What to Pack for a Winter Sun Holiday

What to Pack for a Winter Sun Holiday

It’s no secret that I have just come back from a lovely sunny holiday. Winter has well and truly begun with cold mornings and frosty car windscreens becoming the normal start to any day for the next few months. So, is it any wonder that so many people choose this time of the year as the perfect time to escape on a winter sun holiday, there is nothing better than soaking up that warm sun whilst everyone else is donning their woolly hats and gloves and complaining about the weather!

So, whether you have booked a glamping with hot tub holiday or prefer to cruise around the Caribbean for your winter sun holiday the big question is just what do you need to pack?

Sun Protection

Probably one of the most important things you will pack, and if you are going to make the most of all that sunshine then you will certainly need to make sure you pack plenty of both a high factor sun cream and some form of moisture cream to help protect your skin when you are out of the sun. The good news is that with the increasing popularity of winter sun holidays it is a lot easier to find sun protection in the shops all year round. You might need to travel to one of the bigger stores but you will be able to find a good selection of products available.

Sun Glasses

It might be dull and rainy here in the UK but if you are heading off on a winter sun holiday then don’t forget to pack your favourite sunglasses, hopefully, you will need them as soon as you step off the plane in your sunny destination. You might be able to buy sunglasses whilst you are there, but nothing is really a substitute for your favourite pair at all.

A Large Bag

Whether you plan to lounge by the pool, relax on the beach or spend your day seeing the sights then a large bag to carry around all your essentials is a must. The last thing you want to do is loose your sunbathing spot because you had to return to your room for something you had forgotten. It will also make a great place to stash all those souvenirs and gifts you probably won’t be able to resist buying.

A Swimsuit

Whether you favour a one-piece bathing suit or a bikini, make sure you pack a couple of different swimming options in your suitcase. Bold colours and vibrant patterns will really get you noticed whilst a classic black or navy one-piece will give you a really elegant look that is perfect for either the beach or relaxing poolside. Don’t forget to pack a stylish coverup as well; not only is this the perfect accessory should you want to go and grab a drink on the edge of the beach it could also be a good way of protecting your skin during the time when the sun is at its hottest.

Flat Shoes

Leave the heals at home and let your feet have a well-deserved rest whilst you enjoy the sun. Flat shoes are very versatile and can be dressed down for a day of sightseeing or dressed up for an evening out. You might also want to pack a pair of flip-flops for those visits to the beach or for walking down to the swimming pool.

What to Pack for a Winter Sun Holiday

A Hat

Dare to be that little bit different and pack a nice wide-brimmed hat; you can get some that fold up making them the perfect travel accessory for popping into your suitcase or hand luggage bag. Not only will it help you to change the look of an outfit really quickly it will also protect your head from the sun and shade your face. If you like to change your hat to suit your outfit then perhaps add a few floaty scarves that you could tie around your hat to coordinate it to several different outfits.


As a society, we rarely leave home without our mobile phones so don’t forget to pack your phone charger. You might need it in case of an emergency if you need to contact home, you will definitely want to use of as a camera to capture all those wonderful sights on your holiday. You might also need to pack an adapter for any electrical items such as a hairdryer or hair straighteners you might also consider packing.

Crease Resistant Clothing

You should be too busy whilst you are on holiday to spend time ironing packing creases out of your holiday clothes so try to pack a range of outfits that are resistant to creasing in your luggage, that way all you need to do is hang them up when you arrive. If you do get a few creases hopefully they will fall out if you hang the garments in the bathroom and turn the shower on hot for a few minutes, the steam should help to drop any creases.

A Jumper

Yes, you did read that right it might just be worth packing a jumper in your luggage. Whilst your winter sun destination should be lovely and warm the same unfortunately cannot be said about the weather you will be returning to, and if you have just spent time in the sun then you are likely to feel the cold even more. Pack a jumper so that you can layer up when you get off the plane, and hopefully, you won’t feel too cold.

Of course, all the best-laid plans and careful packing won’t be much use if the weather isn’t quite what you were hoping for when you arrive at your destination so make sure that you view the 10-day weather forecast before you start packing just in case!





  1. 24th November 2017 / 2:26 pm

    when i travel between Dubai, South Africa and the UK in different seasons, I always pack some winter clothing in the top of my suitcase to retrieve on landing or leave some space in my case to put winter clothing into so i’m not so hot on arrival #triumphanttales

  2. 26th November 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Great tips! How I would love some winter sun right about now! #TriumphantTales

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