Summer holiday ahead? Here are our Top 10 suitcase essentials to make sure you are looking and feeling the holiday spirit.

You’ve booked your accommodation, paid for flights and organised time off work. Now you just have to get your suitcase sorted and you are officially on your way to your summer holiday. haven recently sat down with The Style Report’s Laura Stead to talk all things summer holiday suitcase essentials.

“Anything that makes the cut for your summer holiday suitcase should be fuss-free, mix-and-match and should make you feel fabulous while you’re on holiday,” Laura says.

“I think the biggest mistake, and something I do too, is over-packing. There are definitely a few strategies to minimise your baggage.”

Here are Laura’s Top 10 tips for getting suitcase-ready this coming holiday season:

  1. If you’re in the market for a new swimsuit, shorts or beach dress, always keep your body shape in mind first and foremost. The perfect swimsuit might be the one you least expected – always be guided by shape rather than being immediately drawn to a print or colour.
  2. Broad-brimmed hats are making a comeback, which is great news for sun safety as well as style! Straw fedoras are still having a moment but look for a broad brimmed sunhat with a flat top in either straw or black for a style update. 
  3. Pack your beauty case wisely. Products that do double-duty like a tinted moisturiser with SPF are a timesaver and keep your beauty routine simple so you can get on with all the holiday relaxation.
  4. Remember your lips can get sun damaged as well so look for a lip colour or lip tint with an SPF factor of at least 15.
  5. I’m a big believer that you only need 2-3 pairs of shoes for a trip. Stick to nude and tan, take a sandal and a wedge, perhaps a heel, and plan your wardrobe around these versatile neutrals. The same goes for jewellery and accessories – a couple of clever pieces will work with any outfit.
  6. For pieces that will work for your holiday as well as slot seamlessly into your new season wardrobe when you get back home, look for an on-trend off-the-shoulder top or dress, something in a fresh white you can wear night or day, or a floral maxi dress that is as at home on the streets of Noosa or Byron as it will be for a weekend lunch when you get back home. 
  7. A lightweight, wide cotton scarf is one of the must-haves for my personal travel bag. It acts as a beach coverall, a shawl when it gets breezy and a colourful accessory to brighten up your basics. Look for something really long and wide but in a very light, draping fabric.
  8. Choose your day bag wisely. A tote is an obvious choice for days spent between beach and street and pool, but if you don’t need to carry too much with you for the day, a mid-sized cross body bag or satchel is a lot more practical and easier on your neck and shoulders.
  9. Cropped pants and jeans are on trend this season so roll your existing pants up and wear with a casual sneaker, espadrille or mule for a summer style update.
  10. Pack those things you never get time for at home – your manicure set, magazines that have been sitting on the coffee table unread, your dream business plan that you might get inspired to write – whatever it is, make the time for it on your break and enjoy! 

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Belinda Glindemann

Belinda Glindemann  

Belinda knew she was destined for a career in communications and publishing from the age of 11 when her Year 6 teacher introduced her to poster projects and glitter pens. She completed her journalism cadetship in the Whitsundays and went on to hold various newspaper and magazine editor roles across Brisbane in a media career spanning more than a decade. When Belinda's not writing for haven, she runs her own PR agency, kid-wrangles two young daughters and drinks way too much sweet tea.