How To: Pack For Your Summer Holiday

Summer holidays are ridiculously exciting – you spend most of the year looking forward to them, planning them, daydreaming about everything you’ll get up to. As the time draws nearer, you start thinking more practically…and the same question always arises first. “What on earth am I going to pack?!”. It’s something I’ve been stressing about recently, before I got a grip and realised that it’s really not that complicated. Here are my tips for holiday packing!


  • Think logically. If you’re going away for 7 days, you don’t need 12 bikinis (as gorgeous as they all might be). In fact, you will probably end up using about 4/5 of them. Save space in your suitcase!
  • Take a look at the local weather forecast for where you are going. If there’s any chance of rain, make sure you take something other than bikinis and tank tops. Unless you intend to carry on swimming in the pool come rain or shine, in which case you are my hero.
  • Look out for special ‘travel sized’ items. I adore mini shampoos/conditioners/shower gels – they save SO much space, and give you more room for the most important toiletries – sunscreen and aftersun. No joke guys – sunburn can ruin your holiday. Don’t risk it!
  • Pack neatly. This is NOT my strong point (Tiz despairs at my untidy-ness!) but it really helps you to pack everything into your suitcase. You might also appreciate the crease-free nature of folding properly once you arrive at your destination too!
  • Take note  of the baggage weight allowance of the airline you’re travelling on – it is VERY embarrassing trying to balance out the weight of your luggage into different suitcases in the middle of the check-in area.


  • Take up half of your packing space with every item of make up you own. Think about it – if you’re going on a beach holiday, how much make up are you realistically going to wear? I know my answer!
  • Put EVERYTHING into your suitcase – I like to keep a spare set of underwear in my hand luggage in case of an unfortunate baggage loss/delay. Better to be safe than sorry (and pant-less)
  • Count on buying all your ‘last minute essentials’ at the airport – I once knew someone who spend a small fortune on suncreams before boarding the plane and then being told they couldn’t take it all on-board. Big waste of money, and an irritating start to the holiday.
  • Go mad in duty-free and buy your body weight in Toblerones. If you’re off to a hot country, the last thing you want upon arrival is to look in your hand luggage bag and find a mush of melted chocolate covering all of your essentials.
  • Forget to have FUN – this all sounds very organisation-freakish, but just make sure you’ve got the basics covered then have a bloody good time!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. June 7, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    I put a bikini in my hand luggage instead of undies as if you’re like me, its a massive hassle finding swimwear to fit in the UK nevermind if you lose your luggage and have to track some down abroad! It also doubles up as underwear in a worst case scenario!

    Helpful post though!

    Elspeth xxx

  2. Eunice
    June 7, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    Hey Chyaz, great post! just what I needed! Can I ask you for some advice? I am going to spend July in Brighton and I have no idea what to pack.
    I am Spanish and many people are telling me that summer in Brighton is like spring here in my country, but that’s subjective… I don’t know, can you give me your opinion? Does it get really hot in Brighton in July? Or will I be wearing many layers? Thank you!

  3. Lisa
    June 7, 2011 / 8:19 pm

    hey chyaz!

    i really like the tips you give us here.. so i wondered if you could do tips what to pack for a festival 🙂


    • Shazza
      June 7, 2011 / 11:50 pm

      Yes, please do, particularly metal festivals and concerts. I go to them quite often and would really love some pointers on what to take.

  4. Sofie
    June 7, 2011 / 11:17 pm

    Really useful 🙂 Packing is one of the most stressful things about the summerholiday. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. June 8, 2011 / 5:55 pm

    hey chyaz,thankx…. for those tips as i am packing for my summer holiday,u r tips helped me a lot

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