Monday, May 9, 2016


By Guest Contributor

8 Travel Essentials
for An Unforgettable Holiday

Photos courtesy of Topshop, Dolce & Gabbana, Isa Arfen, and Sam Edelman

You've applied for leave, booked your flight, reserved the hotels, and planned your itinerary. Now comes the difficult part: packing. To stay that much needed holiday - except for one thing: packing. This may even be the most stressful part of your trip, as it requires more precision than planning the itinerary!

So to simplify the packing process for you, we've narrowed down eight travel essentials that will streamline your suitcase and make your holiday as stress-free as possible. Bon voyage!

1. Slip Dress

This is arguably one of the most versatile piece of clothing you can bring. A slip dress can be worn various ways. Throw it on and pair with comfy sandals for a day of sightseeing, with a sweater for a lovely dinner, or even over your swimsuit for some cover up for an evening stroll on the beach.

2. Sandals

Love them or loathe them, slides are here to stay as a footwear trend this season. So hop on board this trend on your vacation and grab a pair. Available in a range of cool spring/summer colours, embellishments, and textures, this season's slide-in sandals are both comfy and convenient, as well as effortlessly stylish.

Gretchen embroidered canvas and leather sandals (Photo courtesy of Sam Edelman)

3. Camera

You are on holiday, so get off your smartphone and spend more time with your camera instead! Bring a proper camera instead of using the one on your phone to take great pictures without being tempted to check Facebook every other minute.

4. (Chic) Jogger Pants

How do you bring the comfort of pyjamas into everyday life? Two words: jogger pants. These sloppy yet chic bottoms are not quite meant for the gym. Not only can they easily transition from the plane or your hotel room, where they can be paired with an over-sized pullover, to a seaside bar, where they'll look great with a silky camisole top and strappy evening sandals.

5. Jacket

For cool nights on the beach or unexpected rainy days, a lightweight jacket is a smart accessory to bring along. Try a bomber jacket, which lends a sporty vibe but also looks modern and feminine with floral print. Pair with skinny jeans or jogger pants for a cool, casual look.

Shiny Bomber Jacket (Photo courtesy of Topshop)

6. Travel Journal

No matter what your destination is, your trip will definitely be one to remember. So bring along a journal to jot down your travel experience and reflections. Pick one that comes with a fun or classic covering that will pop on your bookshelf and entice you to relive your vacation months after.

7. Headphones

Yes, headphones are a travel essential. There is nothing worse than being stuck in a long-haul flight with a wailing baby and no music to calm you down. Go for a statement metallic or embellished pair or a sleek design to jazz up your look - and make sure they are noise-cancelling!

Printed leather bluetooth headphones (Photo courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana)

8. Blanket Shawl

The temperature can really dip when you're flying at higher altitudes, so stay warm in the airplane with an over-sized shawl that can double up as a blanket. One in a lightweight or gauzy material will bring some much-needed warmth on chillier evenings too.

What are some of your travel basics? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below!


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