I’m not the girliest girl in the world, but I do like certain budget fashion items which I always have with me on my travels. They are quite small, so they can easily slip out of your mind when you’re making your packing list, but they’re great little things to take. My go-to items are the following…
I usually get my hairbands from Primark, because they’re super cheap, and you can get some really nice ones there. Hairbands are not only a fashion accessory that can complement what you’re wearing, they can also be very required. If you’re in a pool and don’t want your hair to get wet, or you’re walking across fields and the wind is blowing your hair into your mouth and eyes, a hairband can be your saving grace – believe me. My favourites are fabric hairbands that you can tie on because they’re fashionable and quirky, but also very effective!
Bracelets are great budget fashion items, and you will never see me without mine on. I’ve worn them for so long, I’d feel bare without them now! They’re super cute and can add a pop of colour to your outfit. Plus, you can pick basic ones up anywhere for next to nothing. I personally like to collect them when I visit new places as little souvenirs. I currently wear 4 different anklets from 4 different places; they’re nice little accessories and they only cost me 1 Euro each!
If you’re active and busy during the day, lipstick isn’t always the best option (especially if it’s hot because you’ll sweat it off and start to bear an uncanny resemblance to Heath Ledger’s Joker). However, it can be really nice to wear on an evening to jazz up your overall look. It looks even better if you’re rocking a tan as well! I really like the Maybelline Powder Matte range lipstick, because the shades are gorgeous and matte lipstick stays on so much longer.
4. Nail Varnish
I love my nail varnish, so it’s a budget fashion item I always need to pack! I find that if I’m going away, it’s better to paint my nails once I’m actually there and settled. If you’ve got to drag cases and rummage in your bag for tickets or passports, it gets scuffed and chipped very easily – and let’s face it, touch-up jobs usually look shocking. If you can’t be bothered with the hassle though, you could always just buy a pack of pre-painted falsies. Superdrug have come to my rescue with these more times than I care to mention. 5. Smaller Purse
5. Small Purse
I have my day-to-day purse, but it’s got all my cards in (plus some very random items like a key for a padlock that I’ve lost, and a USB stick). So if I’m away and going out places, especially on an evening, I don’t want to have to take it with me. Get your hands on a small purse that you can easily slip into a little bag. This way you can just carry your money and the cards you actually need. There’s some very cute and quirky ones out there that are great budget buys, so it’s worth getting one.
Being on a budget doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the little extra touches that add to your holiday experience. There’s a lot of options out there for you! You won’t find me lying on a Caribbean beach wearing Prada shades, but you will find me wandering around Leeds with a red, fabric hairband on my head and several thread bracelets on various limbs. And I’m still happy!