Packing for a holiday? It's that time of year when the packing list comes out...but where to start? Follow our top holiday packing tips to make your holiday easy.
Whether you're on a city break and need to know how to pack light (fast!), or you're super organised and are already looking for a holiday packing list for 2 weeks' time, think of this as your ultimate holiday packing checklist filled with top holiday packing tops on what to pack and what to leave...
First things first, decide whether you are a wheely-suitcase kinda gal or a soft, squishy holdall-loving type. If you want an upgrade (er, always), go for a chic understated style, whether it's a case or a holdall in a block colour. Yes, it's time to say goodbye to the bright yellow backpack you had at uni.
Lay out your case up to a week before your trip, adding holiday clothes and accessories in as and when you remember them. Always lay shoes first, in pairs on the sides. Fill in any gaps with belts (rolled up), jewellery and lingerie. Then lay clothes flat.
If using a soft holdall, use the same rules for shoes and accessories, but roll your clothes. For tangle-free jewellery on the move, store your daily treasures i na daily pill dispenser for a cheap and easy alternative to a jewellery roll or pouch.
Don't pack things you would never wear at home. Yes, you might be going backpacking, but that doesn't mean you need those zip-off leg cargo trousers (no one needs them. Ever.) Same rules apply for beach towels: they take up far too much precious space. If you really must have something to lie on the beach, see below point and use your sarong.
To keep your clothes smelling fresh as a daisy when travelling, add in a scented lavender bag. Failing that, pick one up on your travels in the local market for your next trip. Plus an essential to ensure your bag keeps smelling sweet is to pack away your dirty laundry.
Stick to a colour palette of no more than 3 shades and you'll find that all of your holiday wardrobe will work together. Always pack in outfits, this way you won't end up with one side of your case that doesn't see the light of day and you can save your excess baggage fee for cocktails by the pool. Lay everything out, even your accessories, and style up each outfit to come up with a mini capsule holiday wardrobe. If you can't wear something with 2 different pieces, then don't add it to your bag. Essentially, make everything worth hard and do two jobs.
A linen pant is a must, they're ideal when denim shorts aren't appropriate. A midi dress is the perfect day-to-night piece: team with white sneakers in the day, and add strappy sandals for night-time fun. A loose white shirt is the key piece for summer. Throw over your bikini during the day, then add lots of gold jewellery and denim for cocktails. Finally, the statement skirt. Perfect for a spot of sightseeing teamed with a t-shirt and sandals, then swap for wedges as the sun goes down.
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