I’ve been shopping and packing hard this week ready for my holiday to France. I love travelling at this time of year because the place isn’t flooded by tourists and you can really appreciate your surroundings and the atmosphere. I’m super excited to pick up some new fashion and beauty pieces, but also a little nervous because I actually had to climb onto my suitcase to close it. I think I’m going to end up buying an entire new suitcase just to fit everything home again. Oops…
Packing for your dream summer holiday takes a lot of preparation and, in my case, lots of lists! Read on to discover my top tips for travelling in style…
Tip 1: Lay out your open suitcase a week before you plan to leave.
No matter how organised I try to be, there are always things I remember at very random times (e.g. I remembered to pack nail varnish whilst in the shower). My best tactic is to open my suitcase and leave it in a corner of my room for the entire week before I set off. Although I’m pretty good at getting all of the clothes I need packed, there are always accessories, toiletries and other little bits I forget initially. These all go into the suitcase whenever I remember them rather than making a mental list and probably still forgetting to pack them later on.
Tip 2: Use your space wisely
Shoes can be very awkward to pack in suitcases because they often take up the most room and don’t fit nicely into the corners. After packing these and my clothes into the case, I fill the gaps between my shoes with accessories, such as belts and sunglasses. You can also save some space by rolling pairs of socks up and putting them inside your shoes!
Bras and bikini tops can also be difficult to condense, if the cups are padded, because squashing them down can damage the material or alter the shape. To solve this, I fold them over (leaving a big round space in the middle) and put bikini bottoms/underwear inside the gap between the two cups.
Tip 3: Protect yourself!
I am blessed with pretty pale skin which is almost impossible to tan without some serious sun exposure. However, too much sun exposure can be very damaging to your skin and cause health problems (and a lot of pain if you burn). It’s super important to make sure you have a sun-screen spray/cream/lotion with an SPF appropriate for your skin. Personally, I never wear anything below SPF30. There are plenty of sun products that can protect you effectively, whilst still allowing you to tan, such as the Piz Buin tan-intensifying spray above!
There are also a number of incredible gradual/daily tanning products you can use to build up a tan very easily. I’ll be taking my Bondi Sands everyday liquid gold spray with me to apply each evening after a day in the sun, to build up a more intense tan, quicker. The Tropic Summer Goddess is also great for the evenings, as it adds a gorgeous shimmer to your skin and enhances any tan.
Tip 4: Keep your clothes and toiletries separate!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about packing, it’s that separating your toiletries from the rest of your luggage is crucial. Keep your makeup products, shower products and other tubes/bottle/jars stored away in a makeup travel bag, or even just a plastic bag. This means that, if any of your products do burst or leak during travel, the contents won’t spoil any of your clothes – they’ll only spread over the packaging of the other products inside the bag (which is much easier to clean up).
I tend to keep my makeup and skincare products in a large makeup bag (like the Ted Baker one above) and my hair care and shower products in a good quality plastic bag.
Tip 5: Pack light (in your suitcase and on your face)
Every single time I go away. I make the mistake of packing my entire makeup drawer, thinking I’ll be wearing it all. Turns out, once you’re on holiday, it’s usually too hot to pack on a full face of makeup and you just can’t be bothered to apply it all (besides the odd romantic evening or two…). The essentials are all you really need on a summer holiday.
The products above are all I packed for France. I had my eyelashes tinted before leaving, so mascara won’t be needed for quite some time! A good moisturiser, some lash curlers and a light concealer is all I’ll be needing, along with some subtle blush and highlighter if I fancy it.
The same goes with clothes: if you don’t wear it often at home, you’re certainly not going to wear it whilst you’re on holiday. Pack the clothes you wear all the time and the summer pieces you’re super excited to wear – the rest isn’t likely to be touched.
Tip 6: Keep the essentials in your hand luggage!
This does involve planning ahead. You don’t want to arrive in a hot country and realise your sunglasses are hidden away at the bottom of your suitcase.
If you know you’re going to need a few things to hand during your journey (e.g. your sunnies, some lip balm or, in my case, my laptop for some writing on the go), put them aside and store them in your hand luggage, where they’re easily reachable.
It’s also important to keep your valuables in your hand luggage so that they’re on your person the entire trip. Although we don’t think it’ll happen to us, suitcases can go missing or be tampered with if they’re not secured, so anything of value shouldn’t be kept inside (or anything you wouldn’t want to lose). Things such as your passport, keys and or money shouldn’t leave your side.
Tip 7: Be prepared for the changes to your skin
Some of you will consider this more important than others, depending on your skin’s type and its habits. Although I usually have pretty oily skin, on holiday this flips completely on its head and my skin becomes super dry. Keeping your skin moisturised and protected should be a big focus (peeling is the absolute worst).
I adore Clinique’s moisture surge range and these are accompanying me on my trip! The 72-hour hydrating gel keeps my skin feeling smooth and hydrated (hence the name) and the CC cream is great for adding a little tinted coverage. I actually mix the two and then apply them together!
By following these top tips, you’re effectively preparing yourself for a successful summer holiday – it’s easy to stay protected and feel stylish! If you’re heading off on holiday soon, I hope you have a fabulous time!
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