Whatever vacation you are jetting off to this year, the logistics of packing can be a nightmare. From the very first task of choosing the most suitable bag to take, to the essentials every vacation needs and finally the elements specific to where you are going and what you’ll be doing, packing can be one of the most stressful parts of travelling. Each vacation requires a certain amount of basics for a travel checklist including passports and tickets (if going abroad), medications and of course sun cream, but here The LuxPad takes a look at the special elements various types of vacations require. From active vacations to staycations, discover the 2017 Travel Checklist to ensure your vacation is as fun and hassle-free as possible…
A beach or pool vacation can be one of the easiest to pack for as the temperature will likely be soaring and therefore light clothes are a must. For the day a selection of swimwear and cover-ups will be your staple wardrobe, however make sure to pack enough smarter outfits for evenings, especially if your hotel’s restaurants have a dress code. A beach or pool side travel checklist will always include flip flops, beach bag, beach towel and a sun hat, but each year certain trends emerge for the holiday season and in 2017 – it’s all about the inflatable.
From majestic swans and shimmering flamingos, to tropical fruit, pool and sea inflatables have been stepped up this year and are a fun yet still impeccably stylish accessory to take to the water with. The heat and sun which usually (hopefully) goes hand in hand with a beach vacation requires extra care, ensure you always have a high SPF sun cream on hand, along with after sun if you do get burnt. It is also essential to stay hydrated whilst out in the heat so ensure you always have a water bottle with you to refill at every possible opportunity.
Beach Vacation Checklist
Swimwear & lightweight clothing for the days
Lightweight smart attire for the evenings
Sun cream & after sun lotion
Packing for an active vacation can always be tricky as you are most likely incorporating multiple activities in one trip, so your travel checklist needs to include every eventuality. An expandable bag is essential for this type of vacation especially if you need to take bulkier items such as cycle helmets or padded ski outfits. You will most likely need more documentation on this type of holiday too including maps, lift passes or itineraries. This is where an organizer style passport holder will come in handy to ensure everything is close at hand when you need it.
An active vacation, whilst immensely rewarding, can cause more strain on the body than your average trip, so make sure you are prepared for any cuts or scrapes, minor injuries and common illnesses by packing enough medical items for the entirety of your trip. From making up your own medicine bag to buying a pre-packed first aid kit, having this on your travel checklist will make sure you aren’t uncomfortable if your walking boots give you blisters or you take a small tumble on the slopes.
Active Vacation Checklist
Expandable or foldable bag
Activity specific essentials (helmet, walking boots etc.)
Comfortable & flexible clothing
First aid kit or medicine bag
Lightweight waterproof jacket
One of the most popular types of vacations all year round, city breaks are usually short-haul destinations and therefore require clever packing to make the most of airline in-cabin luggage restrictions. The first port of call is to find a small suitcase at the top end of the size restrictions, just make sure you have checked the exact dimensions on the airline’s website before buying. Some airlines allow you to take an additional small handbag on the plane with you, however each have their own guidelines for this. A small cross-body or backpack that can be slipped into the case if needed is a must for any city break travel checklist. This small bag is then perfect for exploring your destination instead of your usual everyday bag.
Comfort is key for a city break as chances are you will be spending all day, every day on your feet trying to take everything in. Flexible clothes that can work for day or evening will save space in your case and the influx of stylish yet comfortable sandals and trainers on the market means that you will look your best day and night on your trip. We can all get snap happy on holiday and the long days out and about on a city break can mean that phones or tablets can lose power long before you do. A portable charger is essential for a city break and will ensure you get all of the Instagramable snaps you could possibly need.
City Break Vacation
Small cabin luggage size case
Comfortable clothes suitable for day & night
Sturdy, comfortable sandals or trainers
Small cross body bag or backpack
Map or guidebook of your destination
Driving/Road Trip Vacation
Many of us long to take to the open road for our vacations and depending on whether you have to fly to your starting destination or go straight from home, it allows for more flexibility with packing. If you are flying you have to stick to your airline’s luggage restrictions, but there are still options to make road trip packing a bit easier. As it’s unlikely you will be unpacking in each destination, it’s a good idea for your main bag to be one which is instantly accessible. Duffle bags and holdalls are fantastic as they are great to transport and the main compartment can be easily accessed from the boot of a car or backseat. The key for a road trip travel checklist is to take items that will make hours spent in a car more enjoyable.
