01.11.2017

All Packed and Ready?

Three fashionable faves on how they get holiday-ready

packing tips

Getting packed and set for a holiday is the second most stressful thing after figuring the finances out. The thought of arriving at your destination to find you’ve forgotten the pair of shoes you had planned three outfits around is a nightmare we’ve all had. And it’s the type of snag you’re not trying to deal with when all you’re trying to have is your best carefree double-tap-worthy vacay.

We asked Amy Scheepers, Nandipha Mqoco and Niquita Bento, three Instagrammers whose recent trips have been passport-gang goals in terms of style, how they do it…

Nandipha Mqoco

Nandipha Mqoco

What were your style staples when travelling to Zanzibar?

When traveling I love using the location as my moodboard of how I want my outfits to look. So, a different pair of sunnies for each day, amazing accessories and very light and flowy materials, but of course not forgetting the perfect hairstyle to complement the fabulous location. Island chic at its best!

What are your big no-nos?

Being late for your flight. Not packing according to the weather of your holiday destination and not having a positive attitude. Nobody likes a Debby Downer on vacay.

Ultimate travel tip?

When traveling, always keep a folder with all your travel essentials. So, your ID/Passport, copies of your ID, flight and accommodation confirmation and other essential documents. Familiarise yourself with basic language spoken in that city or country you're in. Don’t stress too much about how much money you’re spending, just relax and enjoy your vacation!

Niquita Bento

Niquita Bento

What were your style staples when travelling to New York?

As it was the height of winter and I'm pretty much non-functional when cold, I bought basic thermal polo necks which worked with every outfit. (Uniqlo in NY have the best affordable thermal under garments which are an absolute must). I also invested in a good pair of leather gloves and every type of outerwear that exists. Another must is a good pair of comfortable boots that will work for both day and night.

What are your big no-nos?

Sacrificing warmth and comfort for a good outfit. It's never worth it.

Must see when we get there?

Go straight to Top of the Rock and bask in the ambience that is 360° views of the city skyline. It's okay to have a little cry. (Go first thing in the morning or right before they close, so that you can skip the queues and catch the best light).

Ultimate travel tip?

Google Maps is your best friend! Before my trip I planned out all the spots I wanted to visit, made a curated Google Maps list and whenever I was in a specific area it would alert me when I was close to my hotspots. I covered so many more places this way and its great if your time is limited.

Amy Scheepers

Amy Scheepers

Style staples when traveling to Morocco?

Anything in loose and flowing fabrics. The temperatures reach around 37 degrees from early morning and you don’t want to end up hot and hating life when you inevitably get lost in the souks! Also, comfortable shoes. My Birkenstocks were a complete lifesaver.

Big no-no’s?

Forgetting your sun-block and losing all your hair ties will result in a sweaty lobster vibe. I did both.

Overpacker or minimal?

One hundred percent over-packer! I wish I was the minimal type but unfortunately I’m more the type to pack ten pairs of shoes for a weekend away.

Ultimate travel tip?

Travel with someone you love, and have fun!

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