Holiday things in small packages
Group holidays are one of those things you get to do a lot of while you're at uni, but past graduating the real world makes it awfully difficult for friends to get away together.
Work, houses, new arrivals... they all take their toll on filling up your spare time and leave little room for flitting away to foreign lands.
There is one event however which calls for time off to be taken, a good wedding.
It has definitely been a year for weddings in our circle of friends and with two down, including ours, we are headed to Turkey with a gaggle of mates to celebrate the third and final one of 2013.
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How excited we all are is ridiculous, it's like we're back at school. However when it comes to travelling I'm a bit of a nightmare as I tend to pack enough clothing and toiletries to last months rather than weeks.
Amid the kilos of weight however, I do have an essential check-list of things to do and to pack that I can't get through a holiday without.
Start as you mean to carry on... I like to put on a brave face but I'm terrified of flying. So I need lots of things to keep me distracted during the flight; an appropriately sized carry-on bag therefore is essential.
This Limited Collection Strapped Hobo Bag from M&S (£35) has plenty of room for everything from magazines and the all-important ipod to bottled water and travel size beauty products.
Small but perfectly formed... Good things come in small packages and this couldn't be more true of travel beauty kits. While I tend to go overboard on stuffing my suitcases, it isn't necessary.
Travel kits are the fast-track way to maintain your regime in sunnier climes without overfilling your suitcase. Available from asos.com is a Korres Holiday In Greece set (£19) contains everything you need, from head to toe.
Sun worship safely... Being at the red end of the hair colour spectrum, my skin doesn't always react too well to sun. Ever since our Gambia holiday three years ago, I have fallen head over heels with a sun screen that doesn't let me burn. At all. California Tan maybe more well-known for its products tailored to the sun bed market but the brand does also make a sun screen containing SPFs ranging from 4-45. At about £15 a bottle they are probably nearer the top end of what you'd usually pay for sun cream, but they are very much worth it. (A range of SPFs is available at The Tanning Shop, Lincoln).
Hot and heavy? Battling frizz in the UK for me is easy, so long as we don't have a humid day. But abroad, it's a different story.
However, with holiday hair being all about the mermaid-inspired look this year, I might stand a fighting chance of finding a wedding appropriate do. Apparently salt spray is the key so I won't be travelling without it. Use label.m Sea Salt Spray, (£12.95 at labelm.com/uk) and after just one spritz hair feels bouncier and beachier.