Packing for your holiday: nightmare or not? It really depends on your outlook and how organized you are, because it all comes down to planning. Packing the right clothes is a crucial part of you getting to your destination and relaxing without having to worry about how you are dressed.
There are many options to consider, the first of which is to pack clothing that is suitable for where you’re going and what you plan to do. It sounds obvious but there’s not much point heading for a winter sports destination without the appropriate clothing – and yes, you can hire skiing gear if you’re on a first-time exploration trip in the mountains.
So what are the essentials and what clothes should you take? Let’s look at some different holiday-type destinations to get a tasteof what would best suit you.
Ahhhh…the beach, the waves lapping the shore, an azure sky reflecting on the sea, the gentle breeze wafting in… and where are my beach shoes and my bathing costume and everything?!
Packing for a beach holiday can be very simple if you think through what you’re going to be doing. Often the plan is to get a nice tan, eat some good food, maybe take a trip out to see the local sights and generally relax. So you don’t need to over-pack.
Plan around who will be with you. If there are children, then think about light pajama bottoms and a T-shirt for whoever is doing that early morning shift, then swimwear and shorts for the beach, coupled with plenty of anti-bite lotion if you’re likely to be troubled by mosquitoes or other winged, biting critters.
For the evening, wear what makes you feel good and is comfortable. It depends on your environment but a loose maxi dress can be just the right choice. It doesn’t need to take up a lot of space in your suitcase, and it’s always worth taking a couple of clothes hangers in case your room doesn’t have enough.
Of course, it depends on what kind of adventure holiday you’re embarking on but you need to think carefully about what is essential. If you’re planning to do a lot of walking or cycling and aim to pushyourself physically, make sure you have a range of clothing to suit. Tops should help give you support and bottoms ought to be loose enough for exercise to be as easy as possible. Good shoes are essential, especially if you will be walking and running, so make room for at least one comfortable pair duringyour packing. It’s not a good idea to bring a brand new pair as it can take time to break them in properly, and the last thing you want to haveisblisters on the feet.
Compression clothes are also very helpful when you’re being energetic, as they can support your body as well as reduceyour recovery time. You can find information about copper fit in this newsletter so you can choose what you think will best suit what you’re planning to do.
There may be times on your holiday when you need waterproof clothing, and there are plenty of options that will keep you dry but can be rolled up to take up as little space as possible in your luggage.
As previously mentioned, you don’t necessarily have to pack heavy-duty snow gear, as most resorts dealing with winter sports will havespecialist clothing for hire. However, it’s useful to have a pair of salopettes that will not take up too much room in your case, and high quality gloves are essential. Pack an eye visor and woolly hats because when you’re off the slopes and planning some apres-ski entertainment, you still need to keep your head warm before heading for that bar, restaurant or nightclub – and whenmaking your way back!
Thermal underclothes are also well worth packing for this sort of holiday, and don’t take up a lot of space. As you’re likely to be taking a lot of exercise in the mountains,consider compression clothing for this.
Remember too, to pack some attractive evening wear for those apres-ski events; either some new clothes bought specially for your holiday or your favorites from your wardrobe.
Organize and be comfortable
Your holiday clothes need to be fit for purpose, so do some destination research, get some advice and pack accordingly. It’s a lot easier if you think ahead, and it’ll make your holiday that much better.