You’ve booked the flights, found the dreamy Air BnB and have researched the best restaurants and bars for prime Instabait opportunities but the biggest task is yet to come – the packing. No matter how many work trips or holidays I’ve been on, it’s the one job I always dread. I’ve packed sober and I’ve packed drunk and trust me neither option makes it easier, although you do end up with very different results! Instead, the best lesson I’ve learned is to be really strict. You don’t have time for what if’s and they will drive you crazy meaning you’ll end up taking way too much stuff and more than likely having an argument with the airline check-in staff. Read on for how to become a packing pro…
First things first, download a weather app like AccuWeather which gives a detailed 7-day forecast. Then think about what you’re going to be doing day to day and evening wise. That way you can plan specific outfits rather than just throwing random pieces into your case.
Dresses – think about fabrics, polyester + heat is going to leave you feeling very sweaty. Instead, go for cotton fabrics. Kaftan styles always look chic and are useful for going from beach to bar.
Shorts – take one pair of denim – go for a looser fit with a frayed edge. Then take a pair in white cotton or sand plus a silky printed pair.
T-shirts – take two plain in a good cotton fabric plus one slogan. Super useful for teaming with shorts and covering up burnt shoulders.
Sleepwear – a matching short set or nightie is perfect for humid nights. We love this pineapple printed one from Desmond & Dempsey.
Bikinis – if you’re going for a week, take two. That way you can leave one to dry while you wear the other. It’s worth shopping for them when they start dropping in March as come August there will be nothing but odd sizes and dodgy prints left on the shelf. Spend time trying on different styles and finding one that really works for your body shape. And make sure it fits. No one wants to go for a dip and emerge topless.
A one piece is another great option to have especially if you’ve hit the all inclusive breakfast buffet hard.
We love Laura Jackson’s Ganni version.