Celebrities go on the most amazing holidays, don’t they? They have a knack for picking the ultimate holiday spots where most people would only dream of going. But, one thing celebrities definitely lack in terms of travel prowess is the ability to pack light. How often do you see pictures of celebrities wheeling a trolley out of the terminal piled high with suitcases after a brief weeklong break in the most beautiful places in the world?
How many outfits do you really need for seven days in paradise? Surely, you’re going to spend most of your time on the beach. But then there are the dinners at night, and the shopping trips, and who knows, you might get invited to a private party or find a date that you’re definitely going to need a jaw-dropping outfit for.
It’s all the ‘what ifs’ that make packing for a holiday hard.
Norman Peires, knows a thing or two about packing. As the founder of an international business, it’s safe to say he’s been on a lot of trips. As an avid traveller who flies around the world for both work and leisure, he’s done his fair share of packing. For Norman, holidays usually consist of sun, sand and sea. His favourite hangout is the Caribbean, where he spends time in “one of the most beautiful places”, Anguilla, or on St Barts, where “Monte Carlo comes to the Caribbean.”
So, on sun-soaked holidays around the world, how does Norman advise you pack?
Double up on swimsuits
For a week-long beach holiday, you’ll need two swimming costumes. The majority of your holiday will be spent lying on a sun bed and floating in the ocean, so you’ll need to rotate between outfits and avoid always being snapped in the same ensemble.
Pick a colour scheme
The simplest way to ensure you have a flexible, mix-and-match wardrobe is to pick a combination of colours which complement each other. Sticking to navy and white, or denim and grey, means you’ll never have a clash. To save on space in your case and to add a bit of flair, pack colourful accessories.
Roll your clothes
This is a simple space-saving tip that every smart traveller should heed. Not only does it provide more room in your bag compared to regular folding, it can also minimise creases in your clothes. Once you check into your hotel, hang up anything that’s badly creased in the bathroom. The steam from the shower will help smooth the wrinkles.
While flip flops are the universal footwear of choice at the beach, sandals are much more versatile. They parade as comfortable beach shoes by day and work as a smart, dressy accessory by night.
Think of your holiday pals
Take into consideration who you’re travelling with and what holiday style they enjoy. If you’re going to be spending most nights tasting the fresh seafood at fancy restaurants, or are more likely to go on a hike in the hilly forests, your wardrobe is going to have to accommodate. For the former you’ll need a couple of nice dress shirts or a pretty shawl to wrap around your shoulders, while for the latter you’ll definitely need to remember your trainers.