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How to pack for a short break away...

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Admin

Everyone deserves a great little break and we all need it once in a while. So once you’ve booked your weekend away, you know it’ll be your time to sit back, relax and not worry about cooking, laundry or the weekly shop. But let’s face it, packing can be a pain.

There’s the temptation to leave it to the last minute and forget your toothbrush or to throw a different outfit in the suitcase for every potential situation. So here at Great Little Breaks, we’ve put together a list of top packing tips for your next short break.

1. Comfortable Footwear.

The likelihood is, especially if you’re going somewhere new, then you’ll want to explore a bit on your next getaway. No one wants to go home with blisters on their feet so chose your shoes carefully. If you’re taking more than one pair, it’s also a good idea to be space conscious – some shoes can take up a great deal of space in your luggage if you’re trying to pack light!

2. Phone Charger.

This might seem like an obvious one but you’d be surprised how easy it is to forget. And for those who think their phone will last the whole weekend; don’t forget about the extra weekend uses such as finding restaurants, sat nav, music for long journeys, etc.

*Great Little Breaks top tip: If you have forgotten your charger, most hotels will have spares for you to borrow at reception. This will save you buying another whilst you’re away!. Travel Sizes.

3. Travel Sizes.

When it comes to shampoo, conditioner, body wash and other beauty products, sample sizes and travel sized bottle are best. Not only will this save space in your bag but you can throw away the empty bottles at the end of trip to make un-packing that bit easier. If you’re feeling particularly environmentally friendly however, re-useable bottles are a great purchase. Not only will they save you money in the long run and save you luggage space, but it means that you can just fill them up again with your favourite products when you go on your next great little break.

4. Map.

The majority of people rely on smart phones or sat navs to guide them on their journeys, but you can’t always guarantee a good signal, especially if you’re in a rural area. It’s always a good idea to keep a map in your car to refer to just in case you get stuck!

5. Well-Planned Clothing.

If you’re the organised type, packing clothes for your weekend away can come easy. But if you’re off on a surprise getaway or unsure of what you’ll be doing, packing sensible clothing is certainly a must. Checking the weather is always a good idea before you leave so you know whether to pack lighter clothing or layers for cold weather. If you think you might head out for a nice event or dinner while you’re away, a smarter outfit change is also a good option. For the most part, a change spare change of casual, comfortable clothing that you’re happy to spend the day in will serve you very well.

6. Swimwear.

Does your hotel have a swimming pool? Maybe a steam room and sauna as well? You wouldn’t want to miss out on the delightful leisure facilities because you forgot your swimming essentials. Although you can always buy more, you can save yourself some cash by putting them on the list.

7. Entertainment.

If you have chosen not to drive and have a long journey ahead of you, having your favourite book to read can be a great way to pass the time. And if you’re not a fan of reading whilst travelling, taking some headphones to listen to music or watch videos on your phone or tablet can also be a good distraction.

*Great Little Breaks top tip: Taking a new book with you on your break might seem like a good idea, but if you don’t like it then you can end up having to buy something new while you’re away. Taking a favourite book or a Kindle with a range of options can be a lot more beneficial.

8. Plastic Bags.

Not only do bags take up hardly any space, but they can always come in handy on a short break for things like dirty laundry, wet clothing and swimwear, rubbish on your journeys and protecting your clothing from muddy footwear. Plastic Bags can also come in handy for the more thorough packers – leaky shampoo bottles are never helpful!

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