Spring road trips around the UK are becoming increasingly popular as we increasingly ditch our passports in exchange for some quintessentially British weather in quaint towns and cities. Whether you’re looking for a coastal retreat, a long weekend for countryside walking or a trip to one of many vibrant cities, there’s something for everyone right on our doorstep.
Staycations are a great way of exploring new places without breaking the budget, but that weather can make packing a little tricky. We’ve created some handy tips to make packing a breeze, so with a little bit of planning and checking the weather forecast, you can travel knowing you’ve packed everything you need for your local break.
From premium waterproof jackets and wellington boots, to sturdy luggage options, we’ve created a list of all of the essentials you need to take away with you. Come rain or shine, you’ll be discovering new adventures and places in style.
Waterproof jackets are undoubtably an essential for unpredictable British weather, but our stylish range of jackets from premium brands such as Rains and The North Face won’t let the rain put a halt to your travels. Classic fisherman jackets from Rains and Tretorn are a style staple this season yet still keep you dry in any downpours, as well as the Napapijri range of raincoats that have recently hit fashion heights. If you’re looking for practicality, we have a range of innovative jackets from brands including Didriksons and Columbia.
Packing a variety of shoes for changing weather conditions and terrains is an essential for any British holiday, but our hand picked range of footwear on Blackleaf provide comfort and substance without compromising on stylish details. An essential for any rural retreat is a pair of durable walking boots and waterproof wellies, whereas a pair of comfortable trainers or stylish sandals are ideal for a city escape. Currently, we love the retro styling of our Teva sandals, and Hunter wellies are a timeless choice for years of adventures.
When packing for a staycation, if you forget about the ‘bits and bobs’, you’re not alone. It’s easy to pack all of the clothing and footwear you need, but forget about accessories such as sunglasses and umbrellas. Little accessories like these take up such little space and weight it’s worth putting a variety in to combat every weather. We love our range of Blunt Umbrellas for the downpours, as well as Ray-Ban sunglasses and Mizu flasks for hot, sunny days.
Once you’ve picked everything you want to take with you on your staycation, you need some luggage to pack it all into. Fortunately, there are no baggage restrictions like you would find on overseas holidays, making it much easier to pack as much or as little as you wish. Weekender bags and duffels from brands like Napapijri and Rains are ideal for long weekends, and practical four-wheeled cases from Burton and Eastpak are perfect for longer stays or locations where you might need to haul your luggage longer distances.