Packing is undeniably a love-it or hate-it activity. While some may relish in the opportunity to prepare for a sun-filled, relaxing, pool-side holiday, others (myself included) would much rather throw whatever is clean in a bag and head straight to the poolside part. However, some of the world’s best airports have everything a modern man could need for some fun in the sun. Here we’ve simplified the packing list down to five items, available at the airport, that are essential for relaxing by the pool.
Stylish Swim Shorts
The absolute essential for any warm weather holiday, swim shorts are an (albeit obscure) wardrobe essential. Whether they’ve not made it into the suitcase, or perhaps have seen better days, there’s ample opportunity to pick up a new pair before heading to your departure gate. Take, for example, Orlebar Brown’s Bulldog Adventure Shorts (£195, available from Harrods, London Heathrow Airporter Terminal 4), a reimagined version of the brand’s insanely popular Bulldog shorts, combining technical and robust design with a shaped waistline, adjustable nylon side fasteners and heavy grosgrain tape trim, making them perfect for a day by the pool or an evening by the bar.
Perhaps one of the more luxurious items you can take on holiday, a good pair of designer sunglasses will see you through years’ worth of sun-filled breaks and getaways. While the temptation to buy a cheaper, throwaway pair will always be there, cheap sunglasses have a tendency to age badly and break easily. These Burberry Textured Front Square Frame Sunglasses (HKD2,100, available from Burberry, Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1), from the Mr Burberry sunglasses collection, are the perfect example of a stylish, yet timeless design, made in Italy to ensure quality craftsmanship and with 100% UV protection from their polarised lenses, you’ll keep your eyes safe from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
While relaxing poolside may seem like the most peaceful way to spend a holiday, in reality other holidaymakers can be prone to disrupting the idyllic peaceful vision of relaxation, but fear not, with noise-cancelling wireless headphones, you can chill out in even the most distracting environments. Sony’s MDR-XB650BT lightweight, Bluetooth headphones (199.00 SGD, available from Sony Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3) are the perfect holiday companion. With a bass booster, soft padded ear pads and a handy fold-flat mechanism, they’re a carry-on essential.
An all too often forgotten holiday essential, sun protection is vital for any sunny escape. While some higher SPF creams can be oily, sun protection specially formulated for the face is often light, more absorbable and guarantees a burn-free post holiday glow. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 (136.00 AED, available from Kiehl’s in Dubai Duty Free, Dubai International Airport) is the perfect example. With squalane and octinoxate, the cream is both easily absorbable and provides excellent UV protection, leaving your skin soft, nurtured with a burn-free glow.
A (proper) Camera
While the majority are happy with phone camera snaps of our holidays, for those wanting to capture as much of their getaway as possible, there’s a range of cameras pushing the boundaries of photography. Take Samsung’s Gear 360 (£199.00, available from Dixons Travel Manchester Airport) for example. The handheld camera has five viewing modes, and can capture 360-degree still images with its 15 megapixel camera, as well as record and live stream 360-degree video in stunning 4K resolution, with wireless Bluetooth connection to iOS and Android devices – making it perfect for giving friends and family at home major holiday envy, and capturing your holiday adventures from all angles.