Virtual suitcase challenge
We challenged five renowned fashion bloggers to pack for a virtual safari or Galapagos cruise, with the luxury of having a ‘bottomless Mary-Poppins style bag’. Find out what they packed and get inspiration for your own trip...
We received some brilliant suitcases
packed full of daytime and evening clothing, gadgets, beauty
products, comforts from home and even a writing desk!
THE ESSENTIALS - DON'T GO ON
A SAFARI OR CRUISE WITHOUT THEM
A suitcase is definitely a bare
essential, but Lady M really got into the spirit of a
romantic safari by picking those wonderful leather vintage
suitcases you just don't see anymore. Whilst they aren't entirely
practical, we love a nod to our heritage. A backpack should be top
of your safari survival kit, and 'I Am Into This' picked a small
lightweight one in khaki, ideal for those daytime excursions. All
our bloggers packed sensible shoes, a hat, sunglasses and insect
repellent. We would recommend polarised lenses in your sunglasses
to reduce glare, so you don't have to shield your eyes from any
amazing animal sightings.
Fabric of my life
A good camera is an absolute must.
Point and shoots are ok, but an SLR with a good zoom will ensure
you capture those wow moments. Binoculars are also a must for
animal sightings. How about a pair of antique brass vintage
A diary of lovely
Clothing for daytime game drives,
romantic outdoor evenings and poolside relaxation was important to
our bloggers. Lady M recommended merino wool as it is cooling in
hot climates and warming for the colder evenings, whilst 'I Am into This' suggested cami's and airy
shirts to beat the African heat. You can't beat classic khaki
safari gear in khaki, and it was a brilliant idea to pick a jacket
with lots of pockets. To bring out your wild side, the bloggers
went for loads of animal prints! And don't forget to bring some
pretty frocks for romantic evenings (a tribal print might be
I am into this
High Factor SPF, aftersun and
moisturiser were all picked by the bloggers for keeping skin
looking healthy and glowing in the African Sun. We
particularly liked Lady M for purposely not including travel
hairdryer, and packing light on the cosmetics side… 'This is all
about getting wild and into nature…….Go with the flow, let your
hair dry naturally and let your skin breathe - give your body a
holiday as well as your mind!"
The bloggers wanted to bring some
creature comforts with them. Tribal slippers were a great choice
for loafing around the lodge, whilst travel speakers are always a
great choice. The award for taking the most advantage of the
magical powers of the Mary Poppins bag goes to Aspiring
Kennedy who chose to bring a writing desk, picnic hamper (ideal for
our bush picnic) and bath tub!
AND THE WINNER
After much deliberation, we have
chosen Lady M as the much deserved winner. She
packed some classic safari pieces that were practical and stylish.
We particularly like her no-nonsense take on beauty products……and
of course the champagne cooler for those special sundowner
Lady M wins a Lulu Guinness duffle case and vanity case, as well as some beauty products
Congratulations Lady M, and a big
thank you to all our bloggers!