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Byline: By Lydia Whitfield Wales on Sunday

Bursting suitcases and excess luggage charges are the price you pay for keeping the glam-factor high on holiday and these celebrity jet-setters have let us take a sneak-peak into their suitcases to tell us about their holiday essentials.

Hot Welsh TV presenters Liz Fuller, Adele Vellacott and Alex Jones gave LYDIA WHITFIELD the lowdown on how to sort the neat from the naff and sizzle in the sunshine...

DESCRIBE YOUR HOLIDAY STYLE

oLiz: 'Jet-set luxury. It's glammy all the way for me.'

oAdele: 'Casual. I like lots of miniskirts that I can just chuck on with a pair of flip-flops. I'm definitely laid-back on holiday.'

oAlex: 'Beachy but glammy with it, I'd say.'

ARE YOU AN UNDER- OR OVER-PACKER?

oLiz: 'Over-packer I'm afraid. It's a case of however much I can fit in.'

oAdele: 'Over