Escaping the British weather: What should you pack?

Let’s face it, the British weather is not the greatest, especially in the damp, cold months of autumn and winter. Even in summer, you are lucky to get through a week or so without using an umbrella. No wonder so many people head off to the sun. If you are lucky enough to be heading off to the good weather, do not forget to pack the essential items you will miss if you leave them behind.

Take a look at our list of five essential items you need to pack if you are heading off on holiday. It will save you ruining your trip by stressing over the things you left behind.

  • Passport and travel documents

You are not going to get very far if you leave your passport and travel documents in the house. Always make sure that you put them somewhere you can see them, so you do not forget to put them in your bag in the excitement of leaving on your well-earned break. Even better, put them in the bag you know you are taking with you, a couple of days before you leave.

This may sound really obvious, but always check that it’s your passport you are carrying. You do not want to head off on a girls’ weekend away only to get to the airport to find out that you have picked up your husband’s passport by mistake.

It’s also a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport and to email a copy to yourself. That way, if you do lose it while you are away at least you have all the details. Remember to keep copies of all the important documents – apply for a new PAN card if you’ll be working in the country you’re traveling to.

  • Phone charger and adapter

We are going to assume that forgetting your phone would be difficult; although this probably is not the case for some people. If you do pick up your phone, then remember to pick up the charger at the same time. Do not forget to take an adaptor with you as well, if you need one.

If you make sure that you have your phone charger with you then you take away the risk of panicking to find somewhere to buy one while you are away, because your phone has died and you need to make an urgent call or send an important text.

  • Money and cards

It’s a good idea to have some of the local currency available for when you arrive at your destination. It makes life so much easier if you need to take a cab to where you are staying, or even just buy yourself a cold drink. Of course, you can use your cards while you are on holiday, so make sure you take them with you. It’s also a good idea to check what charges apply when using your cards abroad, so you do not get hit with any nasty surprises when you get home.

  • Holiday clothes

No matter how full the wardrobe is, most people want to buy and pack a few new items for their holiday. If you are looking for some new beach wear or shoes, then it can be a good idea to take a look at eBay. You can get some good deals on the latest fashions without spending a ton of money that would be better used for having a good time while you are away.

Of course, once you have made the effort to get yourself some bargains it’s important that you do not forget to pack them. There is no point in celebrating spending just a few pounds on a gorgeous bikini if you leave it back home in the drawer

  • A basic first aid kit

Unless you are travelling to some really remote area, you should be able to buy items such as plasters and painkillers while you are away. However, it’s a good idea to take a few with you, in case of emergencies. If you wake up with a migraine at two in the morning, the last thing you want to have to do is try and find an all night chemists. It’s far easier if you prepare a little before you travel.

All of the items we have covered in our list are pretty much essential if you want to have an enjoyable holiday. Of course, we live in a world where you can buy items in many places you travel to. But, do you really want to be trawling the shops looking for some antiseptic cream when you could be lying on the beach?

The most essential items in our list are your passport, travel documents, cash and cards; without these a relaxing holiday can turn into a bit of a nightmare. Always make sure these items are packed at least the night before you leave. It’s a bad idea to leave packing until the last minute as you are more likely to forget things. Ideally, your last few minutes at home should be relaxed and filled with excitement for the holiday to come.

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