There are 2 types of people when it comes to packing for a trip/holiday…
1. The Organised Packer
Outfits are carefully planned, clothes are folded, shoes are cleaned (and filled with socks to save room), toiletries are categorised and bagged in separate compartments. Items for packing are placed strategically in the case starting with clothes you will need to unpack last. This packer is prepared, methodical, systemicatic *and probably a bit of a control freak*
2. The Throw It All In The Case Packer
Drawers and items from the wardrobe are emptied directly into the suitcase (sometimes still on hangers). Whether these garment form outfits or not is all part of the holiday fun. A few pairs of socks and pants are scattered on top (perfect if your case accidentally come unzipped at the airport…) along with some mis-matched bikini’s and a few pairs of flip flops.
Personally I LOVE packing... which ultimately makes me packer number 1 *wishing i hadn’t said the control freak thing now*. For me it’s all part of the pre-holiday excitement: planning outfits, shopping for those last minute travel essentials and just generally getting in the holiday mood. Your honeymoon will be one of the most pre-meditated holidays of your life and the importance of preparation for such an event should not be underestimated.
So if you are in a packing nightmare and are dreading getting organsied for your honeymoon just follow the simple steps below and you will be stree free and sunning yourself *in a carefully co-ordinated outfit* in no time at all. :)
♥ Make a list
Behind every good organised person is a list. Sit down with a pen and paper and start by making some generalised categories which you need to pack. i.e. clothes, shoes, swimwear, toiletries, electricals etc etc. Once you are happy with the categories it’s time to start adding in the detail. I always start with the easy bits such as toiletries; go through your daily routine and write down everything you think you will need when away, don’t forget to include your holiday appropriate items such as sun cream and insect repellant. TIP – LEAVE YOUR CLOTHES ‘TIL THE END! I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Items that we use everyday i.e. a tooth brush are easy to add on the list but clothes are very circumstantial and starting with this can cause unnecessary stress.
Once you have completed your list for all non-clothing you can move on to step 2…
If you are struggling with devising your list there are plenty of sites that can help. I especially love dont forget your toothbrush.
♥ Plan your outfits
This is the super fun part :) think about what you will be doing on your honeymoon (wink, wink) and be sure to check the weather first. Pick out approximately 1.5 x the number of the days of your honeymoon and that’s the number of both daytime and evening outfits you need to select. Don’t forget shoes, accessories and bags, bags,bags *and your saucy honeymoon undies*! NOTE: You may need to downsize to get the case done up… but lets worry about that later!
♥ Select your luggage type
Depending on what type of honeymoon you are going on will determine what type of luggage you need. For a beach break any standard suitcase will suffice, but if you will be moving around locations a wheeled duffle bag or travellers backpack may be more appropriate. Are you more comfortable with just a holdall or do you need a 4 wheeled upright for easy gliding whilst air port shopping? This part is really down to personal preference but something to consider non the less.
♥ Pile Up
Now, before you can actually put the items into your suitcase make sure you have laid everything out in piles around the room (this will save time later on I promise). Have a final check through all of your items and remove anything that ”seemed like a good idea” in your initial selection stage, that you know you will not really use whilst away *remember space in your suitcase = shopping whilst away*
♥ De-risk your toiletries
Make sure all of your toiletries are secured in waterproof bags inside your washbag (even if the washbag itself is waterproof) you can never be too carefull when it comes to cabin pressure! The last thing you want is to open your case to find shampoo soaked clothes. Ensure sharp objects are also covered up aswell so they don’t poke through and catch on your clothes.
♥ The order of packing
There is lots to be said about the order of packing so I will make it very easy… BE LOGICAL. Everyone packs slightly differently but a long as you approach it sensibly you’ll be fine. I follow a very simple method *may not be the best method but always works well for me*…
1. Shoes around the outside (extra protection from the suitcase throwing men at the airport)
2. Bottom half of the case (when upright) is for toiletries
3. Top half of the case is for clothing arranged in pile by garment style i.e. day tops, evening tops, shorts etc
4. Electrical goods i.e. hair dryers get tucked into the centre of the case
5. Cover the contents of your case with a big cushty beach towel for extra padding (and because you will need a towel)
6. Zip up the case (but any means necessary) and secure with padlock, bag strap, cellophane, heavy duty chains… whatever takes your fancy
♥ Handy Packing Infographics (a picture is worth 1,000 words)
Happy Packing… A x