Sun Or Ski, Country Or City? What To Pack For Your Summer Break!

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With summer on the horizon, we’re all starting to think about booking a fun vacation away. Whether you’ve been counting down the days for what feels like months on end, or you’ve only just picked your perfect getaway, you’ve probably realized that you still have a lot to think about. From the finer details of getting to the airport or booking a car for your road trip, to what you’re going to do while you’re away, there’s a lot planning for you to get your teeth stuck into to keep that initial excitement alive.

Whether you’re heading out to the beach and planning a sports vacation, hitting the city, looking to hide out in the country for a few days, or planning on practicing your skiing, you’re also going to want to make sure you pack right. Packing for any kind of vacation can be stressful. But, if you plan in advance and get a well thought out packing list written up, it can actually be a breeze. Regardless as to whether you have weeks to go or even months, start your packing list today and make sure you add in the right essentials for your sun, skin, country, or city summer vacation away.

Sun

Summer Break pool water

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Heading out on a sunny vacation is often what we all look forwards to the most. Whether you’re hoping to lay out on the beach for days on end just watching the world go by, or joining in with the laid-back beach lifestyle, there are a few essentials that you need to have with you to make your trip perfect.

Swimwear

First, when you’re going on a beach vacation or heading out into the warmer weather, you’re probably going to need swimwear. You might plan on spending every day at the beach, or even out lounging by the pool, either way; you’re going to want to make sure you can take a dip in the sea or pool at a moment’s notice. Plus, with swimwear, you can lay out and get a tan without t-shirt lines on your arms!

Moisturizer

If you are laying out by the pool or on the beach and soaking up the sun rays, you already know that you’re going to need sunscreen. So, you’re going to want to make sure you purchase the right one for your skin type before you travel. But that’s not all; you should make sure you have enough moisturizer too. When you’re in the sun, your skin can dry out. So you need to top up your levels of hydration every morning and evening.

Day To Night

Being away by the beach can often feel like a casual vacation, and it usually is. But, you may not feel comfortable in your swimwear from morning until night. At the same time, you may not want to pack a lot of formal wear for a casual break away. Instead, you’re going to want to make sure you pack light layers and cover-ups that can take you from the beach to the bar. Whether you need a beach bag or something smaller, you can also get a new bag here that will take you from day to night.

Ski

Summer Break winter skiing

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Ski trips can be the ultimate indulgence. But, you don’t have to take them in winter. Skiing in the summer can give you a good shake up if you always head out to the same sunny spots. But, remember, when you’re heading out on a ski trip, your packing essentials will look a whole lot different to packing for a week in the sun. So, make sure you don’t forget any of these must-takes.

Thermals

When you’re skiing, you might want to look cute, but your number one priority should be keeping warm. Even if you want to focus on getting fashionable outerwear and waterproofs to wear on the slopes, you should really be practical when it comes to your underwear. You’re going to need long tops and bottom, preferably thermal style, if you’re going to keep yourself warm on the slopes. And if you want to stay extra protected, you could always pack cashmere.

Camera

Okay, so you could technically pack a camera for any kind of vacation, and you should. You’re always going to want to remember the fun you had and the sights you saw. But, when it comes to skiing, you’ve got some incredible photo opportunities that you’re not going to want to miss. If you tend to use your smartphone to snap pictures, you might also want to think about snapping up a ski-worthy camera to make those shots extra crisp.

First Aid Kit

Like with any other kind of adventure holiday, you’re going to want to make sure that your safe and sound, as well as having fun. If you’re heading to a ski lodge, there’s every chance that they’ll have the necessary first aid accessories in case you should need them. But if you have a bad fall or suffer from a headache and don’t want to leave your room, you’ll be glad you packed your own first aid kit with all of the essentials.

Country

Summer Break hiking in the mountains

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When you dream of heading to a cabin by a lake or in a secluded forest, you can often imagine that peace and serenity are all that you need. But, just like any other break away, you still need certain essentials. If you’re planning a country escape this summer, make sure you think carefully about the essentials you will and won’t need!

Food

On most kinds of vacation, you’re not going to need this, as you’ll probably be eating out a lot. But, when you’re heading to a cabin in the woods or a little country cottage, you’re going to need to bring your own food. Seclusion can often be a big draw, but it also means that you need to have all of the necessary supplies with you. With no shops in sight, get yourself some cabin cooking inspiration and make sure to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner options and ingredients with you.

Entertainment

Although the allure of a serene setting might seem like you will have all you need, if you’re heading into the middle of nowhere for a week or two, you’re probably going to want to take some entertainment too. Check whether your cabin or cottage has a TV before you go. Because what could beat the ultimate movie night tucked up by a cabin fire? With pizza, popcorn and even ice cream on your food list, you can even make a whole night of it.

Survival Kit

And just like that, we’re back to talking all things practical again. But, when you’re heading into the woods or out to a lake, you need to make sure that you can be comfortable. Whether you need to get out and gather wood for a log fire or cook dinner on a camp stove, you might need to bring a few survival style accessories with you. Whether it’s firelighters or a pen knife, just be sure that you have all of the essentials before you leave. It is meant to be a relaxing vacation, after all, so try to make it easy.

City

Summer Break in the big city

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If you live in the heart of the country, or a relatively suburban town, you might be heading out into a city for the summer. Whether you are going for a few days or a few weeks, you going to need to make sure you pack smart. Yes you will have access to buy the things you forget, but to enjoy your city break as much as possible, here’s what you should pack.

Flat Shoes

First things first, when you’re heading out into the city, you have to pack for practicality above all else (there goes that word again)! Because when we’re walking ten times the amount of miles you would in a normal day, you don’t want to risk blisters or even attempt doing it in heels. So make sure you pack a comfortable pair of flats like your favorite runners or a comfy flat pump. Yes, you might take a cab, but the majority of your time will be spent walking, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Evening Wear

One of the best things about heading on a city break are the evenings. After a chaotic day spent seeing the sites, everyone loves to dress up for dinner. And what could be better than getting all dolled up and heading to a fancy restaurant? Even if you’re keeping it casual, you can still feel like a million dollars by focusing on the accessories.

A Map

Whether you’re going to New York or seeing Rome, you’re probably going to want to see all of the famous sites. But, that doesn’t mean that you need a tour guide. Before you go, just make sure you pack a handy map that you can match up with your sightseeing itinerary. Or, better yet, download an app. With it all on your phone, you’ll be able to feel like a local in no time and save money on long winded guided tours.

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