You might save up for months or even years for a summer getaway, budgeting for flights, accommodation and spending money, only to realise that you don’t have those suitcase essentials. However, packing everything you need doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
The average woman is increasing the cost of her holiday by a third when shopping for a new wardrobe, according to research from Sunshine.co.uk. These shoppers are typically spending £245 on clothes, shoes and accessories, mainly so they look different in this year’s snaps.
However, you can change your style and ensure photo albums don’t look like clones without the expense. One of the best things to do is to simply mix and match tops and bottoms you already own to create a different look.
You can also dramatically change the appearance of an outfit by simply wearing a different hairstyle, changing your makeup, accessorising with alternative jewellery or by pairing it with another pair of shoes. Check out those items buried in the back of your wardrobe.
If you desperately need new clothing, then why not check out charity stores? Daytime outfits are bound to be stained by sun cream anyway, so why invest in new items? Pick up versatile wardrobe staples that will mix and match well.
You can save a fortune by picking up evening dresses, bags and shoes here too, so don’t be shy of rummaging around for a bargain. Make sure you try everything on and ensure you’re happy before handing over any cash.
When it comes to swimming costumes or bikinis, try looking around your local supermarket. They often boast an impressive and affordable range when the summer is upon us. Women’s magazines sometimes give away two-pieces as a free gift, so check these out too.
Wherever you shop, remember not to go over the top – only buy what you need. Taking just a few outfits and washing items in the bath or sink with a little washing powder is far more cost effective, and it will even help you meet the luggage allowance.
Sun cream tends to be extremely expensive, but you should never go without when heading somewhere sunny. Luckily, you can significantly cut the cost of keeping you and your family safe without breaking the bank.
When purchasing bottles of sun lotion, you should always check out the SPF rating – go for 50 on young children, 30 on sensitive or fair skin, and 15 or above on anyone else. However, the UVA star rating and provision of UVB protection is extremely important too.
Surprisingly, the big names you recognise don’t always have the safest products. Own-brand bottles at supermarkets, which can be a quarter of the price of branded alternatives, tend to boast the best specifications when it comes to protection.
Stick to the traditional bottles rather than those with the spray dispensers, since it’s easier to avoid wastage this way. Gimmicks tend to come with a price tag, so it might be a good idea to avoid lotions in unusual colours or those which apparently soak in more quickly.
Don’t pay more for products that are “specially-developed” for the face either – you shouldn’t have any problems using the normal lotion on your face. However, it might be worth investing in a lip balm with SPF protection.
Travel guides can help you to get more out of your holiday, highlighting interesting places to go and exciting things to do. They can even help you to save money by directing you to budget-friendly attractions, restaurants and bars.
However, you can take advantage of this useful information without paying a penny. Heading to the local bookstore for a guide is likely to set you back around £10, but spending a little time to conduct research online will cost you nothing.
Check out websites like TripAdvisor, which has a multitude of customer reviews and ratings about destinations across the globe. In most cases, it even provides you with useful information about transportation, local customs and currency.
You can also access useful travel guides on Lonely Planet, or check out the location’s tourist office website. Form a personal itinerary using the information you have found, and print off maps, useful foreign language phrases and restaurant recommendations.