Does anyone really enjoy packing for the holidays?
We love almost everything about holidays. Leafing through brochures, booking the holiday itself; there’s even a certain ritualistic pleasure in overpaying for a snack in an airport cafe. The packing itself, however? That’s a pain. The mere thought of piling up all the clothes for your holiday, your gadgets, and something to read on the flight – well, it’s enough to make you consider a staycation.
To try and combat this, at least a week before you set off, drag your luggage out of storage. Put into your suitcase the holiday-specific things that you will definitely need. You’re not likely to need these things at home before you set off, so once you’ve done it, you can forget about them and make the rest of the packing less stressful.
On Safari: These Things Are Essential…
Safari trips are enduringly popular because of the majestic creatures you will see while there. An African lion safari holiday can be simultaneously one of the most serene, and the most awe inspiring, experiences in your life. Of course, you will need to ensure you don’t get bitten.
Not by the lions, though. There are guides with you on all trips into the wilderness and, if you stick by their side, you’ll be fine. No, it’s the mosquitoes you need to worry about. Make sure you bring repellant and, for the night time, mosquito nets as well. Otherwise, you’ll end up gasping in pain and irritation when you should be gasping in wonder.
Skiing Holiday: Don’t Forget…
No one is likely to forget suncream when they’re heading to Barbados, because one thing we all know is that Barbados is hot. It’s a given. If you’re going to be skiing, however, the presence of mounds of snow may trick you into thinking suncream isn’t going to be necessary.
It is. Perhaps even more so than anywhere else.
You see, not only does the sun shine down on you, it will also reflect off the snow and back up into your face. You’ll be able to spot the people who forget SPF on a skiing holiday. They’re the ones who wince every time they make an expression. Also, if you’re a first time skier, some soothing balm in your luggage is a good idea. You will fall and you will bruise – but that’s part of the fun.
Hiking Trip: You Need To Remember These…
At home, you probably don’t need to walk for very long at any one time. That’s not a criticism; it’s just that a busy lifestyle tends to mean we make most of our trips on wheels. As a result, there’s no need to have sturdy walking boots on hand at a moment’s notice.
However, if you’re going on a holiday where majestic scenery stretches for miles around, you’re going to want to explore. That can mean walking for hours. So get some sturdy boots and put them in your luggage in advance. They may not be the most stylish outfit that you buy, but a giant blister on your heel can make even the most beautiful scenery slightly less magnificent.