I'm not sure why packing for a holiday is so stressful - I know it's a lovely problem to have but that doesn't take away the fact that I feel the pressure! Sure, as the kids get older things get easier - it doesn't matter if you've forgotten an ear thermometer, wet wipes and organic, sugar free snacks - but I still have that nagging feeling that I've forgotten something important, that I've overlooked a crucial charger or adaptor or (god help me) the Imodium.
So, in a quest to make things a little easier for you when it's your turn to pack up for your holidays, I thought I'd put together a little list of some of the things I'm taking with me.
Happy holidays - wherever you're off to and if you don't have any plans this year I hope you've got a few treats lined up over the summer.
This dry oil spray by Avon is an amazing mosquito repellent. We used it for the first time last year in Greece and it really worked - what's even better is that it smells nice and doesn't feel all sticky on your skin. It's dead cheap too.
I've been thinking of getting a clothes steamer for a while now - they seem to feature heavily on a lot of fashion blogs - so I thought a travel one would be a good investment for my holidays. This one arrived yesterday and I had a little practice session with it. It is amazing! Quick and easy to use and I know it will definitely be added to my 'why didn't I buy this before?' list!
My friend inspired me to buy these packing cubes and I'm hoping they will revolutionise my suitcase experience - along with my 'don't iron and don't fold (roll instead)' ethos! The reviews promise great things so I'm hopeful I may have at last reached peak 'Monica' on the packing front.
I have searched high and low for the perfect carry-on bag for flying and I still haven't found it but this will do in the meantime. It's from ASOS and is cheap, roomy and practical with a short and a long handle - you need a cross body option for travelling. Not enough pockets in my opinion but I can happily chuck my Macbook, Kindle and a jacket in there and still have room for my signature 'hair clip/one piece of Extra chewing gum/old tissue/WH Smith receipt' combination at the bottom.
I've reached that age where I don't really care what people think of me anymore and I definitely believe in practicality over image these days, so I will be wearing a bum bag at the airport on Monday. It makes perfect sense! No more rummaging around in my bag for passports and boarding cards - I'll have them in my designated pouch at all times, ready to whip out and distribute when needed. You may snigger but deep down you know I'm right!
I love this sun protection by Eucerin and haven't used anything different on my face for a couple of years now. It's light and matt and doesn't give you that horrible greasy feeling that so many suncreams do. Another plus is that it comes in a small enough bottle to pop in your handbag and it lasts ages!
Violet + Percy Basket
Violet + Percy Cuff
On a summer holiday I wear little other than sundresses - maxi and mini - maybe with the odd playsuit thrown in for a bit of variation but as this holiday is going to involve (light) activity, I thought it was about time I invested in a pair of shorts. I love these from H&M. They're the softest cotton - light and easy to wear and the print is just gorgeous.
P.S. The gorgeous lady in the thumbnail is my lovely grandma, Mary x