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Just booked a trip? These packing lists are a game-changer

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Just booked a trip? These packing lists are a game-changer

In need of a holiday? You don’t need to travel far to do it. In 2021, vacations to local holiday destinations are trending, and for good reason. Not only are they quicker to fly or drive to – always a win – you can often save money on accommodation and transport. Plus, exploring an area nearby means you can take advantage of long weekends and last-minute deals.

So where are you heading? Perhaps a sunny trip to the coast or maybe you want to head inlands and set up camp ahead of a weekend hike. Once you’ve decided, it's packing time! For that, we’ve pulled together handy checklists for both types of holidays, so you won't forget the essentials.

To the lists!

The beach getaway

The sun is finally back which brings the perfect temperature to be relaxing on a towel by the water. Resist the urge to load up your suitcase with your entire spring wardrobe and focus instead on separates that are easy to mix and match.

1. One-piece by day, bodysuit by night
Choose classic pairs in neutral colourways, that way you won’t mind rewearing them throughout your trip. Transition your swimwear from day to night by pairing one-pieces or a fuller-coverage bikini top with some high wasted shorts or a maxi skirt for the perfect dinner outfit. Find your perfect style at David Jones and Surf Dive'n Ski.


Image credit: Seafolly available at David Jones

2. Packable hat
This is your chance to play with texture. Hats are being made in all sorts of materials this season from classic canvas to fun terry towelling. An added bonus with a soft fabric hat is that they are easy to pack, meaning more room for that book you plan on reading!

3. Day-to-night dress
A light maxi dress acts as a great cover up for your trip to the beach during the day, but can also be dressed up for a dinner with some jewellery and heels. Versatility is key.


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4. Linen twin sets
Perfect for travel, these top and skirt or short sets give you outfit options galore, wear together or mix and match with other pieces from your suitcase. Plus, linen keeps you cool during the day and warmer during the evening.

5. Statement sunglasses
The perfect accessory for days in the sun. Spring 21 fashion is about making a statement and the perfect way to do that is with a new pair of shades.


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6. Slide in style
Not into heels on holiday? Swap your sneakers for a pair of slides that can be worn on the sand, but also out to dinner.

7. Hair repair
If you’re going to be swimming or out in the sun, pack a deep hydrating treatment, such as Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Reset Masque from Hairhouse to keep your hair pristine after all of that sand, sun and surf.

8. The perfect base
The ocean and makeup don’t mix, so keep it simple when packing. A few lightweight products paired with your fresh beach waves creates an effortless glam. Start with skincare, then layer a BB cream or tinted moisturiser, it will offer enough coverage and glow without being cakey. Our top tip is to find one with SPF. Try Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising BB Gel from David Jones or The Body Shop Fresh Nude BB Cream or La Roche-Posay Uvidea BB Cream from Priceline.


Image credit: Aesop available at David Jones

For all your warm weather escape essentials, visit: Surf Dive 'n Ski, Sunglass Hut, Sportsgirl, Strandbags, Witchery, Mimco and David Jones.

Tip: A simple way to edit your packing list down further is by sticking with a complimentary colour palette so your holiday wardrobe can be styled together with ease. Start with a few of your favourite basics and add in some fun pieces that can be styled into multiple outfits. Anything that lacks versatility stays home. (Top tip: Make things easy by snapping photos of your winning outfits on your phone.) Accessories work extra hard on holidays, so don’t forget to add those.

Adventuring in the great outdoors

Whether you are going to hike up a mountain, or take a long beach walk, these are your must have items when setting off from base camp. Grab your backpack, throw in a water bottle and some sunscreen and you'll be set for anything!


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1. Backpack
If you are up for a long hike you will need to be prepared! Start with a trusty backpack to carry all of your essentials. For the latest packs, check out Rebel and Kathmandu.

2. Shorts
A great base for any outdoor holiday wardrobe. Mix between cotton and linen when relaxing at the camp site and opt for something sporty when stretching your legs on a hike.

3. Sun Protection
Never forget to slip, slop, slap, especially when spending all day in the sun. Always reach for a sunscreen with a SPF 30 or higher and splurge a little more on one for your face. Try Kiehl's Super Fluid daily UV Defence SPF 50+ from David Jones or Invisible Zinc Sheer Defence SPF 50+ from Priceline.


Image credit: @invisiblezincau available at Priceline

4. Sturdy shoes
A pair of hiking boots will see you through most outdoor activities. Make sure they are worn then in before you set off to avoid those dreaded blisters.

5. Cap
A hat is an essential for any outdoor activity. It will also stop the wind from blowing your hair in your face.

6. A light wind breaker
In early spring some mornings can be very crispy, don’t forget to pack a wind breaker to combat the morning chill. It’s the perfect jacket that will keep you warm enough but won’t having you sweating.

7. Hydration
The most essential of all things is a water bottle. It doesn't matter if you plan to break a sweat or not, you should always stay hydrated. Insulated ones are all the rage right now to keep your water nice and cool. If you want to take your hiking gear to the next level pick up a hydro bladder and drink like a pro.


Image credit: @camelbak, available at Rebel @kaitvanhoff


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Tip: If there’s one thing tidying expert Marie Kondo has taught us, it’s that a clever approach to folding clothes can result in more storage space. Her packing tips? Fold underwear as small as possible, then tuck into bra cups or shoes to save room. Roll thinner fabrics to prevent wrinkles, and use packing cubes to stay organised.

For everything you need for your spring escape, shop at: David Jones, Kathmandu, Rebel, Cotton On, Bonds, Surf Dive 'n Ski, Witchery, Sunglass Hut, and Strandbags.

Lastly, you will need a bag to pack everything in for your journey. Are you after a hardy duffle bag to take camping? or maybe you’re after a new suitcase for your flight? Shop at Rebel, Kathmandu, David Jones, Mimco, and Strandbags for bags large and small.


Image credit: Country Road, available at David Jones


Image credit: @samsonite_au, available at Strandbags and David Jones

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