Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday

4 Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday

Do you want to prepare for a summer holiday? If so then there are a few steps that you need to take. If you don’t know where to start then this guide will help to simplify things for you.

Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday - Do Some Background Research

How to Prepare for a Summer Holiday – Step 1

Do Some Background Research

An interesting fact about doing background research on your holiday destination is that it can often lead to unexpected discoveries and enrich your travel experience. For example:

  • While researching historical sites in a city, you might stumble across lesser-known stories or local legends that have the potential to add another layer to your visit.
  • Researching the cultural practices or cuisine of a region can help you better understand and appreciate the local way of life.

Background research not only helps you plan your trip efficiently but also deepens your connection to the destination. However before you plan the places you want to see and organise the things you want to do, you need to find out:

  1. What the weather is like.
  2. What the political situation is like.
  3. What currency is used.
  4. If there are any social etiquette rules you need to be aware of. For example you shouldn’t touch other people’s heads or hair in Thailand: the head is deemed sacred and the cleanest part of the body

This will give you some practical know-how on what to expect when you arrive at your destination, and it will also make it easier for you to prepare for your time there.

Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday - Check your Travel Documents

How to Prepare for a Summer Holiday – Step 2

Check your Travel Documents

Another thing you need to do is check and then copy your travel documents. Make sure that all of your travel documents, especially your passport or ID card, are up to date. You wouldn’t want to go to another country and find out that your passport is not valid as this could have major consequences. Leave a copy at home and make sure that you have a digital copy with you too. It is far better to be safe, than sorry.

Our Top Tip: Email a copy of all your travel documents (passport included) to yourself, and the people you’re travelling with. And if you’re travelling solo – add an itinerary to these documents.

Further Reading: Top 5 Travel Destinations for Students

Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday - Get Travel Insurance

How to Prepare for a Summer Holiday – Step 3

Get Travel Insurance

You don’t want to be putting yourself under more stress than what is needed so make sure that both your trip and all of your travel belongings are protected. Remember that sometimes luggage can get lost between flights, and that sometimes even a natural disaster can happen. You need to plan for the unexpected and be proactive over protection.

Taking out travel insurance will give you the peace of mind and financial protection you need to help you deal with whatever hurdle you might have to jump – and getting travel insurance is easily secured by simply booking online, or over the phone.

Depending on how far you are travelling to and of course where your travel destination is, here’s what you should be looking out for when it comes to taking out Travel Insurance:

  1. Trip Cancellation Coverage
  2. Emergency Medical Coverage
  3. Trip Interruption Coverage
  4. Lost or Delayed Baggage Coverage
  5. Travel Assistance Services
  6. Emergency Evacuation Coverage
  7. Coverage for Travel Delays
  8. Personal Liability Coverage

Our top tip: If you have more than one trip planned for the year ahead – take out Multi-trip Travel Insurance, then pop a reminder in your diary for the date you are covered to.

Further Reading: 12 Stress-Free Summer Travel Tips – Family Travel with Kids

Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday - Pack the Right Clothes

How to Prepare for a Summer Holiday – Step 4

Pack the Right Clothes 

It’s so important that you pack the right clothes for your holiday. Of course, depending on your destination and the shopping experiences there – you can always stock up on clothing and footwear items when you arrive.

However let’s take an example of travelling to a hot and sunny destination. For a holiday like this it’s important to pack clothing that helps you to cover up from the harsh rays of the sun, as well as being light and airy. For adults and children alike, this could mean a long sleeved t-shirt or shirt. Packing a light cotton shoal or scarf always works a treat too – loosely thrown over the shoulders or head and shoulders.

When it comes to SWIMWEAR. Here are our BEST TIPS:

  1. Pack brightly coloured swimwear for both children and adults – the brighter the better, with neon being the best. Why? – they’re the more visible colours in both swimming pools and the sea.
  2. Don’t pack blue, grey or white swimwear if you plan on going in the water – they’re not very visible in the water, especially in rivers, lakes and the sea.

Further Reading: How Too Much Sun Can Lead to Disaster Health-Wise

Things You Need to do to Prepare for a Summer Holiday - Choosing a Swimsuit

Choosing the best SWIMSUIT (fashion and style) for YOU will depend on your personal preference, body type, and skin tone – it’s also important to consider the quality of the fabric, the fit, and the support.

However, there are some general guidelines you can consider when picking a colour:

  1. Black – Pack a black swimsuit for lazing by the pool. It’s a classic choice for swimsuits because it’s timeless, versatile, universally flattering and slimming.
  2. Navy Blue – Similar to black, navy blue is a flattering and sophisticated option that complements most skin tones.
  3. Deep Jewel Tones – Rich colors like emerald green, royal blue, or plum can be striking choices, especially for those with darker skin tones.
  4. Bright Colours – Vibrant hues like coral, turquoise, or hot pink can add a playful and fun touch to your beach look. These colours can also be great for highlighting a tan and the safest colours in the water.
  5. White – While white swimsuits can be elegant and chic, they’re not the safest choice in the water, often don’t offer as much coverage as other colours, and sometimes, depending on the fabric, they can appear sheer when wet!
  6. Patterns and Prints – Floral prints, geometric patterns, or bold stripes can add personality to your swimsuit and can also flatter certain areas of your body. Just make sure that the pattern appears in the right places to complement your body shape and size.
  7. Neutral Tones – Nude or neutral-coloured swimsuits can create a sleek and sophisticated look, especially if you prefer a minimalist aesthetic.

Ultimately, the best colour for your swimsuit is one that makes you feel confident and comfortable and keeps you safe both in and out of the water. Consider trying on different colours and styles to see what suits you best and reflects your personal style.

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