As a kid ‘adventure’ meant piling into our Ford Cortina Estate, me in the boot and my two older sisters in the back seat, and steaming down to the South of France to go camping. 14 hours and a no stopping rule which added a certain adrenaline to getting there!
Nowadays the choices are endless, even for the budget conscious holiday maker (start up life means that’s definitely us!)- campsites with yurts, seaside escapes in new unchartered countryside or Airbnb villas and city breaks. It’s tempting to pack the kitchen sink with the number of holiday products in the market today so avoid this by picking some smart dual purpose essentials:
For those seeking some adventure in their lives here’s our Holiday Essentials 2016 guide on what to pack – without breaking the bank – for camping, skiing or the seaside:
On the Slopes:
Kitting yourself out with skis, boots and poles can cost a ton, so rather than buying bulky expensive equipment you should borrow it or even rent it at your resort. You’ll even save on the ski carriage costs with your flight. Remember to reserve it in advance online as this often ends up being cheaper and guarantees availability.
So just invest in the essentials:
- Ski Outfit – Ski pants, Ski jacket for Men or Women for under £100, Goggles, Helmet and gloves
- Layers – thermals, a hat, ski socks and beanie
- If you want to capture your adrenaline packed moments treat yourself to a Camera and Harness like the Go Pro Ski Chest Mount Harness – fully adjustable to fit all sizes it’s for capturing video and photo footage on the go so you can get your arms, knee poles and skis in the frame. Compatible with all HD HERO Original + HD HERO2 Cameras.
According to research by the Post Office Travel Money, Eastern Europe and Italy are good destinations on a budget: “Bansko or Slovenia’s Kranjska Gora are the cheapest, (and) some eurozone resorts are also affordable. Ellmau in Austria and Livigno, Cervinia and Sestriere in Italy offer really good value.”
The Camping Weekender
Ah camping. It is relatively cheap once you have all the gear, you are at one with nature and get that feeling of pure escapism. Clearly you must take your camping essentials: tent, sleeping bag and rain tarp but here are some hidden gems:
- 2-in-1 Torch/Lantern: A torch that’s also a lantern. Genius. Lantern for dinner, torch for toilet trips.
- Air mattress: Who says you can’t have a little luxury whilst camping? The mattress that inflates via your car charger – voila! a comfy compact bed in your tent.
- The Pop up in seconds tent: There are the tents that wow and there are those that are practical. Robust, waterproof, portable, illuminating at night and quick to pop up all in one. This is the perfect camping or festival tent, especially in this ‘never know the forecast’ weather!
If your roughing it days are over you can always try a weekend of glamping.
If you’re holding out for a beach holiday this year check out Greece, the Canary Islands or Majorca, here are some handy essentials if you’re considering travelling with kids. For ideas on destinations check out On the Beach
- Travel and beach tent: We love our tent for two reasons: it’s a beach protector for the kids and a great place for an afternoon nap. The NSA range are great quality, with a built in mosquito net and UV protection and pops up/folds away into a small bag.
- Hooded beach towel: At the end of a beach day, your children will be tired and probably wet from a last minute dip in the sea. A hooded towel is great as you can scoop them up and pop them in the car for a quick snooze on the way home.
- Reversible Sun hats with velcro fastening : We bought 7 hats last holiday for the kids. In one week! They just vanish after every beach trip. Solution? Get a hat with a tie.
Want to do a better job of capturing those holiday moments? Check out expert advice and basic tips on how to be a better point and shoot photographer in our earlier blog piece here.
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