Guest Post* // Suitcase Essentials for a Winter Sun Break

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off for some winter sun this year, then lucky you! When the autumn and winter months kick in, there’s nothing better than escaping to sunnier climes and if you have the good fortune to be doing just that, then make the most of it. If you’re wondering what to pack, it’s understandable – packing bikinis and vest tops when the weather at home is so questionable can be a difficult thing to fathom. To help you, here are a few tips on what to pack for your winter break.

By the Pool
Let’s face it, one of the main reasons we jet off to a holiday destination abroad during the winter months is so that we can laze by the pool and soak up the rays that we wouldn't be privy to back home. If that’s not enough, the miles upon miles of sandy beaches are usually on the doorstep too, giving us plenty of opportunity for moonlit walks, sunning ourselves on sun loungers and building sandcastles.
For this, you’ll need a bikini or one-piece (the swimwear at George is great quality and very reasonably priced), some sunglasses and a sunhat of some description. If you have the space, a beach towel would also be worth taking, although usually, you can use a hotel towel which will do the job just as well. Don’t forget the suncream either!

If, like many, you couldn't bear to spend the entire time by the pool and you need to explore the area a little during your stay, some excursions or day trips will be in order. You need to dress sensibly if this is your plan, because you’ll likely be out and about all day. Sundresses and maxi dresses are perfect for daywear, as are shorts and strappy tops. Take some suitable walking shoes, such as trainers, if you’re heading out all day, or some sandals if you’re popping into the local town. Take a layer or two with you as well – something that can cover your shoulders if you were to catch the sun, or if a sea breeze emerges.

The great thing about sundresses and maxi dresses is they can be dressed up for the evenings too, which is perfect if you have to travel light. Take some accessories that will complement your outfit and some wedges to give your chosen dress a lift.
Take a pashmina or shrug too – it can get chilly in the evening and you don’t want to be sporting goose pimples if you don’t have to! While these items are the bare minimum, you get the picture. Don’t forget the camera either – you’re bound to want to capture some of your holiday moments to remember! Take the opportunity to lie back, relax and catch the rays; the UK isn't lucky enough to have as much sunshine as some other parts of the world, so you may as well make the most of it while.

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