The most important thing for your travel checklist is to make sure you can take your road trip playlist on the go with you, so ensure you pack a durable lightning cable to attach your phone to the sound system. There will also be times when passengers need some much needed shut eye so they are fresh for their next driving stint, so don’t forget eye-masks and neck pillows along with blankets to make the nap more comfortable. If you are setting out on your road trip from home you can overspill your main bag and pack other items that will help you get the most out of your holiday. Items like a cooler bag for drinks and food picked up along the way can be extremely useful, along with document wallets to keep multiple hotel bookings together. The car boot is also a fantastic space to keep additional outdoor clothing such as jackets and walking shoes which do not need to be transported to and from hotel rooms each night.
Road Trip Checklist
Soft holdall or duffel bag
Small everyday bag
Outdoor jacket & walking shoes for off-road stops
They aren’t technically a trip, but a well-planned staycation is becoming an increasingly popular vacation option if for if you can’t or don’t want to leave the country for whatever reason. Fabulous for weekends or longer, a staycation is a great way to appreciate the space around you and there are a few items you can have on hand to make sure your home stay is just as fun and relaxing as a trip away. Whether the weather is marvelous or rainy, invest in a good portable speaker so that your favorite tunes can follow you from the kitchen when you are whipping up your favorite meal to the bathroom when you are enjoying a long soak.
Board games are an essential accessory for any household at any time, but they are especially perfect for staycations when you will have time for marathon gaming tournaments. If the weather is good, it is the perfect opportunity to enjoy your outdoor space or local parks. A free standing hammock is an excellent choice for gardens and is perfect for relaxing on when at home. If you are venturing further afield, why not pack a picnic rucksack, which are much more transportable and just as stylish as the classic picnic basket. Of course, it’s also perfectly acceptable to spend your staycation tucked up under a blanket binge-watching your favorite box sets too.
Short-Haul Travel Checklist
Due to current airline cabin restrictions, creating a travel checklist and packing for a short-haul trip without paying for hold luggage can be tricky. Not only do you have to make sure all items fit in your cabin luggage size suitcase (unique to each airline) but you also need to ensure that no liquids in your luggage exceed 100ml. Keeping your liquids in a separate bag to be easily removed when going through security will soothe the travelling process and put a stop to the last minute scrabble before you go through. Travel sized toiletries are a must for short-haul breaks so make sure you have everything from shower gel to contact lens solution in miniature and if you require something larger, for example sun cream for a week, you can buy a normal sized bottle once through security.
As mentioned in our city break section, each airline has a different rule on additional bags, the best rule of thumb to follow is to take a small day bag rather than a normal handbag which can be slipped into your case if you are allowed just one bag in total. At just a few hours, short-haul flights require little entertainment compared to long-haul so just pack yourself a good book and headphones to make the journey whizz by.
Long-Haul Travel Checklist
The beauty of a long-haul flight is you have much larger luggage restrictions so don’t need to be as careful with what you take – just make sure you don’t exceed your airline’s weight restrictions. In addition to your hold luggage you can also still take a cabin bag which is perfect for extra clothes or fragile items. On long-haul flights it is essential to optimize your comfort to ensure you feel refreshed at the other end. Everything from a simple eye-mask, to a full travel set also including a blanket and pillow are fabulous for popping in your cabin bag to ensure a restful trip.
A long-haul trip usually means a longer holiday which in turn means more clothes to add to your travel checklist. If there are no laundry facilities where you are staying, make sure you keep your dirty and clean clothes separate to help with unpacking when you are home. Washing travel bags are excellent for doing this and if you are travelling with another person you live with, it could also be a good idea for one of you to pack any unworn items and the other pack those that need to be washed to save time sorting when you get home.