Being sun-safe is important to me.
I always wear sunscreen, I love my sunglasses wardrobe, I seek out shade, if I know I’ll be out in the sun for extended periods of time I try to wear clothes that shield me from the sun AND you’ll find me wearing a hat.
That’s why I’m a very proud ambassador for Project SPF.
So when I was organising what to take to Thailand last week, a wide-brimmed hat was very much at the top of my sun-safe list.
The problem I have with hats is that my head is big. I’m always on the hunt for hats that can accommodate my big noggin, without feeling my head is in a vice each time I wear them.
I stumbled across hat maker and milliner Carolyn Unwin’s hats via Instagram and promptly added this fabulous one below to cart.
The brim can be trimmed down if this boho fringe is not your style. The crown has a soft cotton lining for extra strength and breathability.
The elastic internal headband provides a flexible fit.
AND it comes in three sizes. The L size fits a 58-59.5cm circumference head. My head measures in at 59cm so WINNING.
When I posted photos of me wearing the hat in Thailand I was asked how I got it to Koh Samui.
So, today I’m sharing my tips on how to pack a hat for travel.
1. Stuff the crown of your hat with small items of clothing. Don’t overfill the hat or you’ll stretch it. Underwear or socks are good options.
2. Flip the hat over so that it sits flat at the bottom of your suitcase with the stuffing still in place.
3. Pack around the hat. I have fully embraced the concept of packing cells. These ones are from Kathmandu that I bought on a three for $30 deal.
4. Continue packing around the hat until it is firmly held in place. I filled the gaps with rolled items of clothing.
5. Cover the top of the hat with a layer of clothes. My suitcase is double sided but the hat side zips up. This kept the hat firmly in its section and safe. I made sure on the other side that any hard objects or items would not end up adjacent to the hat section when the suitcase was closed.
VOILA … packed and ready to go.
(Don’t you just love the tag that The Bag Tag Studio sent to me? How did they know I love pineapples ;))
When I got to the retreat, I held my breath as I opened the bag. The hat survived in perfect condition and served me well all week.
So tell me, do you have any more packing hacks to share?