Holiday season is here! That means plenty of hot dog legs on Instagram we can be jealous of, lounging by the pool, and cocktails on the beach! If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere warm and beautiful this summer, we’ve put together a summer holiday packing guide with some essentials and some helpful tips. And if you’re bringing any of our lace pieces with you on holiday, snap a pic of it in your suitcase and tag us on Instagram!
Essentials to pack…
#1 A sarong or a wide scarf
A sarong is such an amazing item to bring with you on holiday because you can use it in so many ways! You can use it as a pillow or a blanket on the plane, as a skirt on the beach, as a picnic blanket, as a wrap on chilly evenings…it’s so versatile! Plus, they come in so many different beautiful colours and patterns. You don’t just have to try and hunt down a sarong – thin, wide scarves work just as well too.
#2 Our new Lou Lou halter set!
We just launched the new Lou Lou halterneck set and we’re completely in love with this vintage-style white floral lace – it’s become a Brighton Lace signature! Our sets are perfect for taking on holiday since the fabric is so light, it’s ideal for hot summer nights. Plus, you can wear the halter top as outerwear, and the lace ties at the back mean that it’s super comfortable – just want you need on a hot, sunny day! Take a look at our Lou Lou halter set here.
#3 A beach bag and a clutch bag
As much as you don’t want to overpack, bringing both a beach bag and a clutch bag is essential! You want a nice, big beach bag to take everything you’ll need out with you – your bikini, a towel, some suncream, maybe a book…but then when you go out in the evenings, you don’t want to be lugging that thing around with you! Plus, your beach bag is going to get wet and sandy, it’s unavoidable – and not ideal if you’re heading out for a nice dinner. So take something smaller along with you for just your evening essentials.
#4 Fancy flip flops
Sure, we all love a good heel, but when you’re walking along cobbled streets or sand, you might find yourself dreading putting those things on in the evening. That’s when some fancy flip flops are ideal! There are so many gorgeous flip flops available with proper bases, not foam, with jewels, gems, or sparkles on the straps to dress them up. They’re super comfortable and look gorgeous, and are totally appropriate for holiday evenings.
#5 Quick hair fixes!
If you’re heading straight from the beach to dinner, the last thing you want to be worrying about is sea-hair! So make sure you bring a little quick-fix hair kit with you to the beach. Depending on how you like your hair, or how cooperative it is after spending hours in salt water, you might want to bring a mini hairbrush, some hairbands, a headband, or some pins. A detangling spray can also be super useful for reducing your hair from a messy, knotted wave to a soft, beachy wave!
Helpful packing tips…
#1 Use packing cubes
Packing cubes are possibly the best invention ever. Okay, probably not, but they are amazing for helping you pack. They’re a great way to get everything organised so that once you get on holiday you don’t have to worry about finding where you’ve put everything. They’re little pouches that come in all different sizes, and they zip closed. You can put all your tops in one cube, your dresses in another, your undies in another, and you can leave one empty all ready for your laundry so it’s separated from the rest of your clothes. Packing cubes are an organised girl’s dream!
#2 Bring a portable charger
When you’re sunbathing at the beach, sunglasses on, headphones in, the last thing you want is for your phone to die and the music to cut out. Portable chargers are great if you use a lot of teach while you’re out and about on holiday, whether that’s because you like listening to music while sunbathing, taking photos of the beautiful region you’re in, or maybe you just want to make sure your phone won’t die in case you lose sight of your group and need to contact them. Portable chargers are pretty small and super handy, just charge it overnight at your hotel and pop it in your bag the next day – simple!
#3 Pack versatile pieces
Make sure that you have a lot of pieces that can work together, so you can mix and match different outfits. If you bring tops/shorts/skirts that can all go together, you don’t have to worry about piecing together an outfit and it also means you can probably take fewer clothes with you. If you’ve got a top you love but it only goes with a certain pair of shorts, how much use are you going to get out of that? Look at patterned things carefully too. If you only bring one skirt and it’s got a busy pattern, will you want to wear that with super patterned tops too? Think about how all the peices you’re bringing work together!
#4 Leave space for holiday buys
It’s tempting to just pack your suitcase to the brim so you can bring as much with you as you like (what if you need those white stilettos you’ve only worn once but would look amazing with a tan?), but you’ll soon be regretting that if you love a bit of holiday shopping! If you’re the type of person that loves to buy themselves treats on holiday, or likes to bring souvenirs back for family and friends, make sure you leave enough space for that in your suitcase – or you’ll have to make some tough decisions when you pack to come home!
#5 Make a list!
For some people, packing is all part of the fun of going on holiday, and they make lists, roll every item of clothing, and pack it all in a super organised way. For others, it’s a chore that gets left to the last minute. If you’re one of those people – resist the temptation to throw things in a bag and leave! The last thing you want when you get to your beautiful destination is to find you’ve left something important at home. Even if it’s less important, it can be disappointing to find that that dress you bought specifically for this holiday has been forgotten. Sit down with a cup of tea and take ten minutes to write a list of everything you think you’ll need, then you can cross things off as you throw things into your suitcase!
We hope you got some useful tips for your holiday here! If you’re jetting off somewhere and taking one of our peices, we’d love to see, so tag us on Instagram!