You’ve got your holiday booked, a Scottish self catering holiday cottage somewhere tranquil. You’re starting to think about what you need to pack but are unsure what you need. Here are the essentials that will ensure your break is the best it can be.
The first thing you need to do is research the facilities in the cottage. Most cottages supply all the essential items such as pillows and duvets etc. Just in case though, you are best to know what is there before you arrive.
Figure out what cooking equipment is provided so that you can bring any extras with you. If you can’t find this information on your booking confirmation or online, get in touch with the person you are letting from and I’m sure they would be happy to answer any questions.
Self-catering holidays will involve making and preparing your own meals (obviously). You will probably want to try local delicacies and restaurants whilst away but there will be times when you will want to relax in the cottage.
Plan some quick, easy and tasty meals. This is also a great opportunity to get the kids involved (if you’ve taken them with you), it’s a fun way to incorporate family time into meal prep. Ask them what they would like and even get them involved in the cooking once you’re there. If there is a supermarket nearby then you can buy the ingredients when you get there.
Some people prefer to take food with them so that they have the essentials and don’t need to head to the supermarket on the first night.
It’s always hard to know what to take with you when you go away. Obviously the kind of clothing you take with you will depend where your cottage is.
We would suggest packing for all eventualities. If you’re staying in a cottage, it’s likely to have heating but pack warm clothes to ensure you’re cosy at night. The weather is unpredictable so make sure you have some sort of waterproof jacket with you, just in case!
Research your area before you go, or even before you book. If you’re not going to have a car you want to make sure that there is transport or that everything is within walking distance.
If you research you can have a rough idea of the places you want to visit or activities you want to do, this will also help you when it comes to packing your clothes.
If you’re someone who likes to plan what you will be doing when you are away this is the time to do it. Sit down a few weeks before you go away and see who wants to do what. That way everyone will be happy when you arrive.
Games are a great way to involve the whole family. From board games to a pack of cards, it will give you something to do if you plan on having a quiet night in.
Monopoly is always a favourite that is great for the whole family. It is definitely worth packing something like this to take with you. Try and get a game that everyone who is staying with you in the cottage can enjoy, that way no one will feel left out.
We hope wherever you choose to stay you have a great break and the sun is shining.
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