Great Deals on Mid-Winter Travel Must Haves

The lack of sun in winter never used to bother me but the older I get, the more it weighs on me. By late December, I’m so sick of grey skies and near constant drizzle that even Bob Rivers’ 12 Pains of Christmas can’t cheer me up (and seriously, that is my all-time favourite Christmas tune). Solution? A sunny/beach getaway.

Luckily for me (and the rest of the December/January sun seekers) there are plenty of great holiday deals on all sorts of useful travel gear.

Our quick sun trips don’t usually involve splashing out on the super luxurious rooms. If we do that, it’s on longer trips when we can really make the most of them. Our blah-buster breaks are much more price driven so the trips are a bit shorter and the rooms a bit smaller. Not an issue since we spend most our time outdoors by the pool or on the beach. Where space does become an issue on occasion? The bathrooms are also pretty small and there’s not lot of counter space for sundries. Solution: Hanging portable toiletry bag. Love this polka dotted version.

Made from durable, easy to clean, fast to dry fabric with multiple compartments for different size items; a robust hook means you can hang the toiletry bag out of way, saving surface space. Size: 9.45″L x 7.48″ W x 3.74″ H.

Because these trips tend to be relatively short and I am one of those people who MUST unpack (my husband can happily live out of a suitcase for weeks), I try to keep things container-ized to empty the suit case as quickly as possible and get myself into a sun lounger. The best way to do that? Packing cubes – not unlike this set, full of useful sizes and available in lots of vibrant colours. And I have to say, they make re-packing (and keeping dirty clothes apart from clean a lot easier as well.

Each pouch is made from a lightweight & durable nylon fabric, has double-way zipper pulls and a webbed handle for carrying convenience.

Traveling with gadgets? Of course you are – we all are. Phones, tablets, cameras, e-readers, etc. – all of which require charging and if there are two of you or more, all the more need for a power plug adapter that provides has a few USB slots as well – like this one

Please note – this is a plug adapter, not a power converter. If you need something to convert voltage this is not it.

Finally – if your quick ‘catch some rays’ getaway is last-minute or a package deal you could not resist, there may well be even more luggage restrictions than normal. If you’re limited to cabin luggage only, you want a bag that is not only the right size but is designed to hold as much as possible within the confines of its space. My personal feeling is that hard-sided luggage is less suited to this purpose than soft – but of course, your mileage may vary. If you want a hard-sided, carry-on size that has been tried & tested but won’t break the bank, try the Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 20″ 4 Wheel Upright. But if, like me, you prefer your carry-on to be soft sided, you want sturdy but light so it is portable, maneuverable and won’t fall to pieces before the end of the trip. Something like this Travelpro Maxlite 4 21″ Expandable Spinner, perhaps. I’d always go for a non-black colour as well – just to make it easier to keep your suitcase visually distinct from as many others as possible. At the moment, this particular model is 75% off at Amazon!

Lightweight (you don’t want the bag itself eating into your size/weight allowance), durable (airports are like obstacles courses these days so you and your bag need to be ready), made of polyester fabric with water-resistant coating and has 360-degree spinners (my fave luggage innovation in ages).

If you’ve got a case of the winter blahs, treat yourself to a weekend away or a last-minute bargain holiday to grab some sun – and make sure you’ve got the right gear to make the trip as easy and relaxing (isn’t that the whole point?) as possible.

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