Essential Items To Take On Holiday

Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 12, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Conversation about essential items to take on holiday is an ideal subject for beginner English learners to discuss, offering numerous benefits for improving their language skills. Firstly, it allows learners to expand their vocabulary by exploring various travel-related terms, and secondly, discussing essential items encourages learners to practice expressing their opinions, preferences and needs.

Engaging in conversations about holiday essentials also provides an opportunity to enhance grammar usage through constructing sentences, asking questions and using appropriate prepositions.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

What Do People Usually Take On Holiday?

When people go on a holiday, they usually bring different things that are important. These things help make their trip comfortable and fun. For example, they pack clothes suitable for the weather, like swimsuits, shorts or warm coats.

They also bring things for keeping clean, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo as well as other essential items like phone chargers. Forgetting essential items when going on holiday can cause problems. For example, if you forget important documents like your passport or ID, it can cause delays or issues.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • remember (verb)
  • remind (verb)
  • suitcase (noun)
  • pack (verb)
  • unpack (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What essential items do you need to take with you on holiday?
  • Do you usually forget something when you go on holiday?
  • Have you ever forgotten your passport?
  • Do you need to take something with you that is unusual?
  • What is the most important thing you must take on holiday?
  • If you were going to the beach, what items would you bring to protect yourself from the sun?
  • How do you decide what clothes to bring based on the weather?
  • What personal items do you think are important to bring when you travel?
  • If you could only bring one thing for entertainment on a long journey, what would you choose and why?
  • Is it necessary to bring electronic devices like cameras or phones when you go on holiday?
  • Is travel insurance important to have on every holiday?
  • If you could only bring five things on a holiday, what would they be and why?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.