Are you going on a staycation this year? It’s bound to be lovely wherever you go – whether you’re exploring the south west of England or the outer fringes of Scotland – but you certainly need to take the time to pack properly. Here are the essentials you really need for your staycation…
If there’s one thing you can be sure of on a British staycation, it’s that you’re likely to get rained on at some point! So, include a set of waterproofs in your suitcase or a classic trench coat and a sturdy umbrella.
Shoes and clothing for exploring
Pack some comfortable footwear such as walking boots, or at least a pair of fashionable boots with a good sole and plenty of support: staycations invariably involve lots of walking (which is great news for your waistline), and you’ll have a much happier time if you avoid getting blisters. A stylish rucksack will also come in useful if you need to throw in an extra jumper and a stash of emergency snacks so that you’re ready for whatever you end up doing each day. A decent pair of jeans will be perfect both for walking along miles of shoreline and popping into boutiques in quirky towns and villages.
If you’re heading to the idyllic Cornish coast you’ll certainly need to pack a beach bag, but it’s worth packing a handbag too – wherever you’re holidaying. This will help you to explore new towns and cities on foot without looking like a tourist or accidentally being lumbered with nothing but your suitcase! A pair of sunglasses will make you feel as though you’re on ‘holiday’ (even if it’s not eye-wateringly sunny), and a sun hat will come in useful if the weather warms up enough to warrant one. If you’re feeling fancy, pack a perfume you’ve reserved specially for this trip away: it will bring back staycation memories when you’ve returned to work for months afterwards!
When you’re settled in for the night in the private holiday home you’ve booked through Classic Cottages, you’ll find there’s nothing you want more than your usual comforts. So, be sure to pack your pyjamas, slippers and dressing gown so that you can relax in the evening, just as you would if you were at home. Whether you’re snuggled up watching a bigger television than your own with the fire roaring away in the corner, or simply playing a game of cards in your holiday kitchen, you’re going to enjoy it by having your comfiest clothing to hand.
It would be a real shame to go on staycation without capturing any of the beautiful sights the UK has to offer, so be sure to pack your highest quality camera. You’ll get some practise photographing the rolling green countryside and sprawling cities, or if it feels too cumbersome to lug around with you, why not use your iPhone? Of course, you’ll need to pack an iPhone charger, and it will be worth investing in an in-car charger to keep your battery topped up. Pack a tablet or iPad if you have one too: you never know when a rainy day is going to foil your plans, and it’ll be nice to have the option of doing a spot of online shopping if you have to spend a day inside!