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The staycation is set to reign supreme once again this summer. But whether holidaying at home or overseas, there’s one challenge that you simply can’t avoid – packing.

There’s no doubt an art to packing. Realistically you can’t bring ‘everything but the kitchen sink’. In fact, with our serviced apartments you don’t have to thanks to the fully equipped kitchen and homely feel you’ll get as part of our staycation packages.

There’s still lots more to pack to help you feel comfortable in your new surroundings, and well prepared to enjoy all the activities and experiences your staycation destination has to offer. Without further ado, we’re here to share our top tips for packing for your staycation.

Start with a lightweight suitcase

Whichever destination you’ll be winging your way to this summer and whatever your mode of transport, there’s logistics to think about. You don’t want to waste time or energy lugging around a heavy suitcase, so it’s a great idea to invest in a lightweight alternative.

Incredibly, hard shell suitcases weigh on average 4kg more than lightweight alternatives, which is extra weight you just don’t need when travelling to and from your staycation destination.

Their flexibility also makes light work of the trickiest spaces to make every part of your journey a breeze, as Travel Off Path details:

“When you haven’t stuffed your soft luggage to the brim, it can actually be crammed into much smaller spaces than you ever thought possible. Unlike hard cases, material cases have so much extra flexibility, making them a more versatile choice all around. Soft luggage fits easier into the trunk of taxis, overhead bins, under the bed on a cruise, and tons of other places you’ll encounter on your trip.”

Pack those all-weather essentials

The great British weather is as unpredictable as it gets. Make sure you’re not caught out on your upcoming trip by packing those all-weather essentials.

A good quality raincoat or waterproof jacket will mean you’re prepared for anything and able to explore your destination comfortably, even on those rainy days.

Keep your choice of waterproofs lightweight and compact where possible. You could even carry a foldaway waterproof jacket with you to stay warm and dry during unexpected downpours.

Choose comfort over anything else

This top tip of course depends on the type of staycation you’ll be indulging in this summer. If it’s a classic city break, it’s safe to say that you’ll be doing a lot of sightseeing. Pack a pair of super comfortable shoes, noting your itinerary to ensure your footwear suits the occasion.

Arm yourself with a good pair of walking boots for hikes, or trainers for strolls and park walks. Comfy heels or dressy sandals also allow you to take in the nightlife, without cutting the night short due to foot pain.

Be smart with day-to-night wear

Staycations see many of us head straight out to dinner after a day of sightseeing. Make sure you look your best from day to night by choosing a few outfits that are suitable for both. Here are a few day-to-night outfits to get you started.

With summer coming up and the weather warming, midi dresses make great outfit choices. They can be paired with trainers in the daytime to see the sights comfortably and stylishly. Simply swap your trainers for those dressy sandals you packed earlier to smarten up the look for dinner and drinks.

Layer looks like a pro

Layering is a city breaker’s best friend. It allows you to be comfortable all day long without nipping back to your serviced apartment for a change of clothing.

Pack lots of layered looks, which can be taken off during those sunny spells and put back on when the evening draws in.

Don’t forget those COVID must-haves

During times like these, your safety is of the utmost importance. Make sure you and your family are COVID-safe wherever you travel to by packing those COVID essentials. Masks, pocket-sized disinfectant wipes, and sanitiser are all staycation must-haves.

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