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How To Plan A Family Weekend Away

If you’ve had to miss your family holiday this year, you might want to fit in at least a short trip or two this year. A good idea at the moment is to plan some family weekends away. A weekend trip in the UK is a great way to see a city, take a short road trip, or relax in the countryside without worrying about travel restrictions. Here’s how to plan the ultimate weekend break. 

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Decide On A Budget

Before you decide where you want to go, decide on your budget. Not everyone can spend a lot of money on these trips, so setting a budget before you start planning can help you find a break that you can afford. 


When deciding on a budget, don’t forget to include the cost of transport, accommodation, activities, sightseeing, and food. If you’re on a tighter budget, go self-catering so you can cook in your accommodation, and look for free activities. Take advantage of any memberships you might have, like English Heritage or National Trust, which can get you free entry into beautiful stately homes.


Factor In Travel Time

Think about your travel time when you decide how long you want your trip to be. If you’re driving from London to Brighton, for example, you can go with just the weekend itself, and still have plenty of time. If you want to fly up to Edinburgh, you will need a four-day trip to make the most of it. 


Book Accommodation In Advance

Book your accommodation in advance to get the best prices. It’s also a good idea to stay in the same place for your whole trips, as changing hotels can take up a lot of your time when you already don’t have a lot. 


When thinking about your accommodation options, remember that you don’t have to limit yourself to staying in a hotel if you don’t want to. You could also look into B&bs or guesthouses, Airbnbs, or campsites. Where you choose to stay will depend on where you’re going, your budget, and whether you want to cook for yourself or be looked after. For a weekend trip, try to stay to close some of the attractions that you want to visit, whether that’s the beach or a theme park, to cut down on your travel time. 


How far in advance you book will depend on where and when you’re going, but it’s usually the case that the best prices can be found a least a few weeks before you go. 


Pack Light

You don’t need a lot of different outfits for a weekend away. Pack one outfit for each day, and comfortable shoes. Pack for the destination and the weather forecast, but keep it light. 


This is especially important if you’re flying. Don’t waste time standing around at baggage claim. Pack carry-on only, so you can get straight to exploring. On your last day, if you have to check out of the hotel early, stash your case in luggage storage, so you get more time to explore, without dragging a case around with you. 

3 Items to Pack that Will Ensure Comfort While on an Active Holiday

Active holidays are a popular style of vacation with many people around the world. It can offer a more authentic taste of the destination allowing you to explore and experience so much and ensure your holiday is memorable. With that said, you don’t want to be worrying about any discomfort on your trip, as you want to be focused on the destination itself and having fun. This is exactly why this list of three items will prove to be essential when you pack.

Proper Sun Protection

Sun protection should be a number one priority if you plan on spending any time outdoors. Whether that is a beach vacation, a biking tour or a city escape where you’ll be exploring by foot, you don’t want to be dealing with a painful sunburn at the end of the day. It’s important to remember that proper sun protection is usually a multi-step approach. A few key items that can protect you from the harmful UV rays are:

  • Sunscreen of at least 30SPF or higher, and look for water and sweat resistant formulas
  • A large brimmed hat or baseball cap
  • A lightweight sweater or cardigan
  • Rashguard swimwear with built-in SPF (you can get long and short-sleeved rashguard tops)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

However, even with the best sun protection, a burn can still happen, so be sure to also pack a soothing after-sun cream such as aloe.

Comfortable and Supportive Shoes

While it may be tempting to want to rely on those stylish new shoes you purchased, unless they offer comfort and support, they probably won’t be the best option. This is especially true if your holiday includes any sort of walking, hiking and exploring that will have you on your feet for many hours a day. You need to be able to get up and feel fresh the next morning and comfortable shoes help to make that a reality.

Golden Goose Sneakers can provide you with the best of both worlds – since they are both stylish and comfortable. You can explore Golden Goose’s designs and find the one that matches your style the best. They have some streamlined and more understated designs as well as more flashy and unique options.

The Perfect Day Bag

Active vacations mean not a lot of time spent in the room, so that also means you’ll need to carry some essentials with you. Investing in a good quality bag with the following features is an excellent plan:

  • Lightweight
  • Breathable (if worn as a backpack)
  • Durable
  • Compartments for organization
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Easy to clean
  • Water-resistance

Many people find backpacks or crossbody bags to be the most comfortable to carry for long periods.

There’s no better way to ensure you have a fabulous active holiday than by planning and making sure you pack the essentials that will guarantee your comfort no matter the activity. You want to know that you’re prepared for whatever comes your way.

How To Pack Toiletries For A Holiday #Ad

I don’t know if it’s the prospect of not being able to travel anywhere, but I’ve spent a lot of time in lockdown planning future trips.  I’ve been looking at places to go to and I’ve mentally explored so many destinations.  That’s not all though, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I would travel and how I would pack for holidays.  In particular, I’m conscious that packing toiletries for a holiday is something I haven’t done that well in the past.  So I’ve been looking at ways to improve how I take care of my personal care needs when I’m away from home. I’ve also become more environmentally conscious, so I’m keen to more towards zero waste travel.
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I’ve been using soap more and more lately rather than facial washes or shower gels.  Soap is great when you are traveling as it doesn’t eat into your liquid allowance.  It also doesn’t take up very much space and if you pick out the right soap container, it can take up less space as you use it.  So it seems like a natural evolution to move towards using solid products for other toiletries too.  I have been trying out grüum’s shampoo and conditioning bars, as well as their soap.

One thing that’s impressed me is grüum’s range of shampoo bars: there are 5 to choose from.  You can pick from Brightening, Revitalising, Nourishing, Shine Enhancing, or Mild & Gentle.  There’s plenty of choice for the conditioning bar too as you can pick from Nourishing, Revitalising, Brightening, or Shine Enhancing. I’ve been trying out the Nourishing shampoo and conditioning bars over the last few weeks.  When you use the bars there’s a lovely coconut smell that has a real tropical feel.  That coconut is one of the key ingredients is a crucial part of giving these bars a luxurious, nourishing feel.  I have really enjoyed using these and my hair feels softer, better cared for too.

I love the scent of the Orange and Grapefruit body wash bar.  It’s perfect for getting you ready to face the day in the morning, but works well to revive you before a night out.  The bars are available in 6 scents: Orange & Grapefruit, Lemongrass & Hemp, Peppermint & Poppy Seed, Patchouli & Sandalwood, Aloe Vera and Lavender. As you’d expect from grüum, they are plastic and palm-oil free, plus 100% natural.  They feel very creamy when you are using them and make a perfect every day skincare treat leaving your skin feeling moisturised.  The soap seems to last well and I expect to get a good amount of use out of it.

grüum offer handy carrying tins: one size for the shampoo and conditioning bars and another for their soap bars (the shampoo bars are circular and the body bars are rectangular).  These are a good fit, lightweight and a great way of transporting the bars on your travels or even when for taking them with you when you go to the gym.

Packaging is thoughtful too for these grüum products.  It’s not excessive, just cardboard boxes for the shampoo bars and a waxy paper bag for the body bars.  There’s no plastic at all which is so refreshing to see.

Disclosure: I was sent the grüum products for the purposes of this post.