Whether you’re dreaming of a tranquil and rejuvenating escape or an adrenalin-filled getaway amidst stunning natural landscapes, look no further than beautifully scenic Cumbria. With its picturesque lakes, majestic mountains, and lush green valleys, this part of the Lake District is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Whatever you’re looking for, you can experience all the beauty and serenity of the Lake District with a staycation here at Elder Grove. To help you make the most of your getaway, we’ve put together the ultimate packing guide, so you can embark on your Lake District adventure fully prepared. Read on to discover what essentials you’ll need to pack for your Cumbrian getaway.

Essential Clothing

Cumbria’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to pack layers, including waterproof and windproof clothing, as well as sturdy walking boots for exploring the trails and fells of the Lake District. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes for cooler evenings, as well as swimwear for a dip in the lakes.


Outdoor / Activity Gear

Cumbria offers a wide range of outdoor adventures, including hiking, camping, boating, fishing, climbing, and more. Make sure you pack appropriate gear for each activity, such as sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jackets, camping equipment, fishing rods, and climbing gear, depending on your interests and plans. Checking the weather forecast and terrain conditions beforehand will help you pack accordingly and ensure you have the right gear to stay comfortable, safe, and prepared for any outdoor activity you choose to embark on in the stunning Lake District.


The Lake District is a photographer’s paradise, with stunning vistas, picturesque lakes, and abundant wildlife. Don’t forget to pack your camera and any additional equipment needed to capture the breathtaking scenery and spot some of the region’s unique birdlife and wildlife.

Maps and Guidebooks

While getting lost in Cumbria can be an adventure in itself, it’s essential to have maps and guidebooks handy for navigating the trails and planning your routes. With many walking and cycling trails and routes to choose from, having a map or guidebook will help you make the most of your explorations. You can of course use your phone for navigation in less rural areas; however, the signal may not always be reliable.

Personal care and medication

Remember to pack your personal care items, including sunscreen, insect repellent, a first aid kit, and any prescription medications you may need. Consider a first aid kit if you’re going out and about It’s always better to be prepared and have necessary medications and first aid supplies on hand for any unexpected situations.

Travel Documentation

Don’t forget to pack important travel documents, such as your driver’s license, travel itinerary, activity reservations and any other relevant information. Keeping all your travel documents organised in one place will ensure a smooth and hassle-free staycation in Cumbria’s Lake District.

Chargers and power banks

Don’t forget to pack chargers and power banks for your electronic devices, such as your phone, camera, and other gadgets. While the Lake District is a great place to disconnect and enjoy nature, having charged devices can be handy for navigation, capturing memories, and staying connected in case of emergencies.

Travel Insurance

While staycations are typically within your home country, it’s still important to have travel insurance for any unforeseen circumstances, such as accidents, injuries, or trip cancellations. Check your travel insurance coverage and bring relevant documents for peace of mind during your staycation.

Cash and Card

While many places in Cumbria accept card payments, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand for small purchases or in case you come across smaller places that only accept cash. Also, be sure to carry your cards and identification for any unforeseen situations or emergencies.

Entertainment and relaxation

Along with the outdoor adventures, you may want to relax and unwind during your staycation. Consider packing a good book, a deck of cards, or other forms of entertainment for downtime at your accommodation or by the lakeside.


Whether you’re visiting historical hot spots, embarking on an adrenalin junkie adventure break or just looking for a relaxing time away whilst visiting Cumbria, with these essential packing tips in mind, you’re all set for a blissful staycation. So, grab your backpack, put on your hiking boots, and get ready to explore the scenic wonders of this stunning destination. Happy staycationing in the Lake District!

Another renowned writer whose love of the Lake District flows throughout her writing is Beatrix Potter. The creator of many famous children’s characters including Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck, she was a major landowner in the region and granted much of her property to the National Trust when she passed.

Written by Holly Dodd

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