We have all been there; the morning of our holiday arrives and rather than embracing our excitement, we’re taking it in turns with our mum/sister/partner to fling ourselves atop the suitcase in a desperate yet utterly hopeless attempt to close it, lock it and breathe a sigh of sweet relief. Unfortunately, I seem somewhat unable to learn from my packing faux-pas’, and year upon year I end up in a tragic state of panic as I make a last minute decision to sacrifice that beautiful kimono in order to make space for my underwear. Priorities, I suppose. However, this year, I have decided to take a stand against my former unorganised, fashion-hoarding self, and prepare the packing of my suitcase well in advance. Whilst I am only travelling late in August, and thus have plenty of time to decide which key pieces to pack, I appreciate that many of you may be taking your summer holiday much sooner. So, I decided to put this little post together in the hopes that my tips and tricks (recently discovered, might I add) can help you to channel your inner economic-packer. Enjoy, and good luck!
Bag yourself some fierce beachwear!
As far as my holiday wardrobe is concerned, swim and beachwear are the most critical components. A great deal of my holiday is spent lounging beside the pool, taking romantic strolls along the beautiful beaches and heading out to explore the architecture, history and culture of Greece. I usually opt for my favourite piece of swimwear coupled with a lacy kimono, denim shorts or an oversized tee for such occasions. Personally, I recommend taking two or three bikinis on your travels. I am rather creative with my swimwear, and love to switch things up after a couple of days. Take however many pieces of swimwear you think you’ll need but if, like me, you like to experiment, three is the charm!
This year, I have treated myself to this beautiful monochrome bikini from Triangl (labelled Milly, Indiana Ice). I love that the solid white hue will look dramatic against my suntan, and the edgy yet simplistic black detailing is just gorgeous. I am simply delighted with this purchase; and it is a perfect fit! This piece will look fierce when paired with my metallic pool sliders (£18, MissGuided) and oversized retro sunglasses (£20, ASOS). Also returning from the dusty depths of my wardrobe is my all-time favourite bikini, which I bought for my first holiday with Michael two years ago. I find this vibrant little number beautifully flattering, and it looks great when worn to the beach with my favourite pair of jelly shoes! (But don’t tell Michael, he isn’t the greatest fan of those shoes!)
Select a couple of day-to-day pieces
Once I have chosen, bought, lusted after and tried on my beachwear (a copious number of times), I like to select a couple of pairs of shorts, sandals, kimonos and tees which I can throw on during the daytime. Michael and I like to take sporadic breaks from sunbathing, so it’s always a good idea to have a pair of shorts and a tee handy to throw on over my bikini. However tempting it may be, try not to get too carried away when shopping for these staples. Although they may be worn every day, it is unlikely that you’ll be wearing them for long periods of time. I suggest taking just one or two pairs of shorts, three tees and one statement kimono. These can be easily washed if necessary, and by cutting down on extra pairs of shorts and tees, you’ll save yourself a surprising amount of space in your case!
Choose chic, demure yet understated outfits for the evenings
When you’re on holiday, less is more, and it is easy to look chic without having to apply false eyelashes, hair extensions and pairing your dress with skyscraper heels. I generally tend to pack my favourite summer dresses, but instead of wearing them with the usual mule or stiletto, I opt for a pretty sandal or slider instead. In an effort to save space in my suitcase, I usually pack enough dresses, midi skirts and cute crops to get me through the first 7 evenings. I take a couple of bottles of travel wash, which allows me to thoroughly cleanse my clothing before I wear it again during the second week. Previous holidays have taught me that I have a terrible habit of packing far too many dresses/midi skirts/playsuits, many of which never actually make it out of my suitcase. So, choose only your absolute favourites and you will be just fine!
Pack only the makeup you really need
The thought of leaving home without my favourite mascara or concealer sends shivers down my spine; and the thought of leaving it behind whilst I globe-trot is unbearable. However, I am sure that I could live without my charcoal eyeshadow and my plum lip tint for a week or two – and I am confident that you can, too. A holiday is the perfect time to allow your skin to breathe; so take advantage of the opportunity, pack only the bare essentials and embrace your natural beauty. Your skin will thank you later, and you’ll feel Au-Naturel for the duration of your holiday! Don’t forget your SPF and moisurisers, though! Always remember to cherish the skin you’re in!
Do you think my tips will help you to travel lighter this summer?
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Until next time…