- Travel adaptor
- Camera & memory cards
CLOTHES & SHOES
- Day clothes (sun dresses, tshirts, shorts, vests, skirts)
- Night clothes (jeans, dressy dresses, tops, skirts, shirts)
- Outerwear (jackets, coats, cardigans, waterproofs)
- Shoes (sandals, trainers, heels, specific sports footwear or swim shoes)
- Gym gear
- Glasses (sun, reading & cases)
- Day/night/beach bags
- Travel itinerary
- Driving licence
- Travel Insurance
- Copies of passport and other important documents (either hard copy or scanned on your phone)
- Cash & cards
- Ear plugs
- Travel pillow
- SPF and insect repellent
- Hair tools
- Sewing kit
- Luggage tags