1. Location & Environment.
Without sounding like I’m sending you on a geography field trip the first rule to packing is where you are you going? Once you have considered the environment you’re in, the people you’ll be surrounded by, the ‘holiday vibe’ then the packing can commence. Beach Ibiza, roaming in Rome, pottering in Provence?
2. Plan who your going to be.
The wonderful thing about holidays is that you are taken away from the humdrum of life, so think about who you want to be. Go on! Create a concept. Be a bit hedonistic and imaginative about this trip. It is supposed to be fun after all. Last year on a trip to NYC, I could be 100% fashionista (no kids, no hubby) This year I’m UK camping so I’ll be active mum in high performance PJ’s, a fabulous pair of wellies.
3. Pack at least 4 days before and plan your outfits.
Write down what you are doing each day to start to planning your outfits (this will avoid you packing your entire summer wardrobe) Start with the airport look, breakfast looks, beach looks and evening attire. You’ll find you don’t need very much at all and if you are clever you can double up pieces to create 2/3 looks. If you pack a few days before you leave, you’ll have time edit out that long floral maxi that’s too hot and impractical to wear.
Arbonne is always my favourite choice. Its ethical and botanical
4. Make-down your make-up
Throwing in your current make-up bag is a mistake. You won’t need 50% of it.35 degrees and foundation? No thanks. You’ll have such a glow about you, all your need is a light bronzer, a lip-gloss and some quality moisturiser. . Save minis or testers over the year to keep your bag lightweight.
5. Coat conundrum
After you have considered your ‘outfits’ consider your coat, or cover-up and please, make sure it styles well with your looks. If you can get away with a fabulous over-sized scarf then wear that or a lightweight tuxedo jacket if it needs to be smart. My favorite has to be the denim jacket as it works over everything.
I gasp at the women I was on my honeymoon. I had a bag of shoes that my newly wed pulled through our tour of Tuscany. Since travelling around the world with a tiny bag, I’ve come along way in 15 years. 3 pairs maximum. One smart for the evening (a wedge or a metallic – stilettoes are a no go!), one practical for the day (flip flop, sandal) and one covered up for the flight (loafer, pump, trainer)
Yes, yes yes! Earrings – go big. The tasseled ones this summer will upgrade last year’s jumpsuit. A stud belt on a kimono dress, a bonkers statement necklace, or a cool straw hat. This is your style playground to polish your look. Tip: Don’t take expensive accessories, cheap replica’s look great on holiday and consider that you’ll buy when you are there.
8. Sort your swimwear & Underwear
Holidays to me shout fabulous underwear. You do not need your M&S basics. This is the time to wear the pink lace set your head says you can’t wear on Monday in January. Style your underwear with your outfits and be a little sexy. Yes I’ll have my denim dungarees on…but…underneath. I’m feeling fab! Swimwear has to be holiday appropriate and you must try on last years to make sure it fits.
9. Pack something fabulous
Your miscellaneous item. Throw in a ridiculous glamorous piece that you are a little bit fearful of wearing at home. Go for it. Pack that ruffled fuchsia pink skirt. It will look fab with brown legs and a white t-shirt and no one will judge you (and who cares if they do).
10. Wear it all
There is nothing worse then coming home to washing clothes you’ve ironed and packed and not worn. If you’ve packed cleverly, you should have worn it all. Make sure you do. Be a little different each day and be noticed, it’s your time to shine, feel fabulous and have fun.