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The Essentials You Need to Pack for a Staycation

Are you heading off for a UK staycation this year?

Well, you’re not alone: as many as 77% of us have been on a staycation or are planning one! They’re affordable, easy to organise, and have the added bonus of eliminating the need to check in at the airport or get foreign currency.

But, do you know what you’ll need to pack? Here’s a list to cover the basics so you can head from desk to deckchair in no time at all!

Clothing and footwear

The clothing you pack in your suitcase is going to depend on where you’re going: a city break suggests that it would be a good idea to pack clothes that are sophisticated but comfortable, good for exploring tourist spots and museums, as well as appropriate for dinner or an impromptu trip to a bar. On the other hand, a country getaway will definitely merit a pair of walking boots or wellies – so pack according to the activities you intend to enjoy on your staycation!

Also, remember that while some types of holiday accommodation are equipped with washing machines, ironing boards and irons (such as cottages and apartments), not all of them will be. So, be sure to call ahead and check what will be available to use. This is particularly important if you’re having a long staycation or if your holiday is going to be an active one where you’re outdoors getting muddy or wet. If you can’t do your laundry in your accommodation, consider packing extra clothing or scouting out a local laundrette, and don’t forget to see whether or not towels are provided at your accommodation.


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A UK staycation means you won’t have to bother packing plug adapters, so you’ll only need to bring your favourite devices and their chargers. However, if you’re staying in one of Britain’s classic holiday cottages, why not consider taking a little less in the way of technology? Research has shown that 65% of us access the free Wi-Fi within seven minutes of arriving at our accommodation, but there are a handful of us who’d feel relieved if there was no Wi-Fi on holiday. Who knows – a countryside staycation could be the perfect opportunity to get off your laptop and head into the great outdoors instead!

Kitchen essentials

If you’ve booked a holiday in a hotel or B&B, you’re probably not going to be doing much cooking. However, if you’re having a staycation in a tent, caravan or a holiday cottage, it might be worth bringing one or two kitchen essentials. You might need a supply of food (at least for your first night when you want to unwind after the journey), and you could pack tea towels (and your favourite herbs and spices if you’re a keen chef). Most holiday cottages will be equipped with essentials such as cleaning cloths, washing up liquid and bin liners, but again it’s a good idea to check ahead.

Toys, games and books

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Are you heading for a holiday by the sea? Then you’d better remember to pack your wetsuits, bucket and spades, and body boards. Similarly, bring your bikes if you fancy getting some fresh air on two wheels, and be sure to find space in the boot for a pile of books to devour. It’s bound to rain for at least a day or two during your staycation – this is the UK, after all! – so consider bringing along some games suitable for kids and big kids alike if you want to avoid family fall-outs.

Emergency supplies.

Finally, pack emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, a torch, candles, matches, and basic medication. A staycation means you’re probably going to be within driving distance of a shop wherever you’re heading, but it doesn’t hurt to have emergency essentials on hand in case your accommodation doesn’t stock everything.

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