Holidays are usually fab and fun, but can also be stressful. Packing wisely will help you face any travelling glitches with the confidence of someone who’s wearing clean underpants.
- Pack aspirationally…
- … but realistically
- Pack items with compatible styles and colours, then mix and match them to create many different outfits to make your travelling companions believe that you’re wearing clean clothes even when you’re not. Which brings me to the next point:
- Take deodorant. And some perfume, to spray on clothes which have become a bit…tired.
- Earplugs and eye patches are my travelling essentials. Insomniac guard dogs, late parties, paper-thin hotel walls, can ruin your sleep and make you grumpy.
- Of course, comfy shoes are essential, even better if they suit all your outfits. But don’t take too many. Pumps seem to do very well both during day walks and the night parties.
- An emergency sewing kit (or even just a safety pin) and a few plasters are always good to have. In fact, I keep them in my wallet (and have used them several times!)
- Take some reading material for the inevitable time when you get bored of your partner’ company and he of yours.
- A large scarf can double up as extra blanket, cardigan substitute, pillow thickener, impromptu sarong, teddy hammock, and balcony escape rope. So, pack one.
- Don’t take stuff ‘just in case’. Making do with what you have (the large scarf) can be fun, liberating and creative.
- For a truly relaxing holiday, leave your laptop at home.
- If you’re brave to the point of foolhardiness, leave your smartphone too. Plug your SIM card into a non–smart phone for those calls you cannot avoid (hotel, taxi, etc.) and bring along a digital camera.
- I know you won’t leave your smartphone at home. So remember to bring the charger.
- If you’re travelling by air, remember that wet dirty clothes are heavier than dry clean ones. Pack with some weight slack (also because you’d like to buy a souvenir for Mum and Dad, so sweet of you!).
Now that you’re packed, share your packing tips in the comments below.
Have a wonderful summer!