Finally, it's happened, the 'boys' are going international. This weekend might be a little different to the rest, as I'll most likely be drunk for 72 hours. (I'll take this opportunity to pre-apologise for the drunken Instagram live videos which are imminent.) Going away with the boys throws up the question of what to pack for the heat, clubbing and looming hangovers from hell!

We've never been away as friends before, which is quite surprising as we've all known each other since a very early age. As Olly is the first person in the group getting married, we knew it called for something special! So we're all jetting off to Portugal for his stag!

So, what to pack? Well, I can assure you hangover cures are top of the list! Nevertheless, you've got to look cool while abroad, so in this post, I'll be talking through my suitcase essentials. Fact one, we didn't actually pay for suitcases on the flight, meaning I've got to fit all my clothes into my hand luggage! That's everything you need on holiday into my 56 cm by 45 cm case! Quite a task, thankfully we're only going for a long weekend!

I'm currently staring at my TINY suitcase, packed to the brim with all my essentials. The first of my must take products are for the hair. After all, it's my biggest accessory! Maintaining my mane is top of any holiday list. Here are some of my favourite products I always have to take with me. A good shampoo & conditioner are a must, after a long day in the sun & constantly getting my hair wet with every dip in the pool. I also find a salt spray a valuable life line if you're going to let your hair dry naturally throughout the day.

My biggest must have has to be my hairspray, I couldn't live without this product, it's been the solid favourite of mine for years! I've never found another that even gets close to Got2b! A finishing touch in the evening is my go to Oil Licious serum with argan oil. This bottle of magic helps tame fly aways, plus gives your hair much-needed minerals, leaving it shiny & glossy.

I hate packing! I normally leave this job until the very last minute, but since I'm blogging about it, I've had to sort my luggage out WAY before I usually do! I need the added pressure while packing a case, it's the only thing that actually makes me do it! Family members shouting in my face telling me to hurry up, because the taxi is outside, also does the trick! So I guess having to post this today actually is a blessing in disguise! 

(I realise I have to empty some of these products into 100ml bottles, as hand luggage has some strict rules to follow.) I've never travelled with only hand luggage, so this was quite a challenge for me! I, however, this time have my bag packed and ready to go, even my cosmetics are put into a transparent plastic bag, sorted for those airport security checks.

Next up, the clothes I'm taking with me. I have four shirts all abiding by that cool holiday look, including my Zara shirt I picked up a few weeks ago, which I featured on my blog. Two t-shirts, two vest tops & two pairs of jeans. Along with the other accessories including sunglasses, bandannas and light dress scarfs. A suitcase that will last well over a week. (For my three-day stay!) I'm sorry, I just can't travel light!

Thankfully I'm only taking one pair of boots, this isn't a personal decision, it's because I physically couldn't fit anything else in my very small case! My trusty All Saints sandals have also made the cut for the beach. Suntan lotion is one of the most important things as protecting your skin while in the sun is a must! I always go for SPF 30 but mistakenly bought a 50, so there's literally no way I'm getting even the slightest of tans. Better to be safe than sorry, right?

I picked up the August edition of GQ which should keep me entertained on the flight, after all, it does have The Chief on the cover. Head across to my YouTube channel to catch my new video of me having a general chat about everything I'm taking with me!

P.S Send your hangover cures my way, I'll definitely need them!


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