Start Your Holiday Happier!

We love a holiday! With cheap city getaways, competitive flights and endless accommodation options, from camping to castles, there’s never been a better time to book that break! However, we also know how stressful packing for holidays can be. Pack too much and you end up burdened with heavy bags and excess luggage fees. Pack too little and you spend the first day running around buying missing items.

This year, over 12 million of us are expected to take winter holidays (source: ABTA)- that’s a lot of packing and unpacking! With this in mind, co-founder of Little Shop Of Ltd, Jackie McLaren, shares her top packing tips, so you can start your holiday happier…

  1. Make A List

A few days before, start jotting down everything you need to take with you. Make a comprehensive list and then leave it in a prominent place so you can easily add to it. By the time you come to open your case, you’ll have a succinct record of everything you need.

  1. Keep It Fresh

Unless you are a perpetual jetsetter, it’s likely that your suitcase will spend a lot of the year zipped shut, stuffed in a cupboard or loft. Pop some fabric conditioner sheets or lavender bags in amongst your clothes to stop them inheriting that musty smell.

  1. Lay Out Your Clothes

Before putting anything in your suitcase, lay out all the clothes you intend to take on your bed. This makes it much easier to avoid those packing mistakes such as a favourite top that doesn’t go with anything or three pairs of jeans for a two day trip!

  1. Roll, Don’t Fold

We’ve all read that too much sun can cause wrinkles but did you know that they can appear before the plane has even landed? To save space and stop creasing, roll your clothes instead of folding them.

  1. Layering Is Key

Wearing layers can add colour, texture and pattern, providing a simple way to expand your travel wardrobe. It also allows you to pack light even if you’re visiting multiple climates.

Packing in layers is another effective method for preventing clothes getting creased in your case. It also means you can easily find key items without having to unpack your entire bag.

  1. Bring Out The Bling

Jewellery can help transform any outfit- making your clothes work for the beach and the bar. However, if the thought of sifting through all your accessories to find the perfect match leaves you needing more than just a holiday, why not invest in one of our stylish Little Books (link) or Bundle Bags (link) offering the perfect space-saving solution for your suitcase.

  1. Cushion Your Compacts

To prevent your powder or eye shadow compacts from cracking during your travels, place a flat cotton wool pad in between the pressed powder and the lid.

  1. Leave Space In Your Case

If like me, you enjoy shopping make sure to leave room in your suitcase for the all-important souvenirs!

De-tox Your Dressing Table

It’s that time of year when everyone is talking about de-toxes. After indulging in some of the best food you’ve had all year, the media encourage you to eat cabbage soup and water until Spring. All this whilst returning to work, faced with nothing but dark winter nights and the knowledge that the next public holiday isn’t until Easter. In our opinion, it’s the worst time of year to go ‘cold turkey’, especially when we’ve still got Christmas leftovers in the freezer! However, there are other ways you can get the buzz and feel-good factor of a fresh start. Why not de-tox your home instead? Continue reading