A Snapshot To Preparing for your staycation

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Many aspects of our lives have changed in the past year, from staying at home and reducing social contact to the rise in working from home

Yet one of the biggest changes is our love for staycations. In fact, according to research, Google saw a 500% increase in searches for staycations in July 2020 compared to the previous year. However, now that international travel is allowed once more, it’s interesting that staycation bookings in 2021 have still jumped by 300%.  

If you’re planning your next staycation, you may be wondering how best to prepare. From packing the right clothing for your big hike to ensuring your car remains in tip-top shape – we’ve put together a handy guide to help you and your family prepare for your UK staycation. 

  • Prepare your travel entertainment 

With more and more people travelling by car for their staycations, you may encounter unexpected traffic. To keep the family and driver entertained for the duration of the trip, it’s important to plan some entertainment for the journey. From downloading podcasts and child-friendly audiobooks to creating a killer family playlist, you’ll want plenty of ways to keep spirits high. 

As you may be driving for hours at a time, it’s also wise to plan some stops and pack some healthy snacks and drinks to keep the family going. 

  • Pack for all weather 

If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s that British weather is unpredictable. To avoid getting caught out, it’s best to pack for all eventualities as it’s unlikely to be sunny for every day of the holiday. 

Think jackets, t-shirts, jumpers and waterproofs!

  • Check your vehicle

If you’re on a UK staycation, chances are you’ll be driving. If so, you’ll need to make sure your vehicle is prepared for a long journey. You’ll need to test the basics such as your tyres, oil levels and screen wash. 

If you find an unexpected issue with your car that throws your holiday into question and you don’t have any other options, a loan for bad credit could allow you to afford essential repairs if you are worried about your credit score. However, you should also ensure that you can meet the repayment terms if you do decide to apply. 

  • Pack for an emergency 

Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t always go to plan. That’s why it’s usually a good idea to pack some essentials in case of emergencies. Before you set off, consider packing a first aid kit and some jump leads into the car. That way you’ll have peace of mind when you leave, even if you don’t end up needing them! 

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  • Arrange comprehensive insurance and breakdown cover

Before you set off, double check your insurance documents. You’ll want to make sure both your travel and car insurance are up to date and offer the cover you’ll need for your trip. 

Although it can be stressful preparing for your staycation, a small amount of planning can put your mind at ease. From packing for all eventualities to ensuring your car is in tip-top shape, you can set off knowing you’ve done all the necessary preparation for your trip. Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your staycation!  

 

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