Tuesday, 3 July 2018

PACKING FOR A MINI BREAK ABROAD

I'm off on a little mother-daughter relaxing holiday to Cyprus soon, and although we're only going for 5 days I am so looking forward to getting back in some sun again. I love going on these mini breaks in Europe as it's the perfect amount of time to get a snippet of a country without it costing an arm and leg, and without having to take too much annual leave! I actually really enjoy packing for a holiday, as it gets me excited for the trip ahead and it means I get to have a good look into my summer wardrobe. I've comprised a list of tips that I think may be helpful:


1. Write a list
I absolutely love writing lists! It's a combination of the fact that I enjoy being organised and the satisfaction of ticking things of a list. When I write lists for holidays, I start with what I'm going to take with me in my hand luggage (necessities that would be diabolical to forget) and then the things I have to remember based on the holiday type (ie. if it's hot then bikinis, if it's a lot of walking then trainers, etc) and then everything else. This is also good because when you're re-packing to go home at the end of the holiday you can check off stuff again so that you don't accidentally leave your favourite top under the hotel bed... Additionally, I always like to take multivitamins with me on holidays because you never know what the food is going to be like and plus nobody likes to eat super healthy on holiday, so at least I know that I'll be getting my recommended daily intake even if my diet isn't the best.
2. Check what you have before going holiday shopping
This might be obvious but I think it's important to avoid duplicate buying. There's no point buying more suncream when you already have two half empty bottles from previous holidays. So I pack before I do any last minute holiday shopping, because 9 out of 10 times I don't actually need to buy anything new. This is especially true when it comes to toiletries, years and years ago I used to actually spend money on mini toiletries which seem to be three times the price of the full size product (don't really see how the maths works there...) But now I use the shampoo that I stole from another hotel, the face moisturiser I decanted into a mini pot, a roll on deodorant that's already mini, perfume samples that I seem to never run out of and toothpaste that's almost empty but will definitely last 5 more days.

3. Pick your outfits beforehand
I really feel like this is a necessity when you're trying to pack light and squeeze everything into a cabin sized bag. There's nothing worse than packing some of your favourite fashion pieces, and then getting to your destination and realising none of them look nice together! Because we're only going for 4 nights, I'm packing 4 day outfits and 4 night outfits. My night outfits consist of just dresses and playsuits because they're nice, small and compact. The type of tops I pack are tops that are versatile, just in case I change my mind about my planned outfits.

From left to right:
 Mustard crotchet bralette - New Look
Grey speckled fine knit vest top - H&M
White lace bodycon mini dress - Heart & Bows
Black floral mini dress - New Look
Stone bodycon midi dress - Prettylittlething
Black culotte jumpsuit - New Look
4. Consider getting a pre-paid card
So previously, I used to get all my foreign currency that I thought I might need for a trip whilst still in England, and just hope and pray that I won't have to pay for anything with card. That was until I found Monzo. Nowadays, you're able to pay with visa/mastercard for most things in most countries so now I just get a small amount of foreign currency before I go and then pay for things with Monzo. Monzo is great because it doesn't charge you to use it when you make transactions abroad; the exchange rate is actually really good; everything is done via the app where you can instantly see how much you've spent and can even freeze the card if you lose it; you can upload money onto it via Apple/Android Pay. The only real downside is that you can only make free ATM withdrawals for the first £200 over 30 days and then after that there's a 3% charge. (This isn't an ad, I just really love Monzo - plus the card is hot pink!)

5. Don't overpack and avoid hold luggage (if you can)
Having only hand luggage is very beneficial for a number of reasons: if you just have hand luggage, you don't have to wait for the baggage claim and can be out of the airport within like 15 minutes; you don't have to pay for hold luggage (if it's not included in your flight ticket price); you don't have the risk of your luggage being lost (which happens a lot more than it should); you don't have the risk of your suitcase being broken (which also happens A LOT more than it should...). The only real downside is that you're limited on liquids, however that's not so much of an issue for this holiday as the hotel we're going to is all-inclusive, so it already has many of the toiletries necessary.


A few other faves I'm taking:
Black bikini top - H&M
Black arizona birkenstocks - Office/Schuh
Blue denim high waist shorts - H&M
White cross strap sliders - New Look
Black scallop high waist bikini bottoms - H&M
Do you have any fun trips planned for the upcoming months?

11 comments :

  1. I'm a fan of lists and packing/picking outfits beforehand, it has saved me a lot of stress. I love the outfits you picked, especially the white lace dress, the mustard top, sliders, birkenstocks and that floral dress. Comfortable, yet classy. I must say Nnedi, you've got good taste in fashion.

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    1. Yes, anything to avoid stress is great! And thank you so much xo

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  2. I'm the worst for overpacking! I always say to myself I'd rather have too much than too little haha x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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    1. Haha I usually say the same if I have no limit on my luggage! xo

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  3. great post ! have a good day <3

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    1. Thanks Magda, I hope you have a great day too xo

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  4. Love your picks dear. And great tips you have here. I do make a list of my outfits too, and I choose clothes that fits my itinerary! ha!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  5. I love packing and I do pretty much the same things you do. And I also love writting lists too.
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  6. Can we just talk about how beautiful your handwriting is?! Lol! I notice these things. Anyway, I hope you have the best time, soak it all in and enjoy every minute!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  7. Love how you organized everything.
    Great post.
    xx
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