If your anything like me, you won’t enjoy packing your suitcase for holidays very much.
Although it is necessary it’s done, I usually leave it until last minute because I find it such a chore.
This time, my holiday packing was slightly different as I went to Club La Santa Sport in Lazarote, on a 2 week holiday. This meant that packing my suitcase just got ten times worse! On top of all the usual items I would need, I then had to pack active-wear, equipment, protein, gym trainers – ahh headache!
To make your life a little bit easier, I have come up with my top 5 items that I suggest are taken with you for any type of active holiday, these are items that I found very useful to have with me.
Before I go into my top 5 I want to tell you a little bit about La Santa – just in case you’re wondering!
La Santa is an active sport hotel resort. All sports are inclusive. This means that when you book your hotel room, all the classes, sports activities and facilities are included in the price. It is just like an all inclusive hotel but swap the food for sports!
There are so many different activities going on each day, that you have to plan your week ahead so that you can fit it all in. They have everything from Olympic size swimming pools, to reformer Pilates classes, to SUP Yoga (Stand up Paddle board).There is also a fully equipped gym with a weight lifting room to keep you busy outside of the scheduled classes.
If you are into fitness and find yourself missing the gym when you are away then I suggest you check this place out, as it really does have something for everyone. If you are not into fitness then, you may find that their beginner classes inspire you.
Anyway, enough about my holiday and back to packing business.
5 Things You Must Pack For An Active Holiday
- GoPro Camera – These are a must have if you don’t have one already. They take great videos and are suitable for pretty much all sports – including water sports as the housing is waterproof. There are also lots of great accessories you can buy to accompany it. As you can see in the picture, I have a Gorilla Tripod which has bendy legs, this is so that you can adjust it to suit any surface or even wrap it around a tree branch.
- Wireless Headphones – I find these so much easier to workout with than getting tangled up in a wire, this used to happen to me all the time. These ones are from Mixx Audio and are memory fit, they were very inexpensive and are perfect for all different workouts. The wire behind the ear is adjustable to fit your own ear, because of this feature it allows me to secure them quite tight so they don’t keep falling out – I even practice yoga with them sometimes.
- Protein Bars / Powder – These small protein bars were perfect to pack in the suitcase as they are small and convenient for post workouts. There is a huge range of high protein bars available to buy and these Pulsin bars were delicious. I also took with me a few sachets of whey protein powder as that is what I would usually have at home. I didn’t want the inconvenience of packing a huge tub so, the sachets plus a selection of bars were perfect. When you are on holiday, you can’t always guarantee what food will be available so this is why taking a few extra portions of protein is vital for any active holiday.
- Kinesiology Tape – This tape is my life saver, especially when my wrist plays up. Sometimes I get a pain in my wrist which is generally from repetitive use or not warming up enough before baring my body weight on it. I know I get this problem, so I make sure I plan ahead for anything that might get in the way of my holiday. Thankfully, I didn’t have to use it this time but, if you know you have any injuries that tend to re-occur then I strongly suggest you plan ahead and pack the necessary items to make your holiday pain free. There is nothing worse than going on an active holiday to not be able to do the activities you want.
- Resistance Bands – Whether you currently use these or not, I can promise you that you will not regret buying them. In the picture I have 2 different types – long ones and short ones. The long ones I use for assistance in training for body weight dips and pull-ups, but also for many different stretches post workout. The short ones I only use for lower body exercises but ,they are fantastic for adding some extra resistance to any exercises. The short bands are also fantastic if you want a quick 30 minute exercise in the comfort of your hotel room. You do not need any other equipment with this band and can still get a serious burn. Resistance bands can be purchased from many places, I got mine from Amazon.
If you have any active holidays coming up, comment below and let me know where you are going – I would love to hear from you.
Love, Dans x