The Essential Summer Holiday Packing List

Holidays are meant to be relaxing, but there is nothing more frustrating than leaving one of your ‘essentials’ at home. Here is a helpful list of five essential items to pack when going on your next summer holiday to help you stay healthy and happy, whether you’re bush, beach or city bound.

1. Insect repellent

As the beautiful summer weather rolls in, many people want to make the most of it by spending the long sunny days outdoors. Unfortunately, this also means more encounters with mosquitoes and other insects. In order to keep enjoying the Australian weather with minimal insect bites, it’s important to pack a good quality insect repellent – look for one that contains DEET or picaridin.

Make sure you think about what you are going to be doing when choosing which repellent to take. For instance, small roll-ons or insect bite sprays are convenient to slot into handbags or day-packs, whereas coils are useful if you’re going camping.  Remember to always carefully follow the product instructions.

2. First aid treatment for stings and bites

Sometimes bites and stings just can’t be avoided — so it’s useful to have an insect bite first aid such as Stingose on hand. Stingose gel and spray provide fast relief from the pain, itching and swelling associated with most stings and bites, from mosquitoes to bees and even nettles. They’re suitable for use on children over 12 months, making it perfect for the whole family.

Some insect bites may cause allergic reactions — so if you or your family show any signs of an allergic reaction or your symptoms worsen, seek medical advice immediately.

3. Sunscreen

Make sure to protect you and your family’s skin while everyone’s out enjoying the summer weather by packing sunscreen. Before you leave on holiday, remember to check the SPF rating (SPF 30 or higher), water resistance level and the expiration date. Always follow the directions on the pack and remember to reapply! Lip balm with SPF 30 or higher can also be useful to help prevent your lips from burning and cracking

While sunscreen is important don’t forget to pack the hats and sunnies as they also provide vital protection from the sun. When you are out and about remember the five sun protection measures to help reduce the risk of sunburn— slip, slop, slap, seek, slide!

4. Pain relievers

From headaches to stomach cramps, minor maladies can put a dampener on your holiday relaxation. Prepare for the unexpected by keeping a pack of your preferred pain relief medication handy; if travelling with children, make sure you pack a children’s pain reliever as well. Remember to keep them safely out of the reach of children and always follow the product instructions.

5. Hydration products

Australian summers can get pretty hot and it’s easy to become dehydrated, especially when travelling or spending time out and about away from home. Packing a refillable drink bottle or bottled water is a great way to remind yourself to keep your fluids up and ensure you have access to water throughout the day.

If you’re going to be involved in excessive exercise, oral rehydration drinks can be useful to pack as they help replace the salts and minerals your body loses through sweat. However, under normal circumstances, drinking water is enough to remain hydrated.

Don’t let life catch you off guard. It’s important to be prepared so that you and your family can enjoy your time away this summer with as little stress as possible.