Ever since I started university I have been packing a mini suitcase to go here, there and everywhere. A weekend to visit the parents, visiting Oli's friends/relatives and visiting my friends in various cities around the country, I now consider myself to be a packing expert. As I am off to Menorca in a few days I thought I would put together my top tips for packing lightly, without forgetting the necessities!
Purely because I love shopping I starting planning what I need to buy ages in advance. This year it was shorts and bikinis so I managed to get my hands on some bargains before it all ran out of stock; H&M bikinis this year are amaze! I also think it's really important to plan your outfits, this way you can hopefully avoid taking your kitchen sink and the hefty charge at bag check-in! Depending on your holiday and what you have planned, you can usually divide it into day-wear and night-wear. Quite simply, If I'm going on holiday for a week, I take seven day outfits and seven night outfits. Sometimes I will add in an extra outfit 'just in case'.
2. START EARLY
I like to start both the packing and planning process early. I find that this way I can work out which items I really want to take, and most importantly, which new things I need to buy! Usually, I roughly chuck things in from around a week before I go, starting with the necessities like my toothbrush, bikini, suncream and passport etc. Then whenever I remember something else I need to take I can add it to the pile so that everything is in one place.
I want to talk about layering in two different ways. Firstly, I love packing clothes that I can layer on top of one another to ensure I am prepared for all eventualities. This is more important when you go on a UK or colder country holiday! For example I will take a strapy top, a shirt, jumper and finally a coat. That way you can put on or take off clothes according to how hot/cold you are. One important thing to note is that I would always recommend taking a jumper/cardigan on holiday even to a warm country, the amount of times I've been out at night absolutely freezing, wishing I had a cardi is ridiculous!
Secondly, I know people always go on about how good rolling clothes is when packing and I totally understand the concept, but It just doesn't work for me! My Mum always taught me to layer my clothes when I pack and its what I've always done. As you can see on the picture above, I put none-creasy *technical term* items underneath and more delicate items at the top, all folded on top of each other!