Few staycations are as enjoyable as the cottage holiday. Whether you choose the countryside, coast or town, English country cottage breaks go unrivalled among us Brits.
However, when it comes to packing, you need to make sure to pack a few essentials in order to really make the most of this enviable holiday. From energetic activities with walking boots to peaceful waterside reading, using this checklist to pack for your next cottage holiday will guarantee that it is one to remember.
1. A coat
As popular as summer holiday cottages in Hampshire are in the peak season, that by no means suggests that the British weather will not be up to its usual tricks. To make sure you don’t get caught short, be sure to invest in quality waterproof coats for the whole family. Trespass make a fantastic selection of waterproof jackets and coats just perfect for the countryside break away. In this guide they have provided Hideaways with their exclusive recommendations:
• The Waterproof Packaway Jacket “A packable waterproof jacket is certainly perfect for short weekend breaks as they can be tucked into a suitcase and won’t take up too much space if the weather turns out to be unusually sunny.” - Trespass
2. A Dryrobe
If you’re heading a bit further afield and are looking to venture into the surf during your seaside holiday, nothing is better than the Dryrobe for keeping warm when you’re getting changed. Their newer designs take the form of a poncho-styled towel and are waterproof on the outside with a fleece material on the inside to keep of the wind and rain so there are no excuses not to make the best of the British great outdoors.
Here’s Devon-based surfer Andrew Cotton styling the Dryrobe and if you needed more inspiration to get into the water during your next coastal break, take a look at Cotton mastering this huge wave at Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal in 2014.
3. Walking boots
No cottage holiday by the coast or in the country is complete without taking a nice long walk. Be prepared and make sure you have bought and broken in a quality pair of walking boots. Trespass recommend the following for active holidays:
4. A camera
To capture these great experiences be sure to invest in a suitable camera that can be used in all weathers. With Britain being Britain, it is always wise to look into the purchase of a camera that is suitable in the wetter weather. Here UK and Ireland action camera specialists Action Cameras provide us with their recommendation – the Drift Ghost-S.
• “For travelling across England, we heavily recommend the Drift Ghost-S, it's a top video/photo quality camera and very easy to use thanks to a built in screen (Live view, Playback and settings), a remote control and a rotating lens to level the shot. It also has one of the best battery life of the market and is 3m waterproof without a case.” – Action Cameras Ltd
5. A bike
Next to walking boots, a mountain bike is an equally important bit of kit to take on a cottage holiday in Britain. Scott Sports have a fantastic selection that includes bikes for all terrain, accessories and safety equipment.
6. Picnic basket
For a slower pace during your holiday that still making the most of the great outdoors, there is nothing better than packing a picnic. My Picnic Days can offer some fantastic inspiration by way of hampers and picnic sets, and it is always worth taking a look around the local shops for some fresh produce to try. So pack a blanket and get exploring for that perfect picnic spot.
7. A dog travel bed
Thinking of taking Scooby along? With the help of K9active you can! Their fantastic selection of outdoor and travel dog products make the whole process of taking your dog on holiday easy and enjoyable, and with the fantastic selection of pet friendly properties at Hideaways there is no excuse to leave them behind.
Here K9active provide us with their top recommendations for travel dog beds, but it is worth remembering that they also have some great travel food bags and bowls.
• “The Mt Batchelor Pad is our best-selling dog travel bed a wonderfully hardy and comfortable dog bed that rolls up for the trip. After a long day hiking any dog will be more than happy to return to this cosy bed. Easily washable and hardwearing material even makes the Mt Batchelor Pad perfect for the dog that has spent a day in the sea.” – K9active
8. A good book…or two
Holidays are meant for relaxing, so be sure to take a good book or two so that you can read in the midst of some fantastic views. Kobo has a fantastic selection of e-readers so that you can take more reading material without taking up any additional space, and the new Kobo Aura H20 is perfect for British holidays as it is fully waterproof and dustproof.
9. A fleece
To stay warm on land you would be wise to pack a thick fleece or two. Trespass has a great selection of these too, which are great for layering underneath a waterproof or lightweight jacket. The Trespass fleeces are both warm and great value so you might want to pick up a couple for your next trip. Here are their recommendations:
• “The Masonville and Louviers microfleeces are available for both adults and kids. A fleece is great for keeping warm during a variety of activities, and it can be easily layered underneath a waterproof jacket.” - Trespass
10. Entertainment for the kids
Finally, there’s nothing worse than the kids getting bored whilst on holiday. Whether that be during the car journey or due to poor weather, the guys at Mulberry Bush ensure that the little ones will only be yawning come bedtime. Here they give us their recommendations for keeping the kids entertained during your next holiday cottage break.
Image Credits: Trespass, Dryrobe, ActionCamers Ltd, My Picnic Days, K9active, Kobo, Mulberry Bush