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What to pack for a holiday in Devon

Female hands packing a suitcase for a holiday in Devon

If you’re counting down to a trip to Devon then you’ll have lots of exciting things to plan: things to do, which beaches to visit and where to tuck into the West Country’s best produce. You may also be thinking about what to put in your suitcases. If you have luggage on your mind then here’s what we recommend you pack for a holiday in Devon:

Clothes to pack for a holiday in Devon

Whatever time of year you are visiting Devon – Winter, Spring or Summer – make sure you pack plenty of outdoor clothes. You don’t want to miss out on exploring our wonderful countryside and coastline. 

For beach walks and exploring picturesque towns like Totnes, Dartmouth and Salcombe pack light trousers, flat closed toe shoes and layered tops. You’ll appreciate being able to add or subtract layers when trekking along the coast or climbing the ramparts of historic castles in the county.

Find out more about the best things to do in Dartmouth and what to see in Totnes.

A waterproof jacket and Wellington boots or waterproof hiking boots will also come in handy if you decide to explore Dartmoor National Park.

Of course, if you are planning a beach day or two (and you really should, as there are some wonderful beaches in Devon), don’t forget your swimwear. Beach shoes are also a good idea for our shingle beaches, as is a wet suit if you are planning on doing any water sports.

In warmer weather, break our those shorts, summer dresses, sandals and sun hats. The highest temperature recored in Devon in the summer of 2019 was 29.3C – phew!

What to pack for the beach

You can’t book a holiday in Devon without going to the beach. To save forking out for beach day kit when you get here make sure you pack these:

  • Buckets and spades
  • Picnic blanket
  • Beach towels
  • Sun cream
  • UV tent

Don’t forget your camera to capture those amazing sea views and your wetsuit if you fancy a go at one of the many water sports in South Devon.

Here’s where you’ll find the best beaches in the South Hams.

What to pack for your holiday cottage

You’ll find Dart Valley Cottage’s accommodation comes with everything you need for your holiday in Devon, including the kitchen sink – obviously. But here are a few extras you might want to add to your packing list or order in an online delivery for when you arrive:

  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Butter
  • Wine!

Save room in your fridge for some of Devon’s delicious food and drink, which you can buy straight from the source or in local shops.

Find out where to find the best South Devon produce and don’t forget the ingredients for a proper Devon cream tea.

What to pack for your dog

If you are bringing your dog on holiday to Devon make sure you pack their creature comforts. Here’s some essentials:

  • Dog food
  • A lead
  • Poo bags
  • A dog towel
  • Dog bowls
  • Dog bed
  • Toys

Take a look at some of our dog-friendly cottages in Devon. Some may even have bowls and beds ready for your four-legged friend.

Read about our recommended dog-friendly days out in Devon and places to eat where dogs are also welcome.

Where to stay in Devon

If you are stilling looking for the perfect Devon holiday cottage then we can help. Take a look at our collection of luxury holiday cottages in South Devon.

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