The VDM Guide to Holiday Beauty Packing


Hands up who goes a little overboard on the beauty side of things when it comes to holiday packing *sheepishly raises hand* – yep I’ve been there, done that, taken along the hair mask that returned from my travels with the seal still intact. Well, I think I’ve turned a corner as on my last jaunt cross-country I used every single product that I packed; I needed nothing more, nothing less and inspired by my perfectly-sized all-encompasing beauty bevy I scrawled down notes on the route home and ta-dah – four weeks and countless lists later – ‘The VDM Guide to Holiday Beauty Packing’ series: five videos covering all bases from the basics to the extras to lug with you if you’re off to the beach, a festival, city snooping or something a little more outdoorsy, all accompanied by a handy tickboxed checklist that fully satisfies my Virgo needs. First up the essentials to pack into your case wherever you’re heading off to, and as promised here’s the print out, pack and tick-off PDF…

The VDM Guide to Holiday Beauty Packing

Next up, what beauty bolt-ons to bring if you’re festival bound. Did somebody say wipes?


  • Gaby

    The PDF is genius, Anna. Probs to you!

  • Shasha Wijedasa

    This is *perfect* ! I believe this can go straight into my personal sized Filofax thank you!

  • .jess

    I love this video! Favourited and added to my travel playlist!


  • Gabriella

    such a nice idea, thank you! <3

  • Nina

    Great video as always!! Really helpful!

  • Maddy Cane

    Loved the video and the pdf is a great idea! xxx

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Sarah Beth

    I love love love that Kath Kidston bag and all of your products! xxx


  • Sarah Beth

    *Cath Kidston!

  • adriana

    i love the effort you put in every video and blog post. x

  • A girl after my own heart! I love packing lists, yours is blimmin’ good too!

    Beauty Lover’s Notes

  • Parisian To Be

    This is such a genius idea! I love your videos, Anna, and this one, specifically, just made my weekend so much better. P.S. you looked fab!
    xo Lillian

  • Emily Allen

    Loved this, I go a bit crazy with travel minis when I go on holiday :p

    xxx Thanks Anna

  • Daniella

    great post!! so helpful!!!!

  • Jenna

    Great post! Loved it!x

  • wow this is great, I’m definitely going to use this pdf! thanks so much!

  • Anne-Marie

    “Hairbands because wearing your hair in a pineapple-like fashion is the epitome of in-flight chic…of course you just need to remember to like pack some clothes as well unless you’re going to a nudist colony”

    Anna you are hilarious and your videos are amazing and so informative 🙂 Thank you!!

  • Lyndsey

    I’m leaving for a vacation next week, so this was perfect timing!! Your makeup bag and travel roll-up toiletry bag are so cute!

  • Olivia S

    Oh wow! I want everything in the top picture. I defiantly always pack too much (oops!) xx

    Oliva –

  • Amy

    I always bring too much stuff with me on holiday! I’m definitely going to take some of your tips on board when I’m packing this year x

    Amy |

  • Celina

    I absolutely loved this video and I can’t wait to see the rest of the series. It’s so helpful! 🙂


    Celina | The Celution

  • Ella

    I loved this video! Going to france in 2 weeks minus one day exactly. I’ve decided to be brave and not wear ANY makeup except nail polish for the whole trip, my skin will thank me 🙂

  • So many amazing products! I Need them all

  • Xylene

    Could you possibly do a backpacking version? Like, if one were to backpack across Europe, what would you suggest we bring?

  • lydia

    I love your videos but this made me really sad because I know I’m not going away any time soon 🙁 hehe! x

  • Ah Anna, I’ve definitely saved this PDF checklist for future reference despite the fact I have no getaways scheduled until next August. Le sigh! A girl can dream, via perfectly organised lists…! x

  • Linda

    Love the list, I’m such an over packer

  • shagun

    The PDF is genius! Travelling in 2 days, its just what I needed!

  • Very helpful post. Thanks!

    Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles

  • Rachelle

    I love a good spot of organisation, I go away on Saturday and all my lists are in tact – ready to be ticked/scored off as they hit the case!

    rachelle xo

  • Shel

    This post has made me so excited for my holiday, I’m likely to start packing a good month early! haha! Shel x

  • Elle

    I really really liked this post. It was really helpful! And my ocd-ness loved the organisation in the above photo! 🙂

  • Sandra Hernández

    I’m about to go on holiday and this checklist is like heaven to me (a checklist-maniac). Thank you very much from México!

  • I am terribly indecisive holiday beauty packer… never mind my clothing suitcase, I most definitely need to pack and repack my beauty bag 4-5 times before running out of time and just throwing it into my luggage. Gotta bookmark this post and learn some discipline!

  • Kimberley

    Love the PDF file, will definitely be using it when I travel next. Unfortunately, I’m one of those who always overpack as well. So its great to try to cut down all those unnecessary items 🙂

  • Guest

    I am deffo using this! Going on holiday this weekend!

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  • I will be using this this weekend when I go to Florida!

  • made a blogpost using this checklist!

  • clare

    Thats a lot of things but I can’t talk would take just as much