With holiday season upon us and staycations booming, we asked Lady Newborough about her holiday must haves and what she loves to pack when heading abroad, or enjoying a UK staycation.
What is your favourite summer holiday destination and why?
Croatia. We have a house there and luckily this year we did get out there, it is a beautiful place, still quite a hidden gem! If we are planning a UK getaway, it is difficult to rival the beauty of North Wales, but the New Forest is where I grew up so will always have a special place in my heart.
How do you prep for your summer trip?
Wherever we go for the summer, I try to be very organised with my packing and take out all my summer clothes that I am keen to take with me. I then try everything on and put everything into piles according to occasion – beachwear, evening wear, day trips etc. and then go from there!
What are your holiday must haves that you are never without?
I always take my white ballet pumps, they go with literally everything! I also take a pair of wedges for the evening and trainers. White trousers, or white jeans are key for me and a few sarongs – very multi purpose and take up zero room in the case.
Any holiday packing disasters?
In all the years I have been travelling (which is a lot) I have never had my luggage lost or had a disaster. I am very lucky but now I have said this, it will probably happen!
What do you pack beauty wise?
I always take the full range of Wild Beauty with me wherever we are going, the Travel Essentials kit works really well for weekends and short breaks, however if I am going away for longer, I tend to decant the larger sizes into pots and wrap them up in the muslin face cloth. I like to be quite low maintenance on holiday and tend to pick multi tasking products like tinted SPF moisturisers and lip balms with a hint of colour that can double up as blushers!
Do you have a holiday fragrance?
I don’t really change fragrances according to the season, I am very loyal Chanel No5 which I have worn for years and is my signature scent.
When you arrive at your destination, what is the first thing you do?
Unpack, have a shower and get into something summery! If we are staying at our house, I go round and check the property thoroughly for any problems! Then I can relax. My case is always full of items that have to be replaced having been broken the year before (I have a notebook with what I need from the time before). When abroad, I take my own tea bags, if we are in the UK, I always take my favourite bath oil and maybe a small candle to burn when I have a bath and to relax me before bed.
And what is the last thing you do when you leave?
Usually a last look at the sea if we are near it, I love love the smell of the sea air, I find it so restorative. If we are in the New Forest, I like to have a final walk through the trees, walking in a forest has a special type of smell to it, and a beautiful stillness that is so calming.
Hand luggage – what do you take with you?
If we are going abroad, I always have a large canvas hold all as I like to take my laptop with me, and I always pack a small washbag with essentials it in and include a bikini and shorts (you never know!) for stay cations in the UK I tend to travel a bit lighter but always like to stay connected with my devices and I love reading so like to make sure that my kindle is loaded with lots of great books.
Are you an over packer or a very light traveller?
Definitely an over packer. I always take out far too much stuff. I never seem to learn!
Quick fire holiday round:
Hotel or self catering? This is difficult to answer as I love Hotels but also our house.
Sea or pool? Definitely the sea
In the water or on the water? Both!
G&T or Cocktails? Cocktails
Bikini or swimsuit? I sunbathe in a bikini and swim in a swimsuit!!
Flip flops or wedges? Flip flops during the day and wedges at night
Beach sloth or activity scheduler? Hate the beach. Definitely activity!