Travel season is upon us with most people taking their annual getaways this August, but what to pack? We’ve rounded up a few key essentials from the community to keep you covered from door to door and back again.
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With ever-diminishing cabin bag allowances (“*cough cough* cheap budget airlines) it’s more necessary than ever to travel light, and for Erika Naomi there is one superstar: Coconut oil! “It’s a super multitasker for so many skin and hair treatments! From a. scrub and sunscreen ingredient, to make the best deodorant, shaving cream, hair mask, insect repellent (it was actually scientifically tested to be more efficient than DEET!) lipgloss, frizz tamer and more.” Amy Meegan ‘s sunshine saviour is a shampoo bar – eco-friendly and it doesn’t need to be carried as a liquid.
Packing light is far more achievable when your luggage is organised, and Tamsyn Smith recommends investing in packing cubes. These are literally cubes that you can pack your clothes and other bits into to organise your suitcase for maximum efficiency. Tamsyn claims these IKEA ones are great and really cheap, while Kiran Singh is a fan of similar luggage organisers and even wrote a whole post dedicated to them.
The fun starts when the packing does.
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As well as packing light, if you don’t have the luxury of endless suitcases, you’ll also need to be sensible about the types of items you bring with you. Multi-functional, comfortable and holiday-ready items are key, and Amy Meegan always makes sure to bring shoes with her that is pretty and practical – making city breaks stylish without the blisters. She is also a big fan of funky hairbands, to hide “humidity infected hair”!
Not to mention liquids… SPF is a no-brainer for a safe holiday, as well as probiotics and herbals teas ( read more top tips for healthier travels this summer here). Make sure you are staying hydrated while out and about. Be sure to carry a water bottle or flask with you, Kiran suggests a cooler flask for those warmer climates or for keeping your tea hot if you’re travelling to colder corners of the world.
While exciting, holidays can also be times of stress – delayed flights, travel sickness, packing dramas, routine upset, different foods and an unpredictable time-table to mention a few.
It’s important to stay grounded and continue the daily practices that help you stay sane, whether that is looking up a gym nearby and bringing your trainers with you or researching local meditation centres and bringing your yoga mat in your bag, be prepared and try as best you can to embrace the unknown.
It may be a good idea to pack your usual crystals, body butters and calming candles to help you find peace among the chaos. Wellness travel is becoming increasingly important with retreats popping up all over the globe that will require little more than a yoga mat, a bikini and the right attitude.
Wherever you are going (or not going – who is up for a staycation this summer?!) make sure to do a little research ahead of time, see what locals and blogs recommend you bring with you and pack a few of your favourite things to keep you feeling high-spirited and energetic. Plus, always bring snacks to prevent the hanger!