7 staycation ideas
A staycation is all about having a holiday in your home country. Whether it’s wet, windy or lovely and sunny, staycationing is all about making the most of what your country has to offer. From days out to weekends away, a staycation can be anything you want it to be!
Stay at home staycations
If you’re planning a staycation in your own back garden, we have the perfect ideas for you.
Outdoor movie night
You can create the ideal outdoor cinema experience with just a few accessories. If you’re lucky enough to have a projector screen and a large garden then invite your friends over for a gathering! If you have a smaller garden, a laptop will work perfect. Grab your comfy camping chairs or create a cosy area with cushions, pillows and blankets. Get the fairy lights and candles on for the ambience. All you have to do is keep your fingers crossed for dry weather! Don’t forget the snacks and drinks of course – we recommend popcorn for the authentic cinema experience.
Bring the pool to you
Paddling pools are perfect for kids who like to splash about! When it’s warm out, a paddling pool will sure cool them down and definitely keep them busy whilst you’re prepping the BBQ!
If you love to stay around the pool and bathe when you’re on holiday, you can recreate this relaxing time when you’re in your own garden. Fill your paddling pool with warm water for that sun-kissed feel, place a recliner chair close to the pool, close your eyes and you can just about get that holiday pool-side vibe and your very own summer staycation. A cocktail in hand usually helps!
Cook up a storm with a BBQ
We’ll help you get prepped with BBQs, all the essentials and top tips!
Don’t cook it cold - Remove your meat from the fridge before you prepare your BBQ. It’ll make the meat easier to cook all the way through without burning the surface.
Marvellous marinade - Marinate all your meat the night before cooking for a much better taste.
Be food safe - Always keep cooked meat and uncooked meat separate.
Boost your barbie skills with all the BBQ accessories you could need to cook up a storm.
Exploring the UK
If you’re opting to explore the rest of what the UK has to offer, we have everything you need to get prepped!
Get the car prepped
There’s nothing worse than a flat tyre half-way to your destination! Use our checklist below to make sure your car is in good shape before setting off:
- Check fluid levels. Engine oil, brake fluid, screen wash and anti-freeze topped up - Ask a family member to check your car
- Ask a family member to check your car lights are working including brake and indicator lights
It’s always a good idea to pack for a worst-case scenario, opt for blankets, water, and hi-vis clothing.
5 handy camping tips
Whether planning a weekend getaway in the sticks or a family week on a campsite, make sure you pack all the camping essentials:
- Invest in a good cool box – for food and drinks
- Don’t forget the camping sleeping mats – especially if you’re camping for more than one night
- Take extra blankets – ideal for when the sun goes in
- Pack a torch for night-time loo visits – an essential!
- Make sure you know how to pitch your tent – it’ll mean you’ll have more time for exploring!
Prepare to soak up the UK sun!
The UK weather is always unpredictable but that doesn’t mean we don’t hope for some summer sun when we’re away. Even if it’s not weather like we’d experience abroad, it's important we stay protected from the sun's rays. Our high SPF50 sun creams are perfect for protecting little ones whilst our water-resistant suntan lotions are ideal when you're planning on taking a dip. Don’t forget to pack the after sun too.
Take a picnic with you
Save time and money on your staycation by packing a picnic with you. We’ve got everything you need for the perfect picnic. Choose sturdy melamine plates and plastic glasses for a safe, reusable option. If you’re feeling extra fancy, why not add a wine or champagne glass?
Classic picnic food is the easiest choice. Start with a big salad and plenty of fresh bread, then add in the classic extras like sausage rolls and scotch eggs as well as breadsticks, pasta, potatoes, salads, crisps, cheese cubes, and sandwiches. And don’t forget the dips!
So there you have it, some great staycation ideas for you and the family to enjoy this summer! Any ideas you have for holidaying at home including your best getaway spots for UK breaks, we’d love to hear about it over on our social channels!