I hope you’re all warm and well.
I’ve not long been home from our holiday in the Dominican Republic with my boyfriend for two whole weeks of sun, sea and sand. We’ve been here twice before and I’m completely in love with this little island. The people are so kind and welcoming, the food is full of tasty Caribbean flavour, the sun is blazing hot and the music gets everyone in the holiday spirit. What’s not to love right?
I thought I’d do a post on what items are a must have now that the holiday season is upon us, think of this as a handy guide for those who are notoriously forgetful (like myself)
This is the bag you take with you on the flight, my boyfriend takes care of all the important documents like passports, boarding passes, visas, booking confirmations and currency. My hand luggage consists of my phone, purse, sunglasses, lip balm, boiled sweets (For take off and landing) bottled water and a magazine. Check with your airline provider before hand on the maximum size your hand luggage can be and make sure any liquids you’re carrying meet the security requirements. If you’re travelling with electrical items like iPads or laptops, keep them in your hand luggage too, anything with a battery has to be on for the journey.
This is the bag that gets weighed at check in and zooms off into the unknown. My hold luggage is filled with what seems like my entire summer wardrobe, but be sure to check before flying that your suitcase meets the airline weight restrictions, you don’t wanna be “that girl” who’s scrambling around the check in desk trying to lessen the weight of her bag whilst holding up the queue of eagerly awaiting holiday makers.
I try and pack only what I need but half the time I don’t end up wearing a lot of what I pack. Make sure you’ve got enough swimwear and undies for the time you’re away as well as beach clothes, flipflops and comfortable footwear. I like to wear loosely fitted clothes so there’s always little shorts and dresses for the day time and some more formal garments for the evening when the sun goes to sleep. It might be an idea to pack some towels if your hotel doesn’t provide them, get some for the beach and some for the room. Also, if your skin is sensitive to sun it’s wise to pack a sunhat and keep those rays at bay. I was a big kid on holiday and had an inflatable rubber ring and beach ball, those went in the case too, along with shades scuba mask.
Believe me when I tell you that I slather myself in factor 50 sun screen, you know the one that’s meant for children? Yeah, that one. My Irish roots don’t allow me to have a beautifully bronzed Goddess glow so I stock up on sun protection to avoid looking like a sore strawberry. It’s so important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful beams so make sure you’ve got some kind of SPF packed. Other essentials I need on holiday is bug spray (Because I get bitten to fuckery) a good deodorant, toothbrush and paste, after sun, perfume, moisturiser/cleanser. I don’t wear much make up on holiday because I spend so much time in the water but I pack a few items for the evening like a light coverage foundation, powder, mascara, lipstick, eye liner and 1 versatile eye shadow palette.
That’s pretty much all you need i’d say. If you read my last post you’ll know I got engaged on my holiday so maybe I’ll do a “Wedding abroad essentials” post after the big day.
Thanks for being here
Kisses and Love