Do you always zoom off to weekend getaways to escape the city’s woes? Is a family drive to the nearest hill-station or beach something you always look forward to? Here’s the perfect guide to make it even more fun (and safe!).
It doesn’t matter if you’re planning a getaway with your family for visiting friends, relatives, a wedding or simply a relaxed weekend at the farmhouse. If you’re the kind of person that can’t be in the city on weekends – this guide is perfect for you.
There is nothing too complicated about this getaway. And the purpose is to chill for this long weekend and to come back with refreshed senses, ready to face the killer Monday.
We all know that nagging are-we-forgetting-something voice that spoils most of the fun. We don’t want you to stay panicked during most of your outing.
So, here’s a checklist of a few things for you to make the most of this coming getaway and all future weekend getaways.
No we’re not talking about travel insurance. But did you know that your insurance could save you in case something unsavoury happens to you on this weekend getaway? It’s often ignored and that’s why we’re starting with this today! Your motor insurance can cover you against several mishaps that you could face on the highway!
Car broke down during the weekend getaway—what will you do? Needed to call emergency transport in the middle of nowhere? Had to stay in a hotel next to your broken-down car? Your insurance can cover the expenses of such random happenings with something called an ‘Emergency Conveyance & Hotel Stay Cover’ which doesn’t usually cost much when it comes to a premium.
So if you’re a regular traveller between cities for work or a weekend tripper—it makes complete sense for you to buy the Emergency Conveyance & Hotel Stay Cover with your motor insurance or simply have it added as a cover the next time you’re renewing your insurance.
Imagine how much that could help you if that expensive outstation taxi and unplanned hotel stay could be covered by a motor insurance. Didn’t think of that did you? Well now that you’re smarter, go and get that ‘Emergency Conveyance & Hotel Stay Cover’ before even leaving town!
Luggage is basically everything you carry on the weekend getaway. Pick a lightweight, easy to carry around travel bag. Avoid the one with broken wheels and handles. Duffel bags or wheeled backpacks offer ample space and are convenient to carry around. Keep some extra space to bring back the souvenirs, local snacks, or just impulsive shopping back. Pack essentials in a separate zip-loc pouch. Do not overload the baggage as you may as well pick some fresh fruit or veggies from the local (and possibly organic) farmers that you may run into. An expandable tote bag usually works best for things like this.
If you are going for a wedding, heels and those leather shoes can be a go-to, but for a casual weekend getaway, go for comfortable sneakers, flip flops or sandals. During winters, sturdy boots without heels would be the best options for you and your family. Then again, if you are adventure enthusiasts, hiking shoes are the way to go. We’re not asking you to carry the entire shoe cabinet—just or two pairs that fit the occasion.
Toss in your favourite pair of jeans, a couple of casual tops or tees that can be worn for the whole day. There aren’t many options for boys apart from tees or collars. But for girls, there are infinite options that are classy on style plus light on luggage like a button down dress shirt.
Make sure to pack extra night clothes, socks and inner wear—you never know when you’re jumping into a pool or river on this weekend getaway. Comfort will always beat style on the weekend getaway—you’re here to unwind and relax—keep the fancy stuff home. While packing, your clothing can be rolled and compressed to save up on space. A few other things can be packed along in case you like to be proper.
Health is a must, however, it is often overlooked while travelling for a weekend getaway. Pick the smallest packaging for toiletries. Keep a separate zip-loc bag for the same. Things that you can do without should be left behind. Remember, it would be more convenient for everyone if luggage is less. Things like a sanitiser or wet wipes should be kept on the front pocket, in the glove compartment or in a fanny pack.
Toiletry essentials you should ideally have are (just make a bag once and keep refilling the used stuff):
Packing is last-minute ritual for most weekend getaway travellers, but plan ahead and save yourself time and money. Pack light and travel with a minimalist approach. Leave out those just-in-case pair of jeans for this weekend getaway. Immerse yourself in the culture of the place and respect their customs. And most importantly, do not forget to have a great time. In the end, that matters the most.
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