Operation sensible packing

Choosing what to take away on holiday has always been a thorn in my side. Whilst I love going away, I hate packing, because I am indecisive and like to have choice. What if it rains? What if it’s cooler one day? What if it’s boiling hot and I need to change my clothes? These are all questions that need to be addressed, especially if you’re going away during a time of the year when the weather can be changeable.


Whoever invented baggage weight restrictions was clearly not into fashion.

Whilst I love my clothes and accessories, I have come to the realisation that I need to be slightly more sensible when it comes to packing. I do not need eight pairs of shoes for a fortnight’s holiday, when I certainly wouldn’t wear eight different pairs during a fortnight at home, and I certainly don’t need six different handbags. This might sound extreme, but believe me, this is a thought that goes through most women’s minds.

I’ve found the mix and match wardrobe is the way to go. Maxi dresses are always a winner, as they can be dressed up or down for day or night, glitzy evening or laid back, simply with the addition of some jewellery and make up. I only now take one pair of heels on holiday and a pair of wedges, and I wear sparkly flats the rest of the time – this is because I’ve fallen over far too many times. Heels, sun cream and smooth pavements are not a good combination. Aside from the good old maxi, a denim skirt, a few interchangeable tops, a couple of different going out dresses, and you should be pretty much sorted.

Day time, you do not need more than three bikinis! Whilst it’s tempting to keep buying brightly coloured twin sets, you will probably find one or two you feel comfortable in, and stick to them. Getting from the hotel to the pool or beach also doesn’t need a full on fashion show, and a few kaftans, beach dresses or denim shorts will do.

So that’s us girls sorted, what about the guys?

Well I don’t wish to sound cliché, but you really do have it easy in this department. A couple of pairs of shoes (please no socks), shorts and t-shirts and you are actually good to go. I am jealous, really, I am.

Transporting that suitcase to the airport for check in is full of pitfalls and it’s for this reason I now pre-book airport parking with Airparks on a regular basis, and drive myself there. That way, I only have myself to blame if something goes wrong! I find I always save money on this service, when compared to taxis, trains and coaches, and the convenience is second to none. It makes no difference where you’re flying from, as you’ll find facilities at great prices, such as Stansted parking, if you’re taking advantage of the cheaper flight prices from the capital. Flying more regionally? Not a problem, with many local airports offering deals to save you money.

A little sensible packing will go a long way to not only saving on excess luggage charges, but your also back from having to lug that heavy case! You don’t need several outfit changes per day, so cut out the stress and streamline that holiday wardrobe.


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