Pack like a pro this holiday

1. Put some thought into what you'd like to take with you a week before the time.
Go into your wardrobe. Choose two basic colours e.g. white and denim. Depending on your destination, your basics will either be trousers, shorts or skirts in basic colours. Then you select several tops to go with this.

If you are planning a night out, select a strappy top that can also be worn with your basic items.  This allows you to mix and match with ease.  Dresses are also great basics.  Select one or two that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

2. Make a shopping list.
See if anything you need is missing and make a shopping list. For example, do you have the correct bra for that top that you wish to wear? You might think that you have that cami, but find that it's missing in action.

3. Select clothing that you love to wear and travels well.
Most women enjoy wearing fabrics that breathe, such as cotton for a summer holiday. Choose items that have a slight stretch to them, such as cotton blends. This reduces creasing.

4. Pack to minimize creasing.
Iron everything prior to and lay them as flat as possible with as little folding as possible. Take along with you a little travel steam iron. These are small and extremely easy to use.

5. Take along a small well sealed container of washing powder.
This allows you to hand wash underwear or small items and reduces the number of items that you pack. If necessary, make use of your steam iron to get rid of the creasing after washing.

6. Put thought into shoes.
Most women take too many shoes along. Make a list of the activities that you're likely to embark on and pack your hiking boots for walking and then restrict your other pair of shoes to a thong or pair of shoes that you can easily dress up or down.

7. Don't forget your bikini.
Take along a sarong or dress if you prefer a bit of a cover-up. Make sure that your sunhat is floppy or small so that it doesn't get ruined and can literally be pushed into your suitcase.
8. Decant your toiletry items into smaller plastic containers to increase space.
Woolworths, Clicks and Diskem sells a wonderful little travel pack of small plastic containers that make packing your toiletries easy.

Most importantly, always pack clothing that will make you feel fabulous, reflect your holiday mood and enhance your holiday pleasure.

Have fun!

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