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Lesley Thomas is strictly hand-luggage only. This is how she nails it.

Please stop making such a fuss about packing for a beach holiday. Haven’t budget airlines forced us to edit everything down? I know I’m not the only tightwad hand luggage-only traveller. Here’s my list: bikini, sarong, denim shorts, two big cotton shirts, pool slides, breathable trainers, three dresses (at least one of which is maxi), couple of cami-type tops, some kind of silky wide-leg trousers, some big earrings and that pair of incredible flats that never get a decent showing at home. I have found those mozzie repellent DEET-soaked wristbands you can buy on Amazon effective and space-saving.

It is the restriction on liquids that presents the greater packing challenge for me. If I’m going to be away for more than a few days, I usually buy a giant SPF50 sunscreen for the body airside, for this is not something we should deal with in small quantities. Everything else, I can squeeze into the little clear plastic bag, and maybe commander a bit of the allocations of my travelling companions (my kids) as well. Here’s what I’m taking this time.

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MV Organic Skincare Instant Revival Booster. This teeny and quite pricey bottle goes a long way. Three holiday so far. I hope it hasn’t gone off. It’s a cocktail of oils that are nourishing and non-greasy: camellia, avocado and rosehip will usher on the holiday glow overnight and prevent long term skin damage.

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