Summer is fast approaching. With that comes the warmer and sunnier days and nights, or so you would hope! Following what was a bit of a wet Spring and a somewhat challenging year overall, there is no surprise that so many people are eagerly making plans for the summer.
Whether as an individual, couple, or with groups of family and friends, we feel that we deserve some carefree days ahead, particularly given what we have been through the last twelve months or so.
While that is very well the case, you want to ensure you are as prepared as possible for your plans, and that includes knowing where you are going, with whom, and what you might need for these plans.
With this in mind, we have created the ultimate guide to all things summer road trips and UK staycations right here. Detailing the must-have items for your ventures, you have found yourself in the right place at the right time.
Get your notebook to hand, and read on for more!
Battling the Elements
While we are wishing for stereotypical summer weather – think sun on our skin coupled with a light breeze and minimal rain – this does not always go to plan. If anything, it often feels like it rains when we plan for the sun, and vice versa!
However, when making plans for your upcoming summer events, it is crucial that you consider both sides of the spectrum here. Particularly if you are hosting or attending an outdoor event, it is recommended that you take waterproof items and an umbrella, as well as items associated with being in direct sunlight.
Sun cream – which should be applied regularly – and adequate amounts of water are always recommended. Coupled with clothing that can keep you covered during peak sunlight hours, and you will be reading and raring to go.
What is considered necessary will vary from one person to the next, as well as based on the event or plan that you will be attending. For example, for those with babies and toddlers, necessities could include such things as spare nappies and cleaning wipes. Whereas, for those with disabled or elderly members of their party, this could consist of mobility devices and any relevant medications.
At the same time, what is considered a necessity goes beyond these types of parameters and needs as well. For example, if you smoke or use a substitute cigarette, then naturally, you would want to ensure that you have the right resources with you to fulfil this craving.
Nicotine e-cigarettes and associated substitutes, provided by the likes of Podsalt and other companies, are ideal for those who are looking to go on adventures but while also in the midst of giving up smoking. So don’t let those temptations take over while out and about, and be prepared for whatever stresses you might face.
Furthermore, ensuring you have a sizeable amount of food, drink, and other forms of sustenance for your journeys is paramount. The last thing you want is to become lethargic or have children in the back of your car complaining they are hungry!
Take plenty of your favourite food and drink, and don’t forget to store them in cooler bags wherever applicable! Concerning keeping things in the appropriate bags and packaging, this leads us to the next point.
While no one likes to think that they will ever be in an accident in their lifetime, there is no guarantee. We recognise that any accident can be challenging to predict, let alone to prepare for. Although, with that being said, those of you venturing out and about with children are most likely used to them falling over and cutting or grazing their hands and knees.
Ensuring you have a medical kit in your car, filled with the things you would need to handle this type of thing – think plasters, antibacterial cream, and soothing cream – and you will be prepared for any grazed knees and teary faces that come your way.
Furthermore, having more niche items, like those for treating bug bites and burns, are also recommended. Covering all the potential bases will ensure you are as prepared as you can be at the moment.
Emergency first aid kits needn’t just contain items relating to treating any injuries you might have. For example, if your car breaks down, you will naturally want to have something to power your car and anything else. Having jump leads, contact numbers for recovery services, and flashlights are also recommended.
While we feel confident and hope that nothing like this happens to you while you are out and about on your ventures, there is nothing to say that it won’t. So, ensure you are as prepared as possible, and your days out will go without a hitch!
Lastly, enjoy yourselves! This summer is one that we feel we all deserve and which we have earned. So, let’s make the most of it, shall we!