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Holidaying in the UK? Top Staycation Essentials

29 June 2017

The UK summer is well and truly here, and we’re absolutely loving it! Yeah okay, fair enough there’s the odd drizzly day, but at least it’s nice and warm, right? These days, lots of people are stepping away from holidays abroad to spend their summer break right here in the UK.

There are loads of blogs out there to help you with your foreign holiday essentials, but what about if you’re having a family holiday in the UK? Here are our top essentials and staycation ideas for families.

Camping outdoors

Bring items to aid a comfortable sleep

Ahh… camping. A fantastically cheap and cheerful way to get back to nature and sleep (kind of) under the stars. However, we’re going to take a wild guess that you’re not quite up to a Bear Grylls standard of outdoor experience, so we recommend bringing some home comforts with you to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone.

We’re not saying you need to be taking everything but the kitchen sink, but air beds certainly mean you’ll probably get a better night’s sleep and will be ready to face the days of exploring with your little ones. Duvets can be a bit of a pain to carry and take up room in the car, so a classic sleeping bag each should be enough to keep you snug throughout the night. 

Camping holiday

Yes it does get hot, even in the UK!

We know it can be difficult to believe, but it is actually possible to get sunburnt in the UK. That’s why it’s essential to pack some high factor suncream for the kids - after all, you don’t want sunstroke to ruin your staycation!

B&M Top Tip: Mosquitoes and insects may not be as common in the UK as they are abroad, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prepare. Pack some insect repellent to help avoid those nasty bites!

But it might get colder in the evenings...

Evenings in the UK are renowned for being a little bit (or a lot) colder than the daylight hours, so it’s important to bring some items that will help keep you warm after you’ve put the kids to bed. This portable gas heater is great for providing some extra warmth whilst you’re sitting outside enjoying a tipple, and it’s light and portable too.

B&M Top Tip: Don’t forget to bring a camping chair each! They fold up easily and can be carried over your shoulder, meaning you won’t have to sit on wet grass in the evenings.

Bike ride

Bounce and play!

We love these sumo bumper balls! They’re perfect for taking on a staycation as they fold up small. The kids will love them as when they fall down, they’ll just bounce back up again!

If you’re planning to go on some bike rides during your staycation, we strongly recommend taking a bicycle repair kit with you. This means that you’ll be able to fix any minor issues that arise, plus it’s compact and should fit into a medium- sized rucksack.


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