Heading Away For The Festive Period?

Heading Away For The Festive Period?

Not everyone wants to spend the holiday season at home, and more and more people are choosing to head away somewhere exotic or somewhere generally quite festive, instead.

If that’s you, great choice! Whilst being at home is a traditional way to go about things, and certainly, a warm and homely option, heading somewhere different is a great way to create memories and perhaps see how other countries celebrate Christmas and New Year’s too.

The problem with going away at this time is the rush. You might be working, you might have kids to get ready, you might have many other obligations, including buying gifts for everyone, handing them out, and ensuring that the house is okay for you to leave for however long you’re going away for! It’s a stressful time without factoring in a holiday, but it can be done!

If you’re lucky enough to be venturing away for this Christmas and New Year period, your brain might also be in packing mode. What exactly should you take for this festive time of year?

Well, it’s time to leave those novelty jumpers at home, and to this about warmth, style, and cosiness. It does all depend on where exactly you’re going in terms of what to take, but overall, there are essential you need to remember not to forget. In the midst of organising Christmas and trying not to forget to buy Great Aunt Nelly a present, you could very easily miss something you’ll need whilst you’re way.

Let’s break this down into a cold climate and warm climate. If you’re heading off to a beach, lucky you; if you’re venturing somewhere snowy, cold, or maybe a city break, you’re going to need to think a little differently.

Venturing to The Sun

First things first, remember the sun-cream! You’ve probably been shivering at home for the last few months, so you’ll need to refresh your memory on what it’s like to have a hot sun on your skin! Also, remember a hat.

Sun safety lecture over, what else do you need?

We won’t get into specifics, but let’s give you a template of things to jog your memory. 

  • Swimming gear
  • Towels
  • Hat
  • Sun-cream
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • A daytime outfit for Christmas Day - we all love something special, right?
  • Day outfits and beach cover-ups
  • Day shoes and night shoes
  • Nightwear and underwear
  • Evening outfits - remember, at a beach resort you don’t tend to get super-dressed up during the evenings, so think casual here
  • Jewellery and accessories
  • Chargers

That’s it! Don’t be tempted to go OTT! If you’re still away for New Year, you should think about what you want to wear on the big night and pack a special outfit for that.

Venturing to The Snow

Okay, so this category requires a little more bulk, and probably a bigger suitcase as a result! Cold or snowy locations need warmth and cosiness, so think casual and layered

  • Sun-cream - If you’re going skiing especially!
  • Jeans and leggings
  • Sweaters
  • Hat, scarf, gloves
  • Winter coat which will serve you for day and night
  • Boots for the day, and boots for the night
  • Jewellery and accessories
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Nightwear and underwear
  • Evening clothes - If you’re heading to a city, you’re probably going to want to be a little more dressed up in the evenings. If you’re heading to a ski resort, just think casual with a little extra glitz, e.g. jewellery
  • A special Christmas outfit, and if you’re away for New Year, another special outfit

These lists should help organise your mind a little, and get your packing sorted out before the big day of departure arrives. Remember to make sure that Santa has done his delivering before you leave, so you haven’t got disappointed or annoyed relatives and friends back home, wondering if you’ve forgotten them!

It’s also never a good idea to advertise all over your social media accounts that you’re away for the holidays. This is a time when unscrupulous thieves are on the lookout for empty homes to break into, so keep your curtains open, have someone check the house occasionally whilst you’re away, and if you are going to put anything on your Facebook or Instagram, make sure your account is set to private.

Other than that, head off and enjoy your holiday season with a difference!