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I love staycations, especially ones that involve escaping to a lodge in the middle of the countryside for a few nights. Myself and G are returning to Wales tomorrow, we've booked a lodge through Hoseasons and will be treating ourselves to some well deserved R&R.

I thought I'd put together a little post to show you what we'll be taking with us and share a few pictures from our last trip to the Welsh countryside!

A lot of the items are more suited to self-catering accommodation but I'm sure you could slip a few things in your suitcase if you're staying at a hotel or B&B. 

staycation wales


The UK isn't exactly known for its hot temperatures and gloriously sunny days (although we do have them). I use a blanket at home, whenever I'm chilling on the sofa or as an extra layer in bed, so it'd be silly not to pack one!


Autumn/Winter staycations provide the perfect opportunity to work through all those unread books on your shelf. Whether you read a chapter in your private hot tub, or a whole book snuggled up on the sofa, you'll soon smash your to-read list.

I normally take two or three with me, I like options when it comes to reading! 

welsh train station


The UK has some of the most beautiful landscapes and you would be a fool if you didn't want to snap a few pictures for your memory box. You don't have to take a big fancy camera either; the last time we went to Wales, we only took our phones and some disposable cameras!

Comfortable Shoes 

As tempting as it sounds to spend all of your time in your cosy accommodation, you're going to want to stretch your legs a little. Boots or comfortable trainers (that you don't mind getting a little muddy) are perfect for exploring your surroundings on foot! 

lodge holiday in wales

Travel Games

I love playing games and I'm not sure why we only bring them out at Christmas because I'd happily play a board game 24/7 (unless it's Monopoly, I really don't get the hype).

I picked up a few travel games from Amazon, just in case we want to switch off and have a tech-free night.


Once you've finished exploring your surroundings, you may fancy catching up on one of your favourite TV series. After all, you have a week of doing nothing but relaxing so it's the perfect time!

We pack our Chromecast whenever we're staying in self-catering accommodation because regular television just doesn't cut it.

I can't wait to arrive at our little lodge. I'll be slipping straight into my comfy clothes, grabbing a blanket, and curling up on the sofa with one of my books. G on the other hand, will most likely be jumping straight in the hot tub!

Staycations are becoming my favourite type of holiday. You don't have to worry about your passport or a luggage allowance. You can just pack everything in the boot of your car and off you go! 

What do you pack for a staycation? Do you prefer staycations or going abroad?