Holidays may be all about relaxing, switching off, and doing nothing, but let’s face it, it’s usually a gargantuan task to make it to the airport on time with everything you need.
To help you on your way, we’ve put together a list of holiday tips for whichever season you’re holidaying in.
And if you’re thinking about where to go for your next holiday, have a look for more holiday ideas and inspiration.
- Before you jet off, make sure you know what the temperature at your destination will be like and pack accordingly – don’t just keep your fingers crossed for good weather. A packable waterproof could be your best secret weapon.
- Bring an extra bag or two – cloth tote bags can be stashed away easily in your luggage and they’ll be great when you’re stocking up at the supermarket. Plus when it’s time to leave, you can use them to keep dirty washing separate from clean items.
- If you plan on spending most of the time in and around the pool, take a change of swimwear. No one wants to put on wet swimwear, so have a spare set on hand while your other one is drying.
- If you want to avoid the crowds, bag a bit of sun, and get a cheaper deal, holidaying in spring is a wise move. Places like Morocco, Spain, and Greece are all within easy reach and boast temperatures in the mid-20s at this time of year. Or if cities are your thing, check these out.
- If you want to sample the local cuisine but need to stick to a budget, try eating out at lunchtime – you’ll get better deals and the restaurants won’t be so busy. Plus, it goes without saying that for a more authentic experience, avoid the main tourist areas.
- Take a towel – a microfibre one that barely takes up any extra space in your luggage. They dry quickly, and are great to have on hand when you’re out and about – especially if you’re holidaying with kids.
- Bring your own water bottle with filter. This way you can drink tap water wherever you are – and you’ll save a packet on buying bottles of water. Plus you’ll be doing your bit for the environment.
- Don’t be a lobster – bring sun protection and your skin will thank you for it. Buying it at home is always cheaper than buying abroad or at the airport – just make sure it’s no more than 100ml for airport security screening. Check out the Government’s advice for what you can take in your hand luggage on planes here.
- Take a little something for comfort. You can’t beat a favourite hoodie on a long-haul flight, or a shawl that doubles up as a blanket or temporary pillow on the plane.
- Don’t use up all your data on day one – hunt down places where you can get free WiFi. You’ll usually find this in places like coffee shops and libraries.
- Layer up. If you’re not sure what the weather will be doing in your destination, choose clothes you can mix and match. You can save on luggage space by wearing multiple layers when you travel, and then simply remove/add as and when needed.
- Autumn is a great time to travel if you want to sightsee. The crowds aren’t so crazy, and the sun not so hot, so now’s the time to get out and explore. Pack decent walking shoes and – most importantly – a small first-aid kit, too. Blisters hurt.
- If you’re going somewhere cold, take your slippers. It makes a massive difference to your comfort levels – no one wants to pad around tiled floors for a week or two in bare feet.
- If you’re travelling with kids, pack things they can do and play with on long journeys or in the hotel room. Packs of cards (or ‘Snap’ for younger kids), felt tips and colouring books, a small ball, bubbles, and bedtime storybooks can be lifesavers.
- We know screen time isn’t great for us, but sometimes it’s exactly what’s needed – especially if you’ve got fidgety kids in tow. Make sure you prep it before you leave – charge it fully and load it with a variety of TV programmes to keep them entertained.
- Get travel insurance. No one loves paying for it but if something does go wrong during your holiday, you’ll be so glad you did.
We hope these seasonal travel tips have inspired you to get thinking about where to go for your next holiday.
Whatever time of year you decide to jet away, the key to a successful holiday (and half the fun of it) is all in the planning.