Staycations, which are a type of vacation where people stay at home (or near their home) while doing typical vacation leisure activities, are becoming increasingly popular. Especially for couples, staycations are a great way to relax and recharge without the added expenses and stress of travel. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite tips and ideas for couples to help plan a perfect staycation.
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According to a recent survey done by The Vacationer, in 2022, almost 67% of American adults either did, or planned to do a staycation. A staycation allows you to explore your local area, try new things, and relax without going through the hassles of a big trip. Since we love to travel here at Knack (as well as loving our hometowns), we’ve gathered some staycation tips and ideas for couples to help plan the perfect staycation.
How to Plan a Relaxing Staycation with Your Partner
Although getting ready for a staycation is easier than getting ready for a big trip away from home, it doesn’t mean that you can skimp on the planning. If you want your couples staycation to be truly different and relaxing, there are several basic things you need to do ahead of time:
Set a Budget
Staycations are usually more affordable than traditional vacations, but it's still important to set a budget so you don’t go wild with spending. Decide on how much you want to spend on transportation, food, and activities, and stick to your budget. Budgeting in advance will help you avoid unnecessary stress and make the most of your romantic staycation.
Plan Your Activities
One of the best things about a staycation is the opportunity to explore your own city or town. Look for local attractions, restaurants, and events that you've always wanted to try but haven't had the time for. You can also plan activities that are specific to your interests as a couple, such as a couples' massage or a cooking class. Make a list of the things you want to do with your partner and plan your days accordingly.
Get Your Home Ready
Before you leave for your staycation, take some time to get your home ready as it will be your hotel room for the length of your staycation. This includes cleaning, doing laundry, and making sure your pets are taken care of so you won’t have any chores or daily errands to do during your staycation. You'll also want to make sure you have enough groceries (including treats that you normally don’t stock in your kitchen) and supplies (candles and bubble bath anyone?) to last you for the duration of your staycation.
Unplug and Relax
Finally, the most important thing you can do before your romantic staycation is to unplug and relax. This means disconnecting from work emails and social media and giving yourself permission to fully enjoy your time together. Don’t schedule routine appointments during your staycation and put your laptops and phones away, or limit your screen time to certain hours of the day. This will help you fully recharge and make the most of your staycation.
Staycation Ideas for Couples
Feeling a bit stuck on what to do during a staycation? Here are some of our favorite staycation ideas for couples:
- Go on a Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of local landmarks, hidden gems, and attractions to explore together. Take photos and document your journey as you discover new places and try new things.
- Relax at a Spa: Book a couples massage or facial and unwind together. Many spas offer day packages with access to saunas, hot tubs, and other amenities to help you relax and rejuvenate.
- Have a Picnic: Pack a picnic basket with your favorite foods and drinks and head to a local park or beach. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and each other's company while you dine al fresco.
- Explore a New Neighborhood: Pick a nearby neighborhood you've never visited before and spend the day exploring. Check out local shops, cafes, and attractions and make a day of it.
- Take a Cooking Class: Sign up for a cooking class together and learn how to prepare a new dish or cuisine. You'll have fun trying something new and can take home new skills to impress your friends and family.
- Have a Movie Night: Create a cozy atmosphere at home with your favorite snacks, blankets, and pillows. Pick a movie or TV show to binge-watch and enjoy a relaxing night in together.
- Go on a Hike: Find a local trail or nature preserve and spend the day exploring the great outdoors. Pack a backpack with snacks, water, and other essentials and enjoy the fresh air and exercise.
Whatever you do, the key is to make sure you get out of the house and shake up your daily routine.
Why the Knack Pack is the Best Bag for Your Staycation
A Knack Pack is the perfect bag for your couples staycation because it's versatile, expandable, and stylish. Here are a few reasons why the Knack Pack should be your go-to bag for your next staycation:
- Versatile: Knack Packs are designed to be versatile and adaptable to your needs. With a main compartment for the everyday things you need with you during your staycation and a hidden expandable suitcase compartment perfect for that just-in-case jacket and hat, you can easily organize and access whatever the two of you need during your staycation..
- Expandable: Knack’s expandable design allows you to pack more items without sacrificing comfort or style. You can expand the bag up to 30% to fit everything you need for your staycation.
- Stylish: The Knack Pack is not only functional but also stylish. It comes in a variety of colors and materials to suit your personal style and aesthetic. And best of all, it will ensure that you never look like a tourist during your staycation.
- Comfortable: The Knack Pack is designed to carry up to 40 pounds comfortably with its padded straps and a breathable, memory foam back panel. You can wear the bag for hours without getting tired or uncomfortable.
- Durable: The Knack Pack is built with high-quality fabric, zippers and hardware so it will last for many staycations to come. Also, with lockable zippers and anti-RFID skimming pockets, you can rely on the bag to keep your belongings safe and secure throughout your staycation.
How Knackpackers Staycation
No Knack blog would be complete without hearing from Knackpackers. So we reached out to several travel experts, and Knack owners, to get their take on favorite staycation places and tips.
Jackie, the Globe Trotting Teacher based in New York City, has a soft spot for the Upper West Side and parts of Lower Manhattan such as Greenwich Village, Tribeca, and Nolita. Jackie's best advice is to not stress during a staycation. A staycation’s familiar location means you already know the style and weather conditions. She recommends using just one bag (for her, that means her Series 2 Expandable Knack Pack), which can fit all essentials including a jacket or an extra pair of shoes.
Paige, author of the travel blog Paige Minds the Gap, is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and loves exploring Midtown’s art scene, botanical gardens, Piedmont Park, as well as the fabulous bars and restaurants. For her, the best staycation hack is to have a list and check off everything you need for the day. Thanks to her Knack Pack, Paige is able to leave home in the morning to explore her beautiful city with just one bag. For Paige’s packing tips, check out her weekend essentials post, showcasing her Medium Series 2 Knack Pack.
Planning a staycation for couples can be a fun and relaxing way to take a break from the daily grind without the hassle of traveling. Whether you're looking to explore your local area, try new things, or simply relax together, there are plenty of staycation ideas to choose from. And with a Knack Pack as your go-to bag, you can easily pack and organize everything you need for your staycation while staying stylish and comfortable.
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