Packing for your holidays can be stressful, especially as you wrap up tasks at work and home in preparation for your time away. To streamline the process and reduce stress, consider making a packing list before you go.
Here are some suggestions on how to pack, saving you time and ensuring you have all the essentials without trying to fit everything but the kitchen sink in your suitcase!.
Suitcase - make sure you get a size that allows you to carry it yourself. This Choose one also that has the right size handle for your height, wheels that can go in each direction and lightweight enough that it doesn’t bump up your precious 22KG allowance.
Regardless of whether you need a carry-on bag or not, bring one. You may feel it is handy to check in all of your luggage but having a carry-on bag is handy to carry the much needed items required for the plane journey itself. This will also double up as bag to bring with you when sightseeing or going on a day trip or bringing your essentials to the beach.
How you pack is another important factor of packing light. Tightly roll your clothing to gain more space in your luggage. Folding your clothes in half, and then rolling the clothes allows you to take advantage of every square inch of space.
Decide on your suitcase staples…Stick to a colour palette of no more than three shades and you’ll find that all of your holiday wardrobe will work together. Pack in outfits, this way you won’t end up with one side of your case that doesn’t even see the light of day and you can save your excess baggage fee for drinks 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 two different pieces, then don’t add it to your bag. Essentially, make everything work hard and do two jobs.
An on-trend kimono is a great option. It adds another layer for evenings when its cooler.
Between sand flies, mosquitoes, and other bugs in sun destinations, you may be glad you have your legs covered, and a maxi dress is still loose enough to not feel restricting in hot, humid air.
Choose a dress that’s loose and easy over a bikini but can be accessorized for night time glamour. A wrap dress is a perfect choice.
Don't forget to pick a selection of loose fitting tops that can go with your trousers, shorts and skirts. Choose some neutrals and also bright colours that can work for day and night.
Of course no holiday clothing list is complete without shorts. Shorts are versatile and, as long as you stay away from denim, they can be mixed and matched from day through night.
These shorts, pictured right are not only super flattering but will work with all your chosen tops.
Pack a pair of gold or metallic-tinged flip flops that can easily make the transition from sandy days to exotic nights.
For a higher glamour quotient, bring your heels –block heels are more comfortable than stilettoes and much better if you are navigating uneven cobbled streets. Remember, you don’t need any more than two pairs of shoes with you on holidays!
A sunhat is a must if you are heading out to enjoy the summer sun.
Pick a wide brimmed hat which not only looks stylish but will keep you cool.
Try and pick a sun hat with built in sun protection in the fabric but don't use this as an excuse not to wear proper sun protection - remember to pack the high SPF suncream.
You probably won't be wearing make up on holiday but add a touch of glamour to any outfit with a pair of on-trend sunglasses.
Just remember to look for glasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and that also absorb most HEV rays. These stave off potential sunburn of the cornea (the eye's outer layer) or conjunctiva (the layer that lines the lids), as well as preventing cataracts (clouding of your eye's lenses) and macular degeneration (retinal damage that leads to vision loss).