Vacations are for relaxing, kicking back, and spending time with those you love. Renting a holiday property can allow you to do all of these things in a beautiful setting, but for first time renters, it can be overwhelming to decide what to pack and what to leave at home. Thankfully, help is at hand! Here are some of the best tips for getting the most from your chosen property.
Information is Everything!
Do your research. Most of the time, the channel you book through will provide a detailed list of what is on offer at the property, and what you can expect when you get there. So, if you do a lot of gourmet cooking, check to see if the house includes good kitchen knives. If you favour beans on toast, check that a can opener will be at hand. Finding out these little details before hand will make you feel well-equipped and help you to avoid the situation of being left without something you need.
Prepare for Anything
You may think that you will spend your entire time away in the great outdoors or exploring every inch of the area, but many things can get in the way of the best laid plans. What if it rains all week, or a family member has a sore foot and can’t walk far? It’s best to be prepared, so remember to bring a favourite board game, playing cards, and a couple of DVDs (and of course, cross your fingers for sunshine)
Food for Thought
It can also be well worth planning your meals ahead of time and writing a grocery list that includes all ingredient, seasoning and condiment that every you will need. Also include snacks and drinks for the drive both ways. This will both save you money on eating out at your destination, and also let you relax on your holiday as you will have full confidence that you haven’t forgotten the ketchup for the hamburgers!
A Home from Home
You want your property to feel like home, and you will find that most are full of thoughtful and personal touches that aim to do just this. However, consider packing a couple of extras to really add to the atmosphere – maybe some scented candles for a cozy movie night for a winter rental, or a picnic blanket and badminton set for some fun in the garden in summer. A little goes a long way!