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How to pack for long holidays

Packing for long holidays can be a stressful process when you are having to fit more than a month's worth of clothes into only one or two suitcases. Start off by compiling a list of things you feel are necessary to take, and go from there. Here are four top tips to keep both your mind and suitcase organised. 

1. Pack lightly

Packing a few versatile key pieces is an efficient way of packing for when you know you're going away for a long period of time; by having multipurpose basic items of clothing, you are freeing up more essential space. Leggings, for instance, are a great versatile piece of clothing and can be worn for pretty much any activity or type of weather. They can either be worn as light legwear for warmer climates and outdoor activities (such as cycling, walking etc), or as warm layers under trousers in colder climates. Opt for materials that are soft and easy to wash, dry, and maintain, such as cotton.

2. Choose (the right) shoes

Deciding what shoes to take is a difficult choice, as there are quite a few things you need to put into consideration, such as: where you're going, what you're doing, and what the weather is like. Remember you will be wearing a pair of shoes to the airport, so think tactically and try and wear the shoes that are the most heavy, so there's more space/weight allowance in your suitcase. 

Aim to pack around 3 pairs of shoes, including: a pair of trainers - these will be perfect for walking and general activities in most weather; flip-flops - although not suitable for tricky terrains, these are comfortable and ideal for hot climates and beaches; wedges - these can be worn to smarten up during the day/evening, and are comfortable enough for any environment, from the city to the beach. For guys, a smart pair of lightweight loafers or shoes is an easy way to update your look for the evening.

3. Roll, roll, roll

When packing, rather than folding your clothes, roll them. By rolling them, not only does this mean you'll avoid creases, but you can place your more delicate items such as jewellery and electrical appliances (hair straighteners / curlers) inside, which acts as a protective cushion. You can put all your soft items with your socks and underwear at the bottom of your case. 

4. Clever toiletries and containers

Use small plastic pots for decanting your cosmetics into (such as foundation, concealer, moisturizer, primer etc), as this will mean you have more space and weight allowance, and will avoid any make-up spillages. These are of course refillable, and can be refilled with more product whenever needed. Plus, you can always buy full sized products when you are at your destination if you run out.Try decanting shampoo and conditioner into refillable plastic bottles too, as well as suncream and body moisturiser, to save on space and weight. 

The key thing to bear in mind when packing for a long holiday is that if you forget something, you will be able to get your hands on an alternative wherever you are. So there is no need to pack those dresses you think you might need, as you probably won't!

*Information correct at time of writing but is subject to change.

How to pack for holidays

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