If you’re thinking of booking a holiday, or you’ve already got one planned, then you’ve probably started getting excited about all of the fun things you can take with you. However, all of us can be guilty of contracting OPD – or, Obsessive Packing Disorder. Ever found yourself with 17 pairs of shoes for a one week break? Or a case full of books, but no sun cream?
We’ve all been there. That’s why we’ve put together some guidelines for the things you definitely should pack, and definitely shouldn’t pack, the next time you set off on an adventure.
There’s nothing worse than having a case full of cameras, mobile phones, hairdryers and hair straighteners and then realising that you can’t actually use any of them – because you forgot your adapters. Work out what adapter you need for the country you’re visiting and stock up before you leave to make sure that you don’t have any problems when you arrive. Top tip – remember to buy adapters before you leave home, as they’re often a lot pricier at the airport.
Sun safe favourites
If you’re jetting off somewhere warm then sun safety is incredibly important. Make sure that you have clothing that covers your shoulders and a hat to protect your head in the heat of the day. If you’re travelling with the family then you can also invest in little techy travel favourites like UV sensor wristbands, to monitor how long you’ve spent in the sun.
Now, we know this is obvious, but the most essential holiday item is your travel documents. Double check that you have a valid passport, your boarding passes and your money before you leave home – because you’re not going to get far without them! You don’t want all of your careful holiday planning and months spent looking forward to it to go to waste!
We all love a good selfie or two, but getting those selfies happening is even more important when you’re on holiday. Whether you want to get some shots of your family enjoying the beach or need to get your latest ‘hot dogs or legs’ update on Facebook, having the right camera with you is essential. From DSLRs to smartphones, the choice is yours. Just don’t forget the charger – or an adapter. You should know that by now. Top tip – invest in some of the nifty clip-on camera lenses to up your smartphone snapping game.
Your smartphone saviour
When it comes to travel essentials, tons of them can be found in one handy, pocket-sized, lightweight, easy to use little device. Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking about your phone. From storing your boarding card to music or films to keep you entertained on the plane, to budgeting your holiday money and taking photos when you arrive. You can even use it as a personal GPS if you get lost on your adventures – just don’t get caught out by unexpected data roaming charges.
Too many toiletries
Tons of toiletries are sure to weigh down your suitcase, and leave you struggling to fit in all of the other things you need for your adventure away. Decant your must haves into 100ml travel bottles, and opt for multi-tasking products to cut down on the amount that you have to carry. For example, pick shampoo and body wash combos to make sure that you have plenty of room in your suitcase for other fun stuff!
Skip the shoes
When it comes to streamlined packing, shoes are not your friends. They’re bulky and heavy, and it’s easy to be tempted into packing tons of different pairs that actually aren’t that versatile. The key is to make sure that you have a couple of pairs that go with all of your clothes, and suit the activities you’re going to be doing on your holiday. Top tip – wear your bulky shoes on the plane to save space.
Lugging around a library
Everyone likes a nice, relaxing holiday read, but books and even magazines can be seriously heavy. Don’t forget that most hotels and hostels have a selection of books you can borrow in the animation areas or the lobby, meaning you get to enjoy a different book every day without having to carry it. Or, load everything onto an e-reader and pop it in your hand luggage!
Filling up on Food
It can be tempting to pop a couple of snacks in your suitcase, but avoid going overboard and filling your luggage with food. Taking all of your usual food with you is a surefire way to miss out on all of the tasty treats you can sample in your holiday destination, and that’s part of the fun of being away! Plus, if you’re only taking hand luggage then make sure you know what foods and liquids are banned on the flight.
Taking your own towels
Nowadays most hotels, and even hostels, provide holidaymakers with towels to use during their stay, so it’s becoming unnecessary to lug around your own. Not only do they take up lots of room, and cause your luggage to weigh more, but they’re also a bit of a pain to bring home – particularly if they’re a bit damp or less-than-fresh after a week of use. Confirm with your hotel in advance to make sure you don’t have to pack your own. Top tip – if you insist on taking your own towel, invest in a super thin micro fibre option. They’re quick drying, too!
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