6 Things To Do Before A Holiday:


So, as ever, I've left it a little late and am two sleeps away from going on a little trip to Marseille with Roxy and then immediately heading away on my own summer hols.

To say I have major pre-holiday anxiety would be such an understatement I can't even tell you. Last night I tried on (yes, in this absurd heat!) every single thing I'd optimistically purchased over the last few months ahead of both and was left feeling beyond flobby and wholly unprepared. So, I thought I'd pop together a little list on her, almost as a reminder to myself, of all the things I cannot and must not forget to do/pack/prepare.

For those of you who, like me, are rather leave-everything-until-the-last-minute-and-then-panic packers..,

1, TRY YOUR HOLIDAY CLOTHES ON BEFORE YOU PACK THEM
This sounds pretty basic and rather obvious but changing rooms, the awful lighting and the huge queues that precede them are hideous and as such, I never ever try anything on in-store. This has long been my go-to and often failsafe option. But 90% of the pieces I tried on yesterday were bloody awful on me I now have no option but to brave Oxford Street in 30+ degree heat to return and exchange things. Yuppp I've learnt my lesson.

2, MAKE A LIST & CHECK IT TWICE
So once you've tried on your holiday clothes and made sure all your old favourites are freshly washed and good to go. Go old school and make a little list of key essentials that you know you couldn't make it through the week without. I generally tend to forget either my pjs or a toothbrush, both of which can easily be replaced. However, things like your beloved sunnies, the book you were desperate to read and  always prove to be a little difficult.

3, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HAND LUGGAGE
Whilst my pre-holiday organisation is pretty poor one thing I'm blooming proud of is my ability to pack a pretty solid hand luggage bag. I honestly thing they're more important than your hold luggage. There's nothing quite as lovely as having your chewing gum, fave pair of fluffy socks and sheet mask to hand. I don't get on a flight without a see-through handy pouch with lip balm, hand cream and a roll-on fragrance.

4, THE BORING BUT ESSENTIAL BITS
Your passport goes without saying but visa's and travel insurance (more below...) are absolute must-haves. SD cards, waterproof phone cases, CURRENCY - so, so important! Camera's, chargers, laptops. Any prescribed mediation, antihistamines, bite-creams and paracetamol. Also, always take a few plasters as you just know you'll be caught out by your new sandals.

5, BEAUTY PREP
Sometimes life just gets in the way and the mani-pedi you planned on getting just doesn't happen. Try not to stress over it and don't panic as you can always rely on the Boots at your airport for a nail file, polish or two and a last resort new-razor.

6, INVEST IN GOOD COVER
If you're lucky enough to travel quite often investing in something like annual travel insurance is a great idea, some options are only £20/5 per year and if you ever needed to use it it'd be worth every penny.

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