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Your First Sykes Holiday Cottage guide

Download our App to easily manage your holiday (directions, attractions etc.) [ ]

Arrange key collection [ ]

Check the property directions and route [ ]

Check your insurance and print documents [ ]

Train tickets or car hire if required [ ]

Check towels & linen are included at your property [ ]

Take an essentials food pack or arrange for food delivery on your arrival day [ ]

Take a basic kitchen pack (washing up liquid, tea towel, dishwasher tabs etc.) [ ]

Take your own beach towel, an extra toilet roll and some hand soap [ ]

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Baby travel guide

Car seats [ ]

Mirrors & sun shades for the car [ ]

Travel blackout blinds [ ]

Travel stair gate [ ]

Travel cot [ ]

Dining booster seat (don’t forget crockery) [ ]

Baby bath, bath mat or chair [ ]

Microwave or travel steriliser [ ]

Baby sling or carrier [ ]

Play mat and toys [ ]


Pets travel guide

Car seat covers [ ]

Car dog guard [ ]

Dog bed and crate if needed [ ]

Dog treats and food [ ]

Water and food bowl [ ]

Lead and harness [ ]

Towel and shampoo [ ]

Toys [ ]

Waterproof coat [ ]

Poop bags [ ]

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Hassle free car travel, storage & safety guide

Sat Nav or GPS [ ]

Dash Cam [ ]

Portable DVD Player [ ]

Hands-Free Car Kit & Car chargers [ ]

Roof rack or box [ ]

Rear rack or trailer [ ]

Fluid checks (coolant, oil, screen wash) [ ]

Check tyre pressures, tread & rim checks [ ]

Check lights and windscreen wipers [ ]

Car travel safety kit [ ]


Great outdoors guide

Outdoor clothing (insulation) [ ]

Navigation, GPS or Geocaching Device [ ]

Hiking boots and sticks [ ]

Bike, helmet and lock [ ]

Golf, Ski, Surf, Climbing etc. gear [ ]

First Aid kit [ ]

Sun protection (sunscreen and glasses) [ ]

Nutrition & hydration [ ]

Activity tracker [ ]

Sports camera [ ]


Indoor & outdoor entertainment guide

Beach toys (Frisbee, bucket & spade) [ ]

Lawn games (croquet, hoops, skittles) [ ]

Kite [ ]

Ball games [ ]

Favourite toys (LEGO, Barbie, Star Wars) [ ]

Favourite DVDs (check there is a player) [ ]

Portable DVD player (perfect in the car or dining out too) [ ]

Download games & favourite programmes to your tablet [ ]

Books (travel guides, classic or the latest page-turner) [ ]

Music (make a travel soundtrack or set the mood for an evening in) [ ]

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