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If you’ve read my packing guides before you’ll know I always start with a detailed list. If you aren’t familiar with my methods, I basically start with a massive list of what I am doing each day. Each activity could require a different outfit (one day, for example you might be walking all morning and then off to a more formal dinner) so I find it a pretty useful tool to get started.
I then start gathering everything I think I want to take and try it all on to make sure it still fits, doesn’t have any obvious issues (random rips, or a reminder of how itchy that jumper is, for example!). Finally I make sure everything works together, which is to say each item works for more than one outfit. That’s occasionally not possible (if you are off to a destination wedding for example, and you are the bride) but I’ve never found this to be true on my travels.
On my recent trip to South Africa, I had a few new things to contend with. Okay, well one big ‘thing’. My growing baby bump! When we flew, I was 29 weeks pregnant – in my third and final trimester, and getting bigger every day. I have a capsule wardrobe anyway, but my maternity wardrobe is even teenier. I mean, it’s certainly not filled with outfits fit for every scenario, particularly given I’m pregnant in a very specific season…..UK winter/spring.
Even so, I only bought two extra pieces, and one can be used post baby too. I picked up some basic shorts, in black, and a cute black shift dress too. Both in the sale at ASOS, so I only spent an extra £15.
I also had to take some sexy compression socks for the plane to help prevent DVT (deep vein thrombosis) which you are at a higher risk of during pregnancy, and which can be fatal. Luckily, I only had to wear these on the plane because they are both revolting and incredibly uncomfortable!
I also took some super comfy pyjamas, which to be honest I don’t normally take on holiday.
Aside from this, there was nothing different on this trip to any of my other trips and I went about my packing process as per usual. Yes, there were a few tweaks (including the ones I mentioned above) but I certainly didn’t take any more than I normally would, and my 30 litre backpack weighed around 7kg, well under the 23kg allowance for checked luggage. Although I tend to travel carry-on only, I did check my luggage in this time because I couldn’t carry my backpack for a long period of time (darn pregnancy!).
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What to Pack for a STYLISH safari break in South Africa
3 X SHORT-SLEEVED TOPS (2 x sleeveless and 1 x short sleeved)
1 X LONG-SLEEVED TOP
BLACK SHIFT DRESS (my ASOS bargain!)
2 X LEGGINGS (even in hot countries, leggings are super useful for chilly nights/avoiding mozzie bites!)
BLUE SMARTER SANDALS (these are basically flat as a pancake, so don’t take up any space)
KHAKI FJALLRAVEN RE-KANKEN (my carry-on bag)
SARONG (TO USE AS SCARF/COVER UP)
2 X NECKLACES (my standard Monica Vinader necklace plus a cool statement number)
3 X BRA (BLACK/WHITE AND SPORTS)
10 X KNICKERS
CANON EOS 1200D DSLR + LENS + CHARGER (this baby is on it’s last legs, and it’s very ready for an upgrade this year)
IPAD + CHARGER (I was working, but I didn’t want to take my MacBook so the iPad sufficed)
HUAWEI PHONE + CHARGER
MOSQUITO REPELLANT (I use Incognito – an amazing natural, ethical brand which I highly recommend)
1ST AID KIT – PLASTERS, PAINKILLERS & ANTHISAN (for bites)
PAI ROSEHIP OIL
MURAD ANTI-AGEING (SPF) MOISTURISER
MURAD TIME RELEASE ACNE CLEANSER
CLINIQUE & ODYLIQUE SPF & AFTERSUN
HAIR ELASTICS AND KIRBY GRIPS
BOBBI BROWN STICK FOUNDATION
MINI CLINIQUE HIGH IMPACT MASCARA
LUCAS PAWPAW OINTMENT (A FAB DUPE FOR 8-HR CREAM)
BARRY M LIPPY
SLEEK PALLET (BLUSH, HIGHLIGHT, BRONZE)
2 X BRUSHES (BLUSH/CONTOUR & BUFFING)
I actually barely used my makeup this time around, but I was happy to have everything anyway — especially when we went to slightly fancier places. My skin was truly horrendous this trip, and as I was a little more careful staying out of the sun, I didn’t get the same lovely than I usually do — so the foundation was very much needed.
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