With Easter weekend fast approaching, many of us are looking forward to taking full taking advantage of the long bank holiday weekend. No matter where you’re headed this Easter (or even anytime this year!), think of this as your ultimate holiday packing checklist filled with top tips on what to take and what to leave.
How to do holiday packing like a pro
First Things First
First, you need to decided if you're more of a wheely suitcase or holdall-type. Whatever you choose, for the best chance of an upgrade, you'll want to go for a chic understated style in a block colour. We're big fans of this stylish International carry on from Tumi for its sleek look and sturdy build.
Lay out your case up to a week before your trip, adding holiday clothes and accessories in as and when you remember them. Remember to lay shoes in first, in pairs on the sides. Fill in any gaps with belts, jewellery and lingerie. Then lay clothes flat. If using a soft holdall, use the same rules for shoes and accessories, but roll your clothes.
Be Strict With Your Space
This may seem obvious, but don’t pack things you would never wear at home. Yes, you might be going backpacking, but that doesn’t mean you need those cargo pants. (Not now, not ever!). Same rules apply for beach towels: they take up far too much precious space. Instead, bring a light sarong for beach days. This pareo embroidered georgette sarong from Selfridges is a perfect example of something that will go with lots of clothing options and lovely to lay on at the beach.
It's always wise to pack layers. Even if you're going somewhere warm, it might be a bit nippy in the evenings. We suggest layering up with knitwear in neutral shades that can be worn with a variety of different outfits. Our personalised sweatshirt in Graphite is an ideal packing staple. The ultra-soft jersey fabric will keep you warm on breezy evenings, and you can have your initials embroidered on the breast pocket at no extra cost, for a sophisticated look.
Stick to a colour palette of no more than three shades and you’ll find that all of your holiday wardrobe will work together, so you can save your excess baggage fee for poolside mojitos. Lay everything out, even your accessories, and style up each outfit to come up with a mini capsule holiday wardrobe. If you can’t wear something with two different pieces, then don’t add it to your bag. Essentially, make everything work hard and do two jobs. Our Perfect White Tank is made with beautiful, fine jersey fabric and can be layered up or used as a cover over a bikini top for a perfect mini capsule addition.
The Scent Of Success
To keep your clothes smelling fresh as a daisy when travelling, add in a scented lavender bag. This bag of perfumed sachets from L'Occitane En Provence has a pleasant, relaxing, aromatic scent. Plus they are essential to ensure your bag keeps smelling sweet when packing away your dirty laundry.
If you're travelling short-haul and not checking in your luggage, decant your favourite liquids into mini travel bottles to avoid seeing them binned at airport security!
In-Flight Wardrobe Tips
It’s a great idea to wear a scarf on the plane, for when it gets a little chilly mid-flight, plus it can also double-up as a pillow. Choose something sophisticated like this pleated cashmere scarf by Lois Avery with a unique texture to give any travel outfit a special finishing touch.
Always take a pair of sunglasses with you! Remember to pack in your hand luggage so when you step off the plane you are holiday-ready.
Wear your holiday hat at the airport to avoid losing its shape in your suitcase. If you don’t fancy wearing one during your travels: buy one when you’re there and leave it for the next guest!
All that remains is one final holiday packing tip before you head off for a fuss-free airport check-in. So, here goes, and you’ve probably heard it a million times before but it’s totally true:
Lay out everything you think you need to take and then cut it by half!