Packing for a British Summer Holiday

In Britain, people always hope for a long, hot and pleasant summer, but the realities can be a little disappointing, and more often than not both visitors to Britain and people who live in the UK can find their summer dreams of long walks on the beach and suntans drowned out by clouds, rain and a never-ending chill.

The somewhat unpredictable nature of the British weather can make it very difficult to pack for a summer holiday in the country, and even Brits can find themselves at the mercy of a sudden and unexpected downpour that threatens their dreams of having a BBQ, a day at the beach, or even just a nice long walk. However, it does not have to be like this, and with a little research and planning, you will be able to pack clothes and other accessories that will help keep you cool, dry and warm during your summer holiday.

The type of weather that you're most likely to encounter during the British summer, is of course, rain. The wet weather has become one of the most famous aspects of the British summertime, with many people making jokes about the rain ruining BBQ's and sport matches, such as tennis or cricket. However, there are ways that you can tackle the rain, and while the first will be to check the weather forecast for the day before going outside, another thing will be to pack an umbrella or two in your suitcase or a smaller day bag that you can take with you. If you're traveling to a city, then a small umbrella will do, there is no need to take a large golf umbrella, as this will get in the way, and is also very difficult to pack. If you don; t want to take an umbrella, then consider taking a lightweight waterproof jacket or even a disposable waterproof poncho that you can easily fold up and put in a bag or even a pocket.

Once you've prepared for rain, it's vital that you also prepare for the sunshine, as unexpected showers are often followed by a burst of lovely, warming and surprising sun. So, remember to pack a few sun protection essentials in your bag, especially sun screen that has an SPF of at least 15 or above, and sunglasses. You may also want to pack a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and eyes from the sun's rays and also to protect your head and scalp from being burnt. If you're planning on going to a beach in the UK, then the same sun protection rules apply, so remember to reapply sunscreen regularly, especially after coming into contact with water, remember to drink water frequently, and to sit in the shade if the heat gets too much.

The great British summer can be a fantastic time to explore everything that the UK has to offer, and while the weather can be unpredictable, that does not mean that it has to ruin your holiday – just make sure that you and your traveling companions are well prepared for all possible weather conditions when you leave your hotel for the day. So whether you've booked a Darlington hotel or a hotel in London or Glasgow, make sure that come rain or shine, your holiday in the UK is the best that it can be.