Getting away on a summer holiday to an exotic and hot place is something we all look forward to. However, packing what to wear can often be a chore.

We’ve all made the mistake of over-stuffing our suitcase, thinking we’ll wear fabulous outfits everyday but in truth we come home with most of the items not being touched.

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Here are my top tips on how to pack like a pro:

GATHER INFORMATION
  • Where are you going?
  • How long are you going for?
  • What activities will you be doing there?
  • Is there a dress code? (tourist sites / restaurants)
  • What will the weather be like? Check the forecast.
PLAN
  • Plan your outfits for the duration of your trip, making them as versatile as possible so you can mix and match wherever possible.
  • Use accessories to add variety.
  • Make a list of all outfits and check the items off as you pack them.
  • If you are super organised take photo’s of the outfits on your phone to refer to when you are there.
PACKING
  • Pack the heaviest items at the bottom of your bag to limit creasing of your clothes.
  • Use tote bags for shoes that can double up as laundry bags, as this keeps you organised.
  • Roll clothes to save space and limit creasing.
  • Fill every space you can. Stuff handbags with clean clothes to help keep their shape and save space.
  • Use freezer bags for swimwear.
  • Use socks to pack perfume / aftershave bottles.
  • Put your essentials on the top so that you have easy access to them.
  • Turn any jackets inside out to prevent them from getting dirty and creased.
  • Weigh your bag at home and know the weight restrictions for your airline.

CARRY ON
  • Wear any heavy/bulky items on the plane to save weight and space.
  • Use a tote bag or back pack as carry on as these have enough space for your in flight essentials. This could be the bag you use as a beach bag.
  • Pack a change of clothes in case you lose your luggage.
  • Always carry valuable items in your hand luggage.
  • Take a scarf or jacket on the plane to use if you’re cold as can be used as a blanket or pillow.
  • Save a copy of all legal documents to Dropbox just in case you lose them.
Toiletries / Make-up
  • Put cling film under the lid to stop annoying spillages.
  • Place a cotton pad in any powder compacts to protect them from breaking.
  • Decant into smaller bottles or take samples wherever possible.
  • Use multi-tasking products – Stila, Charlotte Tilbury and NARS have good options.

 

Following just a few of these tips will take some of the stress out of packing. I hope you find them useful.

Georgie Steeples makeup artist, personal stylist

 

 

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