Don’t worry, it’s not just you; overpacking is a pretty classic problem when you’re jetting off abroad, and we’ve all been guilty of it. With summer well on the way, you might already be gearing up for your annual Ibiza trip – and whether you’re a seasoned raver or an Ibiza virgin, we’re here to help you pack fast, and pack smart with only the true Ibiza essentials.
OK then – let’s get into it.
Your Holiday Essentials
The golden rule of packing for Ibiza – in fact, packing for any holiday – is not to overpack. It’s a hard instinct to fight (after all, we all like to be prepared, don’t we), but trust us, you just end up taking a load of stuff that never sees the light of day. Do you really need to take more than one book for a seven-day holiday? How much serious reading will you really get done anyway? Be real.
So, what do you need? It’s easiest to start with the basics:
- Underwear. Non-negotiable. No matter how liberated you feel, you can’t be swinging loose in public spaces.
- Swimmers. Whether you’re a trunks or speedos kind of guy, you’ve got to have something. Your regular boxers aren’t really built for the waves.
- Toiletries. Naturally. Airport security at both ends will have their own opinions about what you’re allowed to take on the flight, though. To be on the safe side, leave the razors and the more expensive aftershave – they might not be allowed on the flight, and you can always buy that stuff while you’re out there.
- Beach towel. Don’t be that guy who just nicks one from the hotel. Even if no-one notices (and they will), the polite thing to do is to bring your own. It’s not like it’s that much extra effort.
- Flip flops and sandals. When it comes to beaches, your normal footwear isn’t one size fits all – it’s best to have footwear suited to the beaches and footwear suited to the clubs. (We’ll come onto that in just a second).
- Reading material. Don’t go crazy on the reading material, but you’ll definitely have quieter moments where you’ll need to chill out, and reading’s the classic way to do it. Bring a book, a couple of magazines, maybe even some comics or graphic novels if that’s what you’re into.
- A light jumper. Sure, the weather’s nicer than we’d get here in Britain, but don’t trust it blindly. It gets cold on the White Island, too so think about taking a sweatshirt!
- Sunscreen. The burned look is not cool, in every sense of the word. If you want to stand out from the crowd, the best way is through mastering men’s urban style – not through the glowing lobster look.
Sorted? Great. Next, let’s set our sights on the nights.
Your Rave Essentials
In order to rave hard, you have to rave smart. It’s quite possible to hit the clubs without any of the items we’re about to mention below – but trust us, just a bit of preparation makes life a lot easier in the long run. And importantly – a lot more fun!
- Earplugs. Seriously. If you don’t protect your hearing, you run the risk of tinnitus. It can be an absolute nightmare, as many ravers of the 1990s can tell you. Basically, it’s a constant high-pitched ringing noise, all the time. It’s unpleasant, permanent and totally avoidable. Earplugs. Seriously.
- Trainers. Flip-flops are allowed in clubs, but do you really want your unprotected toes out where people are smashing it on the dancefloor? Plus, closed, comfortable shoes are going to be far more comfortable for you to dance in, which is an extra bonus.
- Shades. A cheap pair of sunglasses is definitely an Ibiza essential, protecting your eyes from UV during the day and strobe lights after dark. They’ll inevitably break or get lost at some point during the holiday, so we wouldn’t suggest going for a designer pair.
- Protection. No, not your own security entourage (although we guess if you’ve got ‘em, flaunt ‘em). You know the kind we’re talking about. If you get lucky, it’s always best to be prepared.
- Old-school Nokia. We wouldn’t advise taking your expensive Android phone. We love Ibiza, but there are all sorts of people – whether resident or tourist – who wouldn’t think twice about nabbing it. And that’s if it survives getting knocked out of your hand on the dance-floor. A pay-as-you-go for your holiday is always the best option.
- Novelty rave assist. OK, this one’s not essential, but every good rave has a talking point. Add a bit of colour to your personal style with some neon paint, bracelets or sunglasses. It’s great for breaking the ice if you’re making friends in the smoking area (or, you know, chatting someone up at the bar).
Your Style Essentials
Ah, of course. This is the big one. Your trip to Ibiza is a big chance to make your statement with your very own personal style. You might already have some ideas for outfits picked out, but if you haven’t already, we’d definitely recommend checking out our very own Dead Legacy range of original men’s printed pineapple tees – awesome for injecting a vibrant bit of colour into your personal style. Plus, we can’t talk about essentials without at least mentioning the tees in our Dead Legacy Basics range – the building blocks of your personal style. Feel free to take a look through our site, and see what stands out!