Summer is here! Well technically it’s still only Spring, but this last week has definitely felt like Summer and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been dreaming up a summer island getaway for many months now. I’ve mentally packed my lightweight luggage and am set to jet off to the soft sand and crystal blue ocean of Hawaii, Fiji, The Maldives, Thailand, Bali, Vanuatu… anywhere with ‘island escape’ written all over it.
But what to pack?! I’m a chronic over-packer so I’ve narrowed it down to this carefully curated list of must-pack items that will ensure your short flight is a breeze so you can hit the sand running upon your arrival in paradise. Get packing, the cocktails and sun await!
Comfort is key no matter how long the flight is, so I always reach for some comfy pants and a great scarf to stay toasty when the cabin cools. Basic cosmetics, especially moisturiser and lip balm are a must, and I’m loving Zoe Foster Blake’s new Go-To range of cosmetics and skincare to fight chapped lips and dry skin en route. Lightweight luggage is also important for your carry on, and this neon green 4 wheel cabin suitcase from Luggage Direct is perfect to keep your belongings safe, secure and organised. All your tech gadgets can then be thrown in, and don’t forget a good book or your favourite magazines!
Pictured: American Tourister By Samsonite at Luggage Direct, Lips by Go-To, iPhone by Apple, Go Travel Padded Travel Case at Luggage Direct, Birkenstock Arizona Sandal Black by General Pants, Marc by Marc Jacobs Small Cosmetics Case, Elle Australia Magazine November 2014, Sole Society Plaid Scarf, Frends Headphones and J.Crew Cardigan Sabine Pant.
An island escape calls for bright colours, clashing patterns and denim shorts. A good swimsuit (or 4) is a necessity, and I love these ones from the Seafolly and ISOLA collections. I always pack far too many items of clothing, but you just can’t go past a printed playsuit for sunset cocktails and Havaianas on your feet (a cute pair of sandals wouldn’t go astray either!). Use a fake tan to get that summer glow pack post winter, and always pack a great hat and sunscreen lotion (30+ or 50+) to be sun safe. Most importantly though, you need a good, lightweight luggage case to get you from the airport to hotel and back again. This lightweight luggage hard case is perfect for keeping your shopping safe (yay!) and avoiding those hefty excess baggage fees upon your return. Plus it’s chic and pink, what more could you need!
Pictured: American Tourister by Samsonite Vivolite 75cm Large Hardside at Luggage Direct, JBronze Dark Tanning Mousse, Spell Designs Playsuit, Lack of Color Silver Haze Fedora, Maslin & Co Coral Zebra Beach towel, Seafolly Summer Garden Halter Bikini top, Havaianas thongs, ISOLA Supernatural collection swimsuit, Nivea SPF 50+ Lotion and One Teaspoon Cobaine Bandits shorts.
What do you pack first for an island escape?
**This post was written in collaboration with Luggage Direct.