It’s that time of the year again when our productivity levels start to decrease exponentially each day as the holiday draws closer. The only things our minds can focus on are feeling beach sand under our feet and sipping cocktails by the pool. However, there’s one obstacle we still have to face before we can relax: Packing. To help you get through this hurdle, Crate|ov Clothes has put together the ultimate guide for holiday packing.

When going on holiday, there are two kinds of packers: Those who bring a suitcase the size of their car with everything they thought they could possibly need but won’t wear. Then there are those that breeze through security with a smug pitying look at those standing in the queue to check in their luggage, only to arrive at their destination and realise they haven’t brought half of what they need. The trick is to find a good middle ground.

Don’t pack light, pack smart. While you are packing, think about what you want to wear. It might sound obvious but few people actually do this. We tend to pack the same things on every holiday – maybe it’s a habit, one that must be broken. If you don’t wear something at home, chances are you won’t wear it on holiday either. Think about where you are going, what you will be doing and what activities you might take part in. Imagine waking up on holiday, think about what you will most want to wear and pack that.

One of the smartest things to do is pack well in advance. If you leave it to the last minute, your mind will be a jumble of clothes, toiletries and chargers—you won’t even remember what you have and haven’t packed. Crate|ov Clothes stylists advise packing two days in advance. “It might sound extreme, but trust me. Once you’ve had a cooling off period, you’ll realise that you don’t need to take the fourth pair of sneakers or the baggy Bab Marley pants that live at the back of your cupboard. Go back after 24 hours and reassess what you’ve packed and remove items accordingly,” says stylist, Jules.


The Crate|ov Clothes Stylist Team’s Perfect Packer Items:

1. Suitable suitcase – Find a good quality, well-made suitcase that will last and that you won’t be embarrassed to pull off the carousel.

2. Sunglasses – The actual reason is to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and squinting wrinkles, but they look oh so cool.

3. Styling sneakers – A stylish pair of sneakers can be worn with shorts and a t-shirt during the day or with chinos and a printed shirt for the evening.

4. Chino shorts – Leave the hibiscus printed shorts in the 90s where they belong and invest in some chino shorts that can be dressed up or down.

5. Chino pants – Leave those too-baggy, underpant-showing jeans where they belong as well (which is the dustbin, not your wardrobe) and class it up with some chinos and a smart shirt.

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