6 Essentials to Take on a Day Trip

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Planning for a trip is a great motivator for us all. It’s something we can look forward to during the working week, no matter whether our adventure will be just a few hours away from the home or further afield. It’s also fun to discover new places or get joy from a destination you’ve enjoyed many times before.

Yet, on a day trip, there will be many different things you’ll need to take with you, even if it’s just a quick visit – it could ruin your day even if it’s just a minor item. So here are a few of those pieces you might need to make your next day trip a success.

1. Sunscreen

You can still get burnt even on overcast days – particularly on the beach, as they are usually exposed to the elements. So make sure that you have some sunscreen that’s a sensible factor for your skin, and is also waterproof.

2. Rubbish bags

Check that you collect up all of your rubbish so that you can take it away with you and dispose of it responsibly. Many places will have recycling bins for you to use but, if there aren’t any available, then you can take it home with you and can dispose of it correctly.

3. Clothes

If you’re having a great day, you might decide to stay outside even when the sun sets. So make sure that you take a jumper or other covering for your shoulders, or to help wrap up any sleep children. A spare outfit may be a good idea too, as you never know when you need to change – especially with small children! A sun hat is essential for younger ones as well: it will keep them cool and protect the delicate scalp skin from burning.

4. Water and food

Water is one of the most important items to take, as you can stay hydrated and reduce the likelihood of getting sunstroke. You can also ensure your energy levels are kept up – along with your blood sugar – because it can be tiring to stay out all day. Take your own snacks, in case your destination isn’t well equipped with places: using a soft cooler will mean your treats and drinks will stay cold for hours.

5. Neck pillows

This can be one of the most overlooked parts of packing for a journey, especially if your next place will take a bit of traveling to get there. Considering your comfort will make a great difference to the trip, and neck pillows are a great way of ensuring you feel good.

6. A power bank

Cell phones are great at keeping you connected, but also for taking plenty of pictures. However, they can start to run low on battery quickly – so a power bank can keep you charged while you’re out. It means you don’t have to seek out a power outlet, and most larger power banks can offer you up to five charges for your device.

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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