We spend countless hours planning our get-away, researching the best deals, shopping for our essentials and yet we still don’t seem to have mastered the art of packing what we actually want or need to take with us on our travels.
Our survey of over 3,000 people revealed 9 out of 10 of us – 93 per cent – are expected to bring back unworn clothes this summer that never make it out of the hotel wardrobe.
So we decided to put together 5 essential packing tips that will save you from wasting valuable space and weight in your suitcase with clothes that should have been left at home.
The survey revealed 32 per cent of women will pack more than three swimsuits or bikinis for a one week holiday.
Our head buyer Caroline spends much of the year jet–setting the globe looking for inspiration for next season’s collections and has mastered the art of packing like a pro.
She said: “As much as it would be great to have a different swimsuit everyday – most of us probably won’t have room. Two is plenty and you can rotate them around. These mix and match combos are perfect (http://bit.ly/1UHDrhW).
There’s nothing worse than pulling out your sexy summer dress you’ve been waiting all year to wear and then having to fold it back up because you packed every bra under the sun, but not the right one to be hidden under the dress.
Caroline suggests: “Pack a staple beige strapless – one you’re really comfortable in – and leave the rest at home. I love this one from Wonderbra at Debenhams .”
Most of us know we want a dress that takes us from beach to bar, but in reality it’s hard to find one that does this without leaning too much one way or another.
Caroline recommends: “This floaty and flirty beach dress can be thrown over your bikini during the day and its bold coloured print and handkerchief hem mean with a pair of wedges it creates a striking evening look. Two for the price of one and rolled up will even fit in a pair of your shoes!”
It’s been ingrained on us since we were small to ‘pack as many pairs of socks and pants as there are days we’re away’ but on a hot holiday this doesn’t apply. Take the pair you’re wearing when you leave and only one extra pair for when you’re coming back.
Caroline says: “If you’re not convinced two pairs is enough a little pot of Dylon Travel Wash is only 99p from Waitrose.”
Our holiday footwear is very important to us, with nearly half of women saying if they had any space left in their suitcase – this is what they’d try and cram in some more of.
Caroline advises: “If you’re not one for massive killer heels in the UK you’re probably not going to wear them abroad either. Wedges and flip-flops – enough said.”