The trick is minimal packing while maximizing the number of outfits. You can do this by opting for pieces in cohesive colours and similar fabrics that pair together nicely. And remember — comfort isn’t just key, it’s essential. Stay away from silk (you can get away with a silk slip dress), or heavy fabrics like denim and wool.
Now, this may sound obvious, but when packing you need to plan your outfits ahead. Don’t just pack a nice top because you like it. Pack full outfits with an even mix of casual day wear and elevated resort wear for dinners and fancy lunches.
Less is more when it comes to jewellery on holidays. But that doesn’t mean you should leave it all at home! Earrings to elevate your look from day to night and a nice gold bangle or cuff should suffice. However, we also wouldn’t say no to a playful statement piece to transform an outfit you’ve already worn into something brand new. Keep your belongings tidy with a canvas tote for the beach and a smaller bag for evening adventures.
When it comes to shoes, don’t overpack. You need two, maybe three pairs, max. But you could also get by with just one nice pair of sandals. Ensure you opt for a pair that stay on your feet so you’re able to easily pedal a bicycle. Pool slides, while not a ‘must-have,’ definitely make life easier when strolling to the pool, beach or a morning coffee run. We also recommend everyone brings a pair of runners (keep reading to find out why). The only exception is if you have planned activities that require a certain shoe type, such as horse-riding or sky jumping, or you’re attending an event that requires a heel.
FUN IN THE SUN
We find the number one item people often forget is their sunglasses! Make sure you also pack a case to keep them from getting squashed in your luggage. You’ll also need a swimsuit. We recommend more than one as the feeling of slipping into cold wet swimmers and waiting for them to dry on your body is less than desirable.
Now it’s important to consider what you’ll be wearing over your swimwear. This may come in the form of a long linen shirt, sarong, shorts or floaty dress. Whatever you choose ensure that it’s quick drying so you’re not left walking around with wet patches from your bathers.
WALKING COUNTS AS EXERCISE
Looking to tackle the Light House Walk or visit a local waterfall? You need proper runners, not sneakers. We have beautiful walking tracks here in Byron but they’re no walk in the park. You may not think you’re going to do any exercise but we recommend taking an optimistic approach to your holiday fitness regime. Runners, socks, sports shorts, sports bra, top – that’s all you need for an emergency case of exercise. Take it from us, there is nothing more motivating than the opportunity to explore Byron’s great outdoors, but you risk ruining the experience if you’re not prepared with the proper attire.
Aside from the obvious, there are a few key items you may not think to pack. Firstly, zit cream and concealer. While the sun and salty water are generally amazing for clearing your skin; humidity, travel and environmental changes can occasionally wreak havoc on your complexion. Tweezers are also a good idea to throw in your toiletries bag in case of surprise stray hairs you may not have noticed in your mirror at home. Pack make-up remover, be it via bottle, wipe or reusable pad, and for those who are a fan of fake tan, it’s best to apply before you arrive!
Eye masks or face masks are also amazing for the day after you’ve enjoyed a few too many holiday margis and need to look alive again for lunch. Our top pick is the Go-To Skincare Transformazing sheet mask!
If your hair suffers from humidity woes or needs a helping hand when it comes to post-swim styling be sure to come prepared – cue flashbacks of Monica’s Barbados hair. On the subject of hair, we also find it extremely necessary to remind you to pack your hairbrush. We’ve forgotten, it was horrible, let’s move on!
Finally, if there is any medication you might need (even if it’s only emergency medication) it’s best to be safe than sorry and pack that too.
YOU’LL REGRET IF YOU FORGET
Sleep in your birthday suit? That’s fine by us but some form of a pyjama or loungewear is ideal for relaxing around your room. Then you’ll need socks, underwear and bras. The latter in colours that don’t show through your clothes.
Bringing a phone? Don’t forget your charger! Lugging your laptop? Again, don’t forget the charger! We also never leave the house without headphones!