. HOW TO PACK FOR YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY: HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS .
Going on holiday is one of my favourite things, I absolutely love taking a break from reality, exploring a new city or culture, lapping up some sunshine and generally just taking a moment to unwind. I always start thinking about planning my next trip, even before I have even come off the first one! That’s how much I love going on holiday.
From organising your holiday, printing all your booking confirmations, trying to squeeze everything into a case, over-packing and repacking, to trying to remember all the essentials, packing for holiday can be a little stressful at times.
Today though, I thought i’d share a little check list of holiday essentials & of course let you shop my holiday edit too … my favourite pieces on the high street and some bits i’ve picked up myself too.
. HOLIDAY CHECK LIST .
CLOTHING: Summer day dress (x2) / Denim skirt / Denim Shorts / White blouse / Cami top / Evening Shorts or Skirt / Ovesized Knit / Denim Jacket / Jeans / PJ’s / Undies /
BEACH WEAR: Bikinis (x 4) / Beach dress / Sunglasses / Straw Hat / Beach Towel /
TOILETRIES: Sun Tan Lotion / Moisturiser / Skincare products / SPF Tinted moisturiser / Bronzer / Mascara / Medical kit / Toothbrush & Toothpaste / Shampoo & Conditioner / Razer /
TECH: Adapter / Straighteners / Ipad / Kindle / Chargers / Camera / Phone / Memory Card /
TRAVEL: Passport / Flight Ticket / Hotel Booking Confirmation / Visa / Magazines / Currency
ACCESSORIES: Birkenstocks / Gladiator Sandals / Evening Shoulder Bag / Jewellery / Heeled Sandals / Clutch Bag /
. PACKING & TRAVELING TIPS .
#1 TRAVEL IN COMFORT
My first rule when going on holiday is to travel in comfort, that doesn’t mean rocking up in a onesie, heaven forbid, but simply wearing my favourite and most comfortable clothes to ensure i’m kept comfy on the flight. I often get really cold in the air, so I liked to take a few layers in my hand luggage and always find a pashmina or scarf the perfect accessory, doubling up as blanket, pillow and general heat provider.
My go to travel outfit is a pair of comfy ripped jeans, my favourite ankle boots or heeled sandals, an oversized shirt or jumper, and a jacket for ‘just in case’.
#2 GO LIQUID LIGHT
If like me, you are a sucker for over packing, then finding ways to reduce your luggage weight is essential. Liquids naturally take up SO much weight and so actually I try and travel liquid light and actually pick up any essentials at the airport instead. It leaves more room for clothes & gives you something to do at the airport in between champers.
#3 PREARE ENTERTAINMENT
Prepare entertainment. There’s no denying how boring a 4 hour flight without movies can be, so stock up and prepare before you travel. Update your iTunes playlists, download some new books on your kindle, or simply pick up your favourite magazines or new paperbacks. Entertainment is key on holiday too … as much as I love to lay on a beach to do nothing, in reality i have to be doing something, so having a good book is essential.
When you’re packing it’s really easy to just empty your wardrobe into an unsuspecting case … naturally it won’t fit,but also it’s just pointless as you’ll never get round to wearing everything. So you need to prioritise … focus on the items you know you’ll wear in the heat, you know you find comfortable and items you know you’ll wear together. In reality you only need 7 looks for a week long holiday, plus a couple of beach extras. It’s really hard, but ask yourself ‘will I really wear this?’ before packing it. Even better … make an outfit plan so you only pack items you know you’ll wear (I never know what I want to wear, so this wouldn’t work for me).
Often when we travel, we’re going away with friends, a boyfriend or family, and so sharing is a super neat trick to save you all a little suitcase space to share items you know you’ll all need … sun tan lotion, hair products, straighteners and hair dryer, even clothes if you’re similar sizes and have the same taste. A little re planning & sharing can really help keep your suitcase a little lighter, plus takes a little responsibility off everyone, as you each only need to remember 1 or 2 things each.
SHOP MY SUMMER EDIT .
I’d love to know your holiday packing tips, your travel essentials & your favourite purchases this summer too?