On Monday 12th April, non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers, and outdoor hospitality reopened. This was also the date where we were finally allowed to leave our local area and go on a staycation. Overnight stays in self-catered accommodation with those from the same household or support bubble are permitted. Once you’ve decided on a destination, the next step is to figure out what you need to take with you, so here is a handy guide full of staycation tips and essential things to pack.
1. Rain Jacket and Umbrella
Even though the weather has been relatively sunny since the lockdown restrictions have started to ease, we all know that the UK can be very unpredictable. Therefore, it is recommended that you pack a rain jacket and an umbrella to protect you from any pesky showers. However, it doesn’t have to just be practical; rain jackets and umbrellas can be stylish and colourful too.
2. Portable Charger
It is always inconvenient when devices such as smartphones run out of charge, especially when you want to be able to use them to take photos of your adventures or look at a map of an unfamiliar area when you are lost. It is recommended that you carry a portable charger with you in case there’s a moment where your battery is running low.
It is guaranteed that whilst you are on a staycation, you’re going to be eating lunch on-the-go. The picnic essentials are a must: a picnic basket will ensure that your food is easy to carry, and a picnic rug will ensure that you are comfortable whilst eating it.
4. Sun Cream
It is important to be prepared for the hot weather that you are hoping for, and protecting your skin from the sun should be a priority when you are spending a lot of time outdoors. Therefore, making sure that you have a good supply of sun cream is essential for your staycation. You could even go the extra mile and bring a variety of fashionable sunhats and sunglasses.
5. Bucket and Spade
If you are going to the beach, then this is a must. Nothing says British seaside holiday more than building sandcastles. Whether you have young children, or if you are just looking for a bit of fun and nostalgia, then a bucket and spade are recommended.
6. Swimming Costume
Again, this only applies if you are going somewhere with a beach. The sea is likely to be a bit chilly, but if you are brave enough to venture into the waves then a swimming costume (or a bikini) is an essential. If you would rather just paddle at the edge of the water, then a pair of cotton shorts will be an appropriate substitute.
Since 1 in 4 people in the UK suffer from hay fever, it is guaranteed that someone will need an antihistamine at some point during your staycation. It is worth taking a packet and carrying them with you just in case.
8. Travel Sickness Tablets
1 in 3 people suffer from motion sickness, which includes travel sickness. Therefore, to avoid any uncomfortable situations in the long car journey to your destination, it is recommended that anyone who suffers from travel sickness is prepared. Taking the tablets two hours before setting off on your journey should prevent any nausea, and be sure to take them with you for the way back as well.
9. Party Games
You will need entertainment for the evenings, and bringing party games such as board games and card games will keep you occupied during these times. They’re something that the whole family can get involved with, and it is guaranteed that everyone will enjoy them (plus some friendly competition is always healthy!).