Your flights are booked and you’ve made all your friends jealous by showing off pictures of the fabulous resort you’ll be staying in, but there’s still one thing standing in between you and your holiday: packing. We all know how it goes – the initial panic of not knowing what to take, the inevitable moment of “Stuff this, I’ll just take everything” and the resulting judgmental looks from airport staff as your suitcase is overweight again. It’s almost enough to make you want to put your passport safely back in its drawer and never leave the house. But that’s where we come in. With our 5 ultimate vacation packing tips, you can say goodbye to packing-panic for good. According to regular jetsetter Diane Von Furstenberg “when you figure out your suitcase, you figure out your life”. See – holidays really are good for you!
1. Embrace The Capsule Wardrobe
Lay all the clothes you think you’ll need to take with you on your bed. Now halve it. It can be tempting to take everything with you, but that just means less room for all the shopping you’re planning on doing! Your holiday capsule wardrobe should consist of tried and tested outfits that are you favourites to wear at home. The idea is to choose basic pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a number of different outfits – with a few extras as a treat! Still stuck? Our basic capsule wardrobe is as follows:
1 x pair of jeans
1 x cotton/linen shirt
1 x pair of shorts
1 x tailored jacket
1 x white t-shirt/cami
1 x sundress
1 x skirt
2 x bikinis
2. Take No More Than Three Pairs Of Shoes
We know – it can be hard not to be tempted to take a pair of shoes for every possible situation but restrain the Imelda Marcos within you and take no more than three pairs. One pair of closed-toe comfy shoes (whether they’re a pair of boots or trusty Converse) for walking around and exploring, one pair of pretty flats or sandals, and one (yes, just ONE!) pair of heels is enough to get you through every occasion.
3. Pack With Tissue Paper
Yes, it may seem a little old-fashioned but my mother swears by this trick and it works every time in preventing items from getting creased during travel. Use when folding bigger items like jackets and easily crumpled pieces, between each layer of clothing and always take a few spare sheets just in case.
4. Bring A Scarf
Many regular travel goers and fashionistas swear by the humble silk/cotton scarf. As well as adding instant chic to an outfit, the scarf is such a versatile piece – use it to keep warm, cover up when you need to dress modestly, as a sarong or to protect you from the sun. It also scrunches up into nothing!
5. Everything But The (Bathroom) Sink
Travelling doesn’t mean you have to be without your home comforts. Most of your favourite beauty products are available in travel-sized bottles which make them perfect for taking away with you. Just be sure to check your airline restrictions on liquids to know whether you can have them in your hand luggage or suitcase.