A luxury holiday can be a very different experience to what you may have booked before. And when venturing out on my first one, I made quite a few errors and quickly went shopping to fix them. It’s not just about the fashion. A luxury holiday is quite simply, relaxing. And like any holiday, it is what you make of it. So not only do you feel the need to look good, but it is essential to feel good as well – which I class with a high level of importance.
Here are my top tips on what to take with you on a luxury holiday.
- Pool side shoes – Usually wedged sandals, with some shimmer through the stitching. Although, do not spend the earth on these as they will get chlorine on them.
- Kaftan – purchase a full length kaftan. They keep you cool, are quick to throw on for lunch and with your wedges will make you look and feel a million dollars.
- Sun Glasses – Now, with this do not under any circumstances buy a pair just because they are the lastest fashion. If they don’t suit your face shape you will look stupid and not feel confident and relaxed. Shop around, take a good friend and buy a pair that suit you.
- Swim Wear – Like sun glasses, choose what suits your figure and what you feel comfortable. It doesn’t have to be a tiny bikini, full costumes have stunning silhouettes to them now, so shop around
- A good hat
- Hair Dryer – always take your own. You risk either the hotel not having one or it not providing the same performance as your own.
- Wide tooth comb – You hair will get tangled from the heat and frizz, sea water, chlorine and lets be honest, sweat. A good comb will let you really work in a conditioning treatment to keep your locks protected and not frazzled. We all remember Monica from Friends and we don’t want that, do we.
- Hair treatments – don’t change your brand. Stick to what you know, but remember to take it and treat your hair twice a week to keep everything soft, shiny and well presentable
- Styling products – take what you need with you. That serum which saves you every day won’t be any use to you sitting on your bathroom shelf at home. So pack it and if it is too large dispense some into a small travel pack.
- Essentials only – This is something that took me years to figure out. For a 2 week holiday I only need 4 pairs of shoes. These consist of; Trainers, Flip Flops and two pairs of wedges (Pool Side and Going Out)
- Body Scrub – As well as your hair, your skin will be taken through it’s biggest test against heat, sea water, sand (also my favorite pedicure accessory) and chlorine. You may also notice a difference in your skin due to the water system. All of this adds up and can be quite stressful and cause you to have patchy dry skin and worst of all peeling. Packing a good thick body scrub will be your saving grace
- Moisturiser – Do this every day. Twice if you can. To keep your skin in top condition and to maintain your tan
And above all. WATER. Drink plenty of it. Due to the amount you will sweat and daily workouts I always take a couple of boxes of Dhyralite with me to prevent any dehydration