Those lucky enough to be heading away for a few days holiday over Christmas will know there’s a few things that can make your stay away even better. Those go-to list items you’re so glad you have with you and couldn’t imagine any more holidays without.

There are a few items that always top the holiday packing list – sunscreen, travel-size toiletries, books, everyone has their favourites. Here are a few of mine.

The dress up or dress down kaftan

Even though you think your week away is all mapped out, there’s always something that crops up that you wish you’d packed for, don’t you find? Something as versatile as a kaftan is great to have on hand – you can throw it over your swimsuit for a casual lunch or dress it up with some jewellery and a pair of heels for a nice dinner. It’s something you can get more wear from after the holiday as well, so worth investing in.

Honey & Beau kaftan $170 at The Iconic

A fabulous clutch

Similarly to a kaftan for its versatility, a great clutch can really take your outfit to the next level and add something special to holiday looks. This one from The Robe at The Barracks (Petrie Tce) is stunning and has definite festive season wow factor.

Spider & Lily clutch_$89.95


Spider & Lily clutch $89.95 at The Robe

Dry shampoo

If you haven’t tried dry shampoo you’re missing out – great for in-between washes, you just spray it on, tussle it out and it gives you a clean hair feeling as well as some great volume which I love. My current favourite is from Cedel – they make a handy purse pack and cheap but works really well.


Cleaning oil

Another beauty product I’ve grown to love is Shu Umemura’s cleansing oil. This one is particularly great for holiday time because it cuts your beauty routine down significantly – you can really just use the cleansing oil as a makeup remover and cleanser in one, but I normally follow up with a foam cleanser from Clinique so my skin feels super clean at the end of the day. Shu Uemura built his reputation in the 1950s on the back of the cleansing oil, which has become a leader in its field and a cult beauty favourite. It doesn’t leave any oily residue but helps the skin maintain its oils, actually improving your skin while you cleanse. I live by this one.

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Soludos espadrilles have to be the best holiday footwear I’ve come across. They were great for a recent trip to Bali where all I wanted was something casual, cool and comfortable for all the walking and temple-scaling we were doing.

They come in a huge range of colours and styles now but the originals are some of the best (remember my nude shoe obsession). They’re inexpensive enough to buy a couple of colours and are a big step up in style from thongs.

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Soludos, $45