Just booked a trip? These packing lists are a game-changer
Keen to embrace a change of scenery this winter? You don’t need to travel far to do it. In 2021, vacations to local hotspots 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.
Depending on where you live, both warm and cool weather options abound thanks to this lucky land we live in. Once you’ve decided where you’re going, it's packing time! For that, we’ve pulled together handy checklists for both types of holidays, so you won't miss out on packing a thing.
To the lists!
The warm weather escape
While it may be winter, if you’re looking for sunshine you can still find it in certain parts of the country. Resist the urge to load up your suitcase with your entire summer wardrobe, and focus instead on separates that are easy to wear.
1. Packable hat
Read: Not straw. Opt for a fabric bucket or floppy style for maximum sun protection that’s still toteable.
To keep the sun out of your eyes while sightseeing. They’re an easy way to add style to a simple outfit, too.
Image credit: @sunglasshut @_hollyt
3. Day-to-night dress
A wrap dress acts as a great cover up by the pool during the day but can also be made fancy for the evening.
Image credit: @becandbridge also available at David Jones
4. Linen twin sets
Perfect for travel, these top and skirt or short sets give you outfit options galore. Plus, linen keeps you cool during the day and warmer during the eve.
5. Leather slides
Not into heels on holiday? Swap your sneakers for a pair of leather slides that can be worn to the beach but also out to dinner.
Image credit: @meccabeauty
7. All-in-one colour product
Narrow down your makeup bag selection with multipurpose beauty products, such as using a cheek and lip tint in warm pink and bronze tones that take the place of eye colour, blush and lipstick. Try Stila Complete Harmony Lip & Cheek Stick from Mecca, Benefit Tint Cheek & Lip Stain from David Jones, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge from Farmers.
For all your warm weather escape essentials, visit: David Jones, Sunglass Hut, Assembly Label, Synergy Hair.
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. Lay pieces out on your bed, then style them 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.
The cool climate getaway
Layers are key to dressing for the cold – if there’s one thing to overpack, it’s short and long-sleeved tees. Throw in a few versatile knits, sturdy shoes and a weatherproof jacket, and you’ll be ready for almost anything.
1. Easy layers
If the weather is unpredictable, pack plenty of slinky knits, cotton tops and leggings – they layer well.
Image credit: @countryroad
2. Wear-anywhere jeans
A great base for any holiday wardrobe. For super-cold climates, go for a roomy style that fits thermal layers underneath.
3. Puffer jacket
The ultimate winter warmer, a puffer will keep out rain, wind and cold. Bonus: It looks good while doing it. For the latest styles, check out Kathmandu, Ice Breaker, Stirling Sport and Rebel Sport.
Image credit: @p.e.nation available at Stirling Sports
Image credit: @kathmandugear
4. Cosy knits
Chunky styles look great, but thinner weaves are perfect for wearing underneath jackets without adding bulk.
5. Winter boots
A pair of weatherproof boots will see you through most outdoor activities. Choose leather if you’ll be indoors.
6. Chic beanie
For days so cold your scalp hurts. (They’re also handy for times you simply don’t want to style your hair.)
7. Nourishing face cream
A general lack of humidity in the air can cause sore, rashy skin. A hydrating moisturiser gives fast relief. Try Kiehl's
Ultra Facial Cream from Farmers and Mecca, Clinique Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator from David Jones.
Image credit: @cliniqueaustralia available at David Jones
8. Lip balm
Especially important if it’s windy - choose one with a lanolin base for maximum protection against chapping.
Bonus: Ski trip essentials
If you’re not a regular on the slopes, you’ll need to figure out whether it’s worth investing in gear or renting. For most, essentials include thermals, ski pants and goggles. Pro tip: pack a foam roller to treat sore muscles.
2. Ski pants
While you can rent these, fashionable options are few and far between. Shop sleek fits and bring your own if you want to guarantee you'll look tres chic out there.
If you’d rather BYO, invest in a pair of ski goggles to prevent snow blindness and keep eyes well protected.
Not just for the beach. Dangerous UV rays reflect off snow and cause surprise sunburn if you’re not careful.
5. Foam roller
Skiing is fun, but it’s still a workout. You’ll be glad you brought a foam roller along once the soreness kicks in.
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.
Image credit: @icebreakernz
Now to the perfect carrying companion. In the market for a buttery-soft, leather weekender? Perhaps an extra-large hard-case is how you roll? Shop at David Jones, Country Road and Farmers for bags large and small.Image credit: @_mimco also available at David Jones
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