Over the past few years where I’ve packed my suitcase a few times a month, I’ve learnt the hard way of over packing and not having anything to wear. It takes time and practice so here are my best holiday packing tips so you can travel like a pro.
Over the past year, I’ve learnt to pack a capsule wardrobe which makes holiday outfits and planning so much easier. Living in a colder climate in London, but always trying to escape the cold, I often need a summer wardrobe at the drop of a hat. I make sure everything I pack is in a similar colour palette so that everything can be worn together. I usually opt for blues and whites with a pop of red as these colours always suit me.
On holidays you spend so much of the time walking, climbing stairs and sitting down for long periods of time. Don’t pack anything that will annoy you (like off a top that falls of your shoulder) or a playsuit that rides up your behind. And definitely don’t pack shoes that you know will give you blisters. High heels almost never make it into my suitcase.
Think about items you can pack that have multi uses. A sports bra that can double as a bikini top or a one piece bikini you can wear with a skirt out to lunch. These items will definitely come in handy.
Don’t try and pack your whole summer wardrobe. You really won’t wear it all. Less is more when packing for holidays. It will make it easier to chose outfits in the morning and save a lot of space in your suitcase if you want to go shopping.
I’m not one to sit and plan out every outfit (who has time for that?). But I do make time to make sure every piece of clothing goes with at least 2 other things in your suitcase. I’ve made the mistake before of packing 3 skirts and 2 jeans and barely any tops.
To save on weight and space, pack miniatures of all your cosmetics and toiletries. I have a set of small bottles and containers that are always ready to go for a last minute trip. It really does help when you are running low on space or when you only take carryon luggage.
If you’re travelling with friends, share out the appliances you might need for the trip. Eg: hairdryer, hair straightener, laptop chargers. If you can downsize on these heavier items, it will save you room in your suitcase. I will also often ring ahead to check if these items can be loaned from the hotel.
I’m obsessed with compartmentalising my suitcase with wash bags. From separating dirty laundry to organising underwear and activewear, these babies come in handy when packing for your trips.
My bestie will often pop over when I’m packing for a trip. She is the best at taking out items I won’t need on a trip. She knows me well and is a packing queen herself.
After you think you have finished your packing, go back in and take one thing out that you haven’t worn in a while. You probably won’t wear it when you are on holidays and will stick to your favourite pieces.
So there are my best packing tips for your next holiday. I hope they help when packing for your next trip. Do you have any other packing tips I can add to my list?
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