Vacation packing tips

Vacation packing tips

modern-suitcase-MAINPacking for travel can be tricky. You want to be comfortable during the journey and still have everything you need when you arrive at your destination, all without filling too many suitcases. Pack cunningly and you’ll be prepared for anything, and still have room in your case for souvenirs.

Take a tip from the fashionistas and bring a capsule wardrobe. All this means is packing clothes that all go with each other, and can be worn in more than one situation. For instance, a shirt might be comfortable to wear with jeans in the daytime, but look smart when dressed up with a skirt and a necklace for evening wear. Be strict on yourself: do you really need more than one party dress?

For hot countries, you might get excited at the prospect of needing nothing more than a swimming costume, shorts and a couple of strappy tops. It might still get chilly in the evenings, however, and you may also want to expose you skin to the sun gradually, and cover up if you get burned. Pack some light, long sleeved wear as well, and it could also come in useful if you fancy dinner at a smart restaurant. A hat with a brim that goes all the way round your head will keep the sun at bay, and some can be rolled or folded for transport.

Do make sure you have appropriate clothes for any sites you plan to visit, as religious buildings in particular may have rules about what to wear. For women, a skirt and a long sleeved shirt, or a scarf to cover bare shoulders, is usually all that’s required to show respect.

A good way to make sure you have the right clothes whatever the weather is to pack plenty of light layers, so you can add or remove a shirt, cardigan or coat as needed. Clothes that fold up small, and don’t need ironing when unfolded, are even better.

For traveling and sightseeing, women’s and men’s shoulder bags are a really useful item. During the journey, they’re ideal for keeping money, passports, books and music players to hand, and they’re also easy to carry around while exploring. As well as essentials like your camera, water bottle, guide book and sunglasses, they can store those extra garments in preparation for a change in temperature during the day.

Escaping To Sunny Orlando On Vacation

Fun activities with the kids in Orlando


Some might describe it as the quintessential family holiday. A trip to Orlando has everything a child can dream off; theme parks, animals, sunshine, beaches and delicious food. But with such a stunning range of activities on offer, choosing what to do can prove a little daunting to non-affiliates. From Disney World to Gator Land, around every corner a distraction lies in wait. It’s easy to get distracted, to go over budget, or simply to waste time. The best idea is to plan your activities in advance. Here are some suggestions.

Prepare to be spellbound


Capture the imagination of little witches and wizards with a trip to Harry Potter’s World of Wizarding. Wander the quaint village of Hogsmeade at the Islands of Adventure, hang out in Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, or take the Hogwarts Express between the two! Sink a frothing pint of butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, or shriek with glee on the Escape from Gringotts adventure, whatever you choose to do, anyone who has read the book will be enchanted, making it the perfect activity for big kids, too.

Go back in time

Watch knights in burnished armour gallop on gleaming horses, joust and perform extraordinary feats of courage, as you cheer on your champion over a rowdy medieval banquet. At the Medieval Times dinner show, it’s perfectly acceptable to pretend you’re in Game of Thrones. Enjoy a hearty four course meal with the family from ringside seats, all in the surroundings of the Kissimmee Castle. You’ll be swept away by it all.

A night at the movies



Sometimes it can be hard to find family-friendly activities in the evening, but your little night owls should be satisfied with an evening jaunt to the drive in. The iconic Silver Moon drive in is the perfect, all-American activity if you’ve chosen to hire a car. Simply tune in your radio, find somewhere to park and don’t be greedy with the popcorn. If you happen to be in the city at the end of October, don’t miss the Orlando Film Fest; a celebration of indie flicks, with film-centric events for all ages.

Over the summer holidays, flights to Orlando can get very busy, so time your visit for the March or October break for a slightly less crowded trip. As for the weather, in the Sunshine State, you’ll find there’s rarely a cloudy day. Sound exciting? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Part of the fun is in planning your vacation, so start early, do your research and give yourself plenty of time to get excited!

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