It’s summer holiday season (YAY). Dom and I are off to beautiful Portugal very soon with his family for some much needed sun, rest and relaxation together and I couldn’t be more excited.
Holidays can be the perfect antidote to a little stress, but forgetting to bring things with you can certainly dampen things. Going with your sister / mum / girl friends can be different because they’ve usually got your back when it comes to girly bits, but with Dom, I can’t just steal his skincare / shoes!
So, here are 10 dos and don’ts to make the most of your summer holiday and to making sure you it’s one to remember for the right reasons.
1. DON’T FORGET TO BE ORGANISED
Firstly, get yourself a little travel pack with your passport, itinerary, money and boarding passes so you’re completely prepped for the journeys. Make sure you have the essentials like sun cream, plug socket adapters and a good book. Then, research where you’re going – will you need a car / bus the other side? Are there any amazing restaurants nearby that you would love to try? You may even find somewhere incredible to visit on Pinterest that you just can’t miss!
2. DO FIND THE PERFECT TRAVEL BAG
It can be a struggle to find the perfect bag – one that allows you to find everything you need easily without spilling your entire contents on the airport floor. My Fiorelli handbag is the perfect carry on for any flight. Big enough to fit my laptop and camera, yet with enough small compartments to tuck my travel documents away safely, an inside pocket for things I won’t need until I’m back (house keys and ££) PLUS more space to keep those liquids separate too (in their clear plastic bag of course!)
3. DON’T OVERPACK
(I can safely say I have never been one for over packing. Dom on the other hand…)
All of our holidays this year are long weekends / weekend breaks. So this is definitely something we need to get right. If your holiday is 4 days long you definitely don’t need 6 pairs of shoes, similarly if you’re off for two weeks, you don’t need 14 bikinis. Try to match different pieces together (one tee can make 3 different outfits with the right bottoms!). Plus this means you have enough room to bring home some purchases!
4. DO STAY SUN SAFE
The older I get, the more I care about my skin and the effects the sun has on it. I used to carelessly throw some sun cream on before leaving the hotel – usually in a rush and with little regard to those pesky areas around your bikini! I would very rarely reapply it during the day, drink cocktails instead of water and always avoid the shade! I think I even tried an oil once (instead of a suncream) – needless to say, with my skin, it did not go well! Besides, there’s nothing worse than getting sunburn on the first day and feeling uncomfortable and sore for the rest of the vacation!
Nowadays I’m much better – I make sure I reapply my suncream often throughout the day, drink plenty of water throughout the day, head to the shade when I can feel myself getting a bit too hot and ensure I always have my sunglasses with me without fail.
5. DON’T FORGET YOUR USUAL SKINCARE
I know I have made this mistake before. Forgetting to pack skincare and having to get whatever looks like a cleanser in the local shops is not the one. This leaves you with overly greasy skin that is prone to breakouts. It’s understandable – not only does your skin have to adjust to a different climate, different food (/ more alcohol), additional Vitamin D and suncream (something we don’t usually tend to wear at home as Brits). By adding in another layer of uncertainty your skin is 100% confused. Which is why I always make sure I bring my usual skincare away with me now.
6. DO PACK FOR THE OCCASION
Again something so simple! I’m from a very active family so I always make sure I’ve got the right kit for exercising / exploring – you don’t want to end up with your only choice being your (admittedly gorgeous) new shoes – you’ll just end up with blisters all over your feet and blood in your shoes.
7. DON’T GO MAD AT THE BUFFET
As much as I love to use the excuse ‘oh but we’re on holiday’ when it comes to food and drink, my “summer holiday” this year is technically quite a few weekends away and I don’t want to keep eating and eating and then wonder why I can’t fit into my work clothes any more!
I also don’t want to feel horribly bloated the next day on the beach taking outfit shots or feel terribly tired / hungover and dehydrated because we kept drinking cocktails until 3AM! However, it is a holiday after all, and we all deserve a break – so don’t feel guilty if you do have a couple of glasses of wine / that incredible dessert!
8. DO SWITCH OFF NOW AND THEN
While I absolutely LOVE taking beautiful pictures of the area or the food I’m eating, I am definitely guilty of leaving Dom in silence as I write out my caption for Instagram! However, I think I am getting better at this – I try to take a step away from the internet and just enjoy the moment. While this won’t stop me getting my camera out and taking pictures, this will leave us with the moments and memories that are definitely worth keeping! Plus you can always post them when you’re back.
9. DO EMBRACE THE HOLIDAY LOOK
I must admit that I’m not someone who wears a full face of make up every day, but I still think there is something liberating about embracing your natural sun kissed face and enjoying the sea salted hair. So leave your beach wavy hair down and add a little tinted moisturiser, followed by a brush of mascara and a kiss of lip balm.
10. DON’T FORGET TO RELAX
THIS IS YOUR TIME TO RELAX. Don’t stress about what you’ve left at home – it will be here when you get back! Just focus on recharging your batteries and enjoying yourself!