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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

What Not To Take When Going On Holiday

When you've got a holiday planned, you might seek advice from others about planning and organisation. Almost everything that you find is going to tell you what to take, the items you shouldn't leave behind, the things it's essential you remember. It can all get a little bit same-y.
While the above lists are undoubtedly good and should be considered, maybe it's time to approach this from a different direction. You're going to know there's a lot you should have in your suitcase, but what should stay at home?
It might seem obvious - you're going to leave the blender behind, that's not much use. The TV also. No one needs a list of the things they don't need. Except... perhaps they do. There's things that you might throw in that you'll never actually need. Not only does that limit space for the things you actually require, but do it with enough items and you're going to wind up paying extra baggage. If that sounds like something that you want to avoid, then read on:
1. As many shoes as you can jam into the case.
You don't need it. The idea of a capsule wardrobe is a distant dream for most of us, so we compromise and just grab anything we think we might need. However, shoes are tough to pack and take up a lot of space. Limit yourself to three pairs for a week, and four for a fortnight.
2. Expensive jewelry
We'd include in this your engagement and wedding rings, as well as heirlooms. It might seem bizarre to leave these things behind, but there's a good reason for it. If you lose them in a foreign country, then chances are, they're gone forever. Language can prove a real barrier to conducting searches and a loss on a beach is going to be tough to track. If you feel naked without them, then look for a stand in from affordable places like elf925 that can make the trip. The genuine items are best left at home while their stand-ins see you through the holiday.
3. Makeup that doesn't suit the climate
If you're going somewhere hot, there's little need for items like bronzer and any eye makeup that isn't waterproof. You're going to enjoy yourself, not to spend hours reapplying every time something shifts off your skin. Be harsh and limit yourself to a small makeup bag of the essentials. Remember the carry-on laws if you're planning to take anything in your hand luggage, too.
4. Cash
It's always a good idea to have a certain amount of local currency, but it's now advisable to carry the bulk of your funds by other means. You can find specialist credit cards that have some of the best exchange rates available. Cash is far too susceptible to being lost or - even worse - stolen, so limit your supply and focus on other methods.  If possible, take a couple of different cards that you keep in separate areas of your luggage and handbag.
Follow the above and you should have space for the things you actually need. Have a fantastic trip!
Love always,
Calista xx

*This post was contributed.

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