Suitcase Essentials for Summer in the Sun
Packing for your summer holiday is a task that’s all too often done at the last minute. Instead of getting an early night, so they’re ready for their early flight, holidaymakers across the country are sitting amid a pile of all the clothes they own, trying to decide just what they can fit in a suitcase and making bad decisions.
Today we’re taking a look at some of the essentials you’ll want to pack in your suitcase, ready for the summer break you deserve.
If you’re planning a holiday of poolside relaxation, there are few essentials you need to pack – a swimming costume that’s comfortable for you to spend the day in, t-shirts and shorts to cover up a little more and some poolside shoes. Men’s sliders are a slightly classier alternative to flipflops and well worth throwing into your suitcase.
If you’re going to be spending all day, every day, swimming or sunbathing then make sure you also bring sunblock. You need an SPF of over 30, and a broad spectrum protection that screens out both UVA and UVB light – the EU uses a star system to assess this, so pick a five star sunscreen and add it to your packing.
Even if you’re planning on spending your days lounging by the pool, your holiday still offers plenty of chances to get out and see the town in the evening. You don’t have to pack a suit to give yourself options for dressing up a little and making an evening out a little more special.
Simply throwing a blazer into your suitcase will give you the option of a smarter outline, and bring a bit of classic style to your evening at the taverna.
Paper guidebooks might seem redundant in a world with smartphones and tablets, but it’s well worth putting one in your suitcase. A paperback guide to the city or country you’re visiting doesn’t lose power, cost you in roaming charges and is written by experts, rather than the questionably crowdsourced wisdom of the internet.
It also gives you a helpful way to plan you trip – you can highlight the restaurants that make your mouth water and the places you’re excited about visiting, whether they’re museums, bars or beaches. This gives you a natural shortlist to pick from when you’re deciding what to do with each day.