What to Pack for a Trip | AD

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Our family often goes on trips across the country. With so many opportunities to travel and learn about new locations and exclusive destinations, packing can become a routine. Since the British weather is unpredictable at best, I prefer to tailor my apparel accordingly. Rain is usually just around the corner, so the choice of clothing and shoes depends on how much time we’ll be spending outside.

What to Pack for a Trip

However, no matter where I go, there are always some essentials I don’t leave home without.

How Much to Pack?

Obviously, the bag size will largely depend on how long you’ll travel. A one-day trip doesn’t usually require more than a backpack or a duffel bag. However, a carry-on suitcase might be better for weekend getaways, and multiple bags should fit a family of four nicely. The bag of choice is also determined by your mode of travel. Going by car allows for more freedom in how much you can take, for example.

What to Pack for a Trip

Always Carry Water

If I had to choose one thing to take with me, it would have to be plenty of water. Hydration is among the most critical aspects of any trip, especially if you’re going to a more remote area for hiking or sightseeing. I prefer to carry around a larger, refillable bottle. Since the recommended daily intake is around 2 liters, a 500ml bottle you bought at the store won’t last for the entire day.

What to Pack for a Trip

Have Something to Snack On

I also never leave without at least a few snacks, especially if I prepare it beforehand. You never know how long it will be until the next proper meal.

What to Pack for a Trip

Camera Equipment

It might sound obvious, but I never go far without my trusty camera. Recording the family’s adventures is a part of what makes the experience, and I wouldn’t be able to share that with you if I didn’t have an excellent camera on hand.

What to Pack for a Trip

Layered Clothing Is In

Due to Britain’s somewhat awkward weather, I always carry a few more layers of clothing than strictly necessary. A light sweater or quilted vest are usually enough to travel when the dark clouds are only looming on the horizon (and let’s be honest, they pretty much always are). A waterproof jacket or an umbrella is certainly a must on the list to pack. It’s better to be prepared than soaking wet.

What to Pack for a Trip

Good Footwear Makes Half the Fun

While I tend to go in wellies on rainy days, more often than not the weather is kind enough to let us wear more comfortable and breathable footwear. For example, Loom footwear is a new brand that is right up my alley. The breathable, water-resistant sneakers are durable for any type of weather and terrain. I can take them up hillsides just as much as I would walk in them to the nearest shop for souvenirs.

What to Pack for a Trip

If you don’t have many slots for weather-specific shoes, then an all-around options like Loom are the perfect fit if you want to put them on and forget about them. They are also super easy to clean since they resist dirt, which is a huge plus when you have adventurous kids like me.

If you want to find out more about awesome footwear capable of ploughing through the British weather, check out www.loomfootwear.com for more information.

What to Pack for a Trip


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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