(suitcase) Laundry bags, baseball caps and an all-black 'shoe-drobe’: Three packing hacks for your summer hols

Trucker caps and toes on Big River in Mendocino, California: Caps and black flip-flops = two of my holiday must-haves, as seen on the MailOnline this week

Trucker caps and toes on Big River in Mendocino, California: Caps and black flip-flops = two of my holiday must-haves, as seen on the MailOnline this week

This week I have been sharing my packing must-haves for summer holidays with the MailOnline. The full article has a pretty comprehensive list of everything I think you might need to take on a stylish sojourn, from hard-working denim to good-looking pants, but here are my three VIP tips...

1. Loads of bags

Use hotel laundry bags pilfered from previous trips to sort underwear/swimwear/gym kit/tops and so on in your case to keep things ordered. This is especially useful if you are on a very short break with no time to unpack and/or moving around a lot. Branded bags are also a great memento of nice hotels (and - so far - they have never been charged to the bill).

Instead of one huge toiletries bag, again use small bags to separate sun care/make-up/hair stuff and so forth. This keeps things tidy and the bags can be re-used as clutch bags to brighten up an outfit on a night out or to keep your valuables dry at the beach.

Decant hair/face/body/sun care products into squishy toiletry cases that can double as evening bags. This collection, featuring bags from Topshop, Superdrug, Asos and Liberty, came with me to Kamalaya in Koh Samui this year

Decant hair/face/body/sun care products into squishy toiletry cases that can double as evening bags. This collection, featuring bags from Topshop, Superdrug, Asos and Liberty, came with me to Kamalaya in Koh Samui this year

Hotel laundry bags make for nice mementos and are great for organising your stuff on future trips. With thanks to the Parker Palm Springs, Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia, Mykonos Grace and Soho House Chicago :)

Hotel laundry bags make for nice mementos and are great for organising your stuff on future trips. With thanks to the Parker Palm Springs, Kamalaya in Koh Samui, Masseria Torre Coccaro in Puglia, Mykonos Grace and Soho House Chicago :)

2. A single colour shoe-drobe

Sticking to a one colour shoe-drobe (black in my case) makes dressing on the road a lot easier.  If space is tight there are only three essential pieces of footwear I need: 

I: Lightweight trainers/converse for sightseeing/serious shopping/gym time 

II: Flip flops for sea/sand/spa

III:. A pair of glam gladiators that I can wear during the day and at night in place of heels

If heels are a must then wedges (rather than stilettos) will make life a lot easier/comfier on sand/cobbles/grass/dance floors. The good news is that the cheaper the shoe, the lighter the wedge so your Primark platforms will come into their own here. 

Bargain black wedges and charcoal Air Max made up most of my Iceland 'shoe-drobe'

Bargain black wedges and charcoal Air Max made up most of my Iceland 'shoe-drobe'

Hiding a hangover/jet lag/the fact I know nothing about the Cubs, taking off in Chicago

Hiding a hangover/jet lag/the fact I know nothing about the Cubs, taking off in Chicago

 3. Baseball caps

Caps are my favourite new summer style item. They are instantly anti-ageing, they hide bad hair, they protect you from the sun (or rain) and they protect other people from your morning after face. They travel well, are easy to carry and, like hotel laundry bags, are a cool souvenir to take home.