When planning a holiday it is hard to decide what to take with you, but your early clues will be what kind of holiday you plan to have. To help with a dilemma or two, we will discuss here three things that you should always take with you on holiday in one form or another.
This might seem like an obvious one as there are few holidays where clothes are not needed, and even when they aren’t you would still have to commute there, but we do need to think a little about the type of clothes that we take.
Climates that have the potential to be warm are not always that way. A sweltering hot day can end up a very cold night. Weather extremes are more likely with climate change, and as weather can be unpredictable in our own country, so can it be abroad. More so, when certain places are prone to tropical storms. So, you might want to consider clothes that will keep you dry as well as ones you intend to get wet while wearing, such as bathing costumes.
So, where might I need to allow for a tropical storm? I mean, in which countries might there be a sudden and unexpected downpour? In the UK, that might be considered Wales, as what is happening on one side of a mountain may not be what is happening on the other side of it. In terms of abroad, writing this from a UK perspective, tropical cyclones occur in various regions around the Pacific Ocean. This means that they will affect the coastal regions such as Mexico, as well as northeast Australia, southeast Asia, and the South Pacific islands. So, prepare for anything when you visit them.
In terms of either keeping cool or warm, pack a bikini if allowed where you are visiting, but also pack some warm clothes to put on top of it at night. Pack in a minimal way by having outfits that will cover a multitude of situations. Flip-flops have the advantage of not taking up much space as footwear when you want more room for clothes. Short dresses have less material to accommodate, where appropriate, and shorts are more space-saving than long trousers.
Mobile Phone or Cell Phone
Whatever we call it, and despite it being the thing that stops us from relaxing, it is still a good idea to take a mobile phone on holiday with you. When in a strange place, it is a means of summoning help as much as its GPS will help with navigation. Its potential for disturbance is a small price to pay for the peace of mind it provides in allowing us to not be cut off from the world wherever we are. At home it might be an extension of our right arm, whereas on holiday it is our right-hand man or woman, so to speak. The true definition of a right-hand man, by tradition, being someone who is always there for us and by our side. Someone by our side thinking and acting for us when we need help and support. Okay, mobile phones have not quite got that kind of artificial intelligence yet but they are something to turn to for help when it comes to searching for advice on just about everything.
Now again, it is not so much whether we need a suitcase, because we will, but more what kind of suitcase we need. So, let us consider the different types for our convenience.
Hardside Luggage. These cases are when you want to keep everything dry in the case of a downpour. They are manufactured with waterproof shells as well as being made from durable material for using time and time again for your holiday.
Softside Luggage. It is useful if you are prone to overpacking to have a more flexible suitcase. Also, these types of cases offer exterior compartments that will allow holidaymakers to house last-minute items outside of what is packed inside the main suitcase.
Wheeled Luggage. Wheels are a useful feature on a suitcase that contains heavy items. They can allow you to get about faster around the airport when you are trying to catch a plane.
In terms of the different materials that suitcases are made out of we can choose between ABS, 100% polycarbonate, polycarbonate composite, nylon, or polyester. ABS stands for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene. It is a solid plastic that is almost as strong as polycarbonate. The 100% polycarbonate is both durable and light and its composite equivalents offer a budget-friendly compromise. Nylon is good for soft suitcases because it is very durable and has an abrasion-resistant finish. Your suitcase will need to cope with a lot of handling. Then, finally, polyester will be both lightweight and resilient as an alternative suitcase solution.
To conclude, choosing your clothes carefully will be important when going on holiday. It is not about the amount that we take but what use the clothes will be in the case of inclement weather. Taking a mobile phone should prove to be more of a peace of mind than a disturbance, as long as we resist the urge to keep looking at it. Then when it comes to housing everything there is a multitude of options to consider. For instance, do we go hard or soft, and then what material should we opt for? We hope this article answers more questions than it raises and, at the same time, hope that your holiday will be everything that you had hoped it would be. It will help to have given the packing process as much thought as possible.