North Devon Weekend Staycation Essentials

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Emily Gort

Emily Gort

North Devon, with its beautiful coastline, rolling hills, and charming country villages, is the perfect destination for a staycation. Whether you’re planning a relaxing retreat or an adventure-packed holiday, here are our top tips on all the essentials you’ll need to make your holiday as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

1. Comfortable Accommodation

Finding the right place to stay is key to a great staycation. UK weather is notoriously unpredictable so it’s important you feel comfortable in your surroundings in order to be able to relax and enjoy the break. Be sure to check all of the amenities and extras that your accommodation provide too so you don’t need to pack everything but the kitchen sink!

Croyde Bay Resort offers a great variety of options from Self-Catering Cottages & Lodges to our modern Hotel Complex.

2. beach supplies

North Devon boasts some of the UK’s best beaches, and this wouldn’t be complete without spending time by the sea. Pack your swimwear, towels, bucket and spade, a good book and most importantly, some sunscreen. For those looking to catch some waves, don’t forget your wetsuit and surfboard as Croyde is one of the UK’s top surfing beaches and there are options for the most seasoned surfers and beginners surfing classes for kids and adults too.

3. outdoor gear

Next on our list of UK Staycation Essentials is Outdoor Gear. North Devon’s natural beauty is best explored on foot or by bike as this way you can really immerse yourself in that fresh sea air. Bring sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, a backpack, and a refillable water bottle. For cycling enthusiasts, the Tarka Trail offers miles of scenic routes. Don’t forget a picnic blanket and some snacks or even a packed lunch to enjoy along the way.

4. All-weather clothing

The weather in North Devon can be unpredictable, so it’s wise to pack layers. Bring a lightweight waterproof jacket, a hat, and some warm clothing for cooler evenings. This ensures you’re ready for everything from sunny days to unexpected showers.

5. local maps & guides

While smartphones are handy, having a physical map or a local guidebook can enhance your experience. They can help you discover hidden gems and less-travelled paths that you might otherwise miss.

6. camera or smartphone

While it’s unlikely you will forget your phone, you may need a reminder to bring a camera – which is the next item on our staycation essentials checklist. North Devon is incredibly photogenic, with its dramatic cliffs, serene beaches, and picturesque villages. Make sure to bring a camera or your smartphone to capture the stunning landscapes and memorable moments.

7. food & drink essentials

While North Devon boasts excellent local cuisine and charming pubs, having some snacks and drinks on hand is always a good idea. Consider bringing a cooler bag for beach picnics or countryside lunches. Don’t miss out on trying local specialties like Devon cream tea or a Devonshire pasty.

8. entertainment & activities

In case of rainy days or quiet evenings, pack some books, board games, or a deck of cards. These can be great for family bonding or simply unwinding after a day of exploring.

9. Health & Safety kit

No staycation essentials checklist would be complete without a Health and Safety/First Aid Kit. A basic first-aid kit is a must for any trip, especially one that includes hiking through rural areas. Include items like plasters, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any personal medications. Hand sanitizer can also be useful, especially if you have little ones wanting to explore nature and foliage!

final thoughts

A staycation in North Devon offers a wonderful mix of relaxation and adventure. With these staycation essentials, you’ll be well-prepared to explore the stunning coastal landscapes, enjoy the local culture, and make lasting memories. If you’ve booked a holiday or staycation with Croyde Unison and you have any questions about amenities or accommodation you can get in touch with us here. So, pack your bags, embrace the charm of North Devon, and get ready for an unforgettable staycation!

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