Holiday booked? Count down started? Excitement kicking in? Before you get blindsided by fantasies of sun kissed beaches and palm trees, check out our top packing tips below to help make your holiday prep a little easier…
1. Take freezer bags and use them to group items
Not only handy for putting your liquids in before you board, they’re also super handy for storing a variety of things. Keep all your chargers and wires together (phone charger, camera charger, adaptors, headphones) they get lost so easily. Use bigger bags to put shoes/flip flops in that get all sandy, for dirty or clean clothing, for neatly packing outfits and accessories – the possibilities are endless, they should become your suitcase staple!
Top Shake it Up Tip: If you’re taking your Cambridge Weight Plan products on holiday with you, freezer/ziplock bags are a great way to safely store your products in your case.
2. Roll it up!
The time and space saving trick! Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can reduce creasing (because who wants to iron on holiday?!) and also help save space (because you want to squeeze in a couple of extra pairs of shoes, don’t you?) – we don’t want to sound like a London Underground attendant but “PLEASE USE ALL AVAILABLE SPACE” by filling your shoes with socks and pants (rolled up all neat and tiny of course).
3. On the subject of clothes…
Plan your outfits! There’s nothing worse than turning up with six tops and three pairs of shorts and not being able to make any of them coordinate into a half passable outfit. Research on Pinterest for some amazing capsule wardrobe ideas (don’t forget to follow us!) and don’t forget to check out our swimwear guide here. Remember to be ruthless, you’re not going to wear 7 outfits in one day, unless you’re Beyoncé… See also: our swimwear guide for picking the best one for your shape!
4. Lifesaving luggage scales!
Oh dear, that heart stopping moment, you don’t dare look as you lift your case onto the check-in scales in case you’re over the limit. Save yourself luggage weigh-in fear by investing in a mini luggage scale, like this one from Amazon, Just £6.99 could save you having to sit on a flight sweating under 10 layers, again…
5. Protect your powders!
Another moment of dread, slowly opening your pressed powder or eyeshadow cases, holding your breath in case you exhale clouds of broken make-up dust everywhere. This super simple fix will protect your powders from cracking, simply place a flat cotton pad between powders and lids… phew!
6. List it all
We do love a list here at Shake It Up HQ, and holiday lists are no different. On the weeks running up to your holiday grab a little notebook and fill it with all your holiday related thoughts “things I must buy” (don’t forget the sun cream), “things to do before I go” (spray tan? Check!), “things to pack”, “things to do on holiday” (write down that restaurant recommendation because you know you’ll never remember it when you’re in a chilled out sunbathed haze).
7. Keep the essentials to hand
Obviously you’ll want to keep your valuables, medications and anything else of importance in your hand luggage, but it helps to be prepared with some added extras, just in case… A change of clothes, some basic toiletries and makeup (not sure what to pack? We’ve got you, check out our summer beauty essentials post) – we hope your case doesn’t go missing or get delayed, but you’ll be glad of the spares if it does!
8. Don’t forget to have fun!
Do you have any other top packing tips? Let us know in the comments below…