Packing Tips For Your Next Countryside Family Getaway

While the UK countryside is known for its unsurpassed natural beauty, it also has a reputation for boasting some of the most temperamental weather conditions in the world. As it is quite possible to experience all four seasons in a single day, it’s important to pack with various weather conditions in mind, regardless of the time of year.


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If you’re planning to go on holiday with a big family in tow, this could very well result in nearly your entire household being packed. Thankfully, a few basic guidelines will help you distinguish between what you definitely need to pack and what can be left at home.

Opt for clothes that can be layered

As the temperature in the countryside can rise and drop considerably within minutes, layering your clothes is definitely the best option. Basic layering essentials for the girls include comfortable bottoms such as jeans and leggings, slim-fitting short-sleeved shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts, fine-knit jerseys, and a jacket. A shawl or wrap can also come in very handy when you feel a chill in the air, and they’re typically versatile enough to wear with anything from your favourite jeans to a stylish evening dress. Men will follow the same basic layering principles, while also including a couple of long-sleeve button-ups and at least one heavy-duty jacket for outside wear. Where possible, opt for simple layers for children to prevent going to the bathroom turning into an absolute nightmare for them.

3 pairs of shoes are enough

As tempting as it may be to pack every pair of shoes your family owns for your journey, there’s no need to pack more than three pairs of shoes (and your wellies, of course). Ideally, you want to have a pair of shoes, such as sandals, to wear inside and outside when it’s sunny, a pair of comfortable walking shoes or trainers, and a pair of dress shoes for more formal occasions. If you’re going on holiday during the winter, you may want to swap out your sandals for boots, and try to squeeze a pair of warm slippers into your luggage as well.


Make a list of the essentials, and stick to it

Embarking on a family holiday in the countryside is one way to test just how much luggage you can fit in your car. As you don’t want to overload your vehicle, it’s important to make a list of all the essentials you need to take along and stick to it. Basic toiletries such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion will undoubtedly be at the top of your list, alongside mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Other important things to remember include medication, contact lens solution, and a basic child-friendly first aid kit. Even though your descent into the country is an attempt to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the chances are that no one in your family will survive a day without their mobile phone or other electronic devices. For this reason, there is nothing more important that needs to be packed than enough chargers to keep all devices charged and ready to use at all times.

The English countryside undoubtedly makes for a fantastic family break. By knowing what to pack, you can make your holiday not only increasingly less stressful, but a lot more enjoyable as well.

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