The summer holidays are now officially underway. Whether you’re organising a staycation with a few day trips here and there, or you’ve booked a break to local lands or faraway fields, these travel items will make getting out and about that much easier.
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Packing for any kind of break can cause massive headaches. You want to prepare for every eventuality and ensure you have enough clothes and underwear for the duration of your break. You may also have your partner and children’s to organise too, and limited space to do it. This is all before even considering space for any souvenirs or shopping too. So, we sought out a solution to our packing nightmares with packing organisers.
We were overwhelmed by the choice out there. But we will say there are tons of websites that have seemingly great products but reviews that tell quite a different story. Of all the ones out there, we love Eagle Creek’s selection. These guys are the travel experts. They’ve really thought about what every traveler, whatever their hobbies or holidaying preference, may need.
With the designated pockets, you can fit twice as many items into your suitcase than before. And we know this to be true because we tried it! We found items are a lot easier to find and it makes it easier to separate the clean from the dirty. Though they’ve got incredible, double sided cubes to help you achieve that too!
Where previously, my partner and I, would have fit 2 weeks’ worth into one and a half suitcases, we can now comfortably fit everything into just one suitcase. That leaves lots of opportunities to shop whilst away or simply take a few extra bits if I to. Or, in some cases, save that extra expense on the additional suitcase.
The packing organisers we highly recommend:
- Cubes/Compressions Cubes/Clean & Dirty– for squeezing in twice as many t-shirts, shorts, trousers and/or dresses. Also perfect for keeping a spare set of clothing in your hand luggage in case your suitcase goes awry.
- Shoe Sac single or multi– because shoes do need covering in your suitcase and these are a far better alternative to carrier bags. Although you’d assume you could only fit one pair in the the single sac, you can squeeze in a few if you’ve got small feet or are taking sandals, flip flops etc.
- Garment folder– for your dresses and shirts (or any item) you want to stay as crease free as possible. It allows you to fold several items together and help them stay crease free.
- Sac M– is a must have for underwear. It keeps everything compact and you can transfer it straight into your hotel rooms drawers/cupboards for hygiene purposes. Or could be used to store cables, devices etc. whilst travelling. eCubes are great for this purpose too!
An essential item for traveling abroad is a set of digital luggage scales. As the packing process for a holiday is already pretty stressful, the last thing we want to experience is getting to the airport and realising we’re over the limit. There is nothing worse than a frantic reshuffle of clothes from one case to the next, or stuffing things into already over packed hand luggage. Or worse, having to throw stuff away or pay the excessive baggage charges.
At least with a discreet pair of scales, specifically designed for luggage, you can avoid this fanfare at your departure and arrivals airport. For less than £10, the scales will pay for themselves as you can ensure you get it right every time, avoiding fees of up to £85 each way.
We personally recommend the Go Travel Digital Luggage Scale as it’s so simple to use. You turn it on, loop the scales strap through the handle on the case and lift. It stabilizes for you and gives you an accurate reading that’s easy to understand.
We’d recommend allowing for a few extra lbs, just to give yourself some wriggle room.
Travel handheld fan
We’re getting much hotter summers than we’ve experienced in a long time. But even on an overcast day it can still be pretty uncomfortable. If you’re travelling with children, they can get awfully grouchy if they’re too warm, which I am sure you’re all too aware of.
If you’re off to a theme park for the day, likely to spend lots of time in the car and potentially caught up in a long delay or breakdown, and/or off to a festival, carrying around a couple of handheld fans will ensure you still have an enjoyable time and helps to keep the body temperature down, reducing the risk of heat stroke.
Of course, there are the cheap and cheerful handheld fans you can find in most supermarkets, but the battery life is poor so entails lots of expensive replacements and they’re not that effective in any case. So, to try and find something with more lasting effect and better results, we tried a couple out and for us, the EasyAcc handheld fan came out top.
Firstly, it comes with its own rechargeable battery that you simply plug into a USB outlet when it needs more charge. You can get devices for the car to allow you to recharge through the cigarette lighter or power packs to charge on the go. You can even use it at your desk and plug it into your computer.
Secondly, it has 3 power settings to it. You’ll get a longer battery life on it if you’re using it on the first setting, which by itself is powerful enough to take the heat off. But for those particularly hot moments or days or when you’re at threat of overheating, settings 2 and 3 really do cool you down and keep you feeling fresh.
Thirdly, the handle is adjustable so that you can have the fan sitting up on a table, shelf etc., ideal for use at the office or resting on a picnic bench if you’re sitting down resting a while.
All in all, it’s an excellent product that will make a difference to your travelling or day out experience. Much like the travel organisers, there are several counterfeit products out there so just practice caution when looking around.
Planning on a summer full of adventure? Taking a trip to a water, theme or attraction park? Or perhaps you’re planning on taking your kindle to the beach to catch up on your reading? If so, you want to be able to have the summer you’ve dreamed of without fear of damaging your devices and the expense that comes with that. Thankfully, there is a workable solution in waterproof cases!
The beauty of these transparent cases is it still allows you to access the touchscreen on your smart devices whilst protecting it. Wherever you are or whatever you’re doing, your device is as functional as you need or want it to be.
It’ll also keep the sand out of the charge port, headphone socket and small buttons, and it’s waterproof/tight up to depths of 30 meters. Allowing you to capture photos/videos or use your phone, however you need or want to. Additionally, they come with wearable straps to allow you to keep your device close at hand at all time and take it wherever adventure leads.
I am someone who needs to wear a prescription for distance and although I wear lenses occasionally, I do wear glasses most of the time. As such, buying a pair of sunglasses isn’t as simple as visiting a local Sunglass Hut, department or clothes store. I have to head to an optician. But usually, the styles here are limiting. Why should my need to wear glasses restrict the style that I am wearing?
There are many online retailers offering prescription glasses and sunglasses. You can even go to brands like RayBan and buy prescription direct. But it comes at a pretty hefty expense. Of course, there are sites that offer much cheaper alternatives, but lots have bad reviews or there’s the obvious concern of what if they’re not right, or don’t suit.
We couldn’t believe our luck when we came across Sunglasses Shop. They have a wide variety of RayBan and other designers that you can get in prescription and which are extremely reasonably priced (the best on the market that we could find). You can also get all those fancy additions such as polarised or transition lenses. But for most designers (some exclusions apply), you have a 30 day returns policy and you can return your glasses for whatever reason for an exchange or refund. As an approved stockist for all their brands, you get total peace of mind with what your buying.
I felt so confident in what they were offering I bought a pair of sunglasses and have been so pleased with glasses and service and would absolutely recommend them.
If you’re in the throes of planning your next vacation and just don’t know where to go, our travel guides can sure provide inspiration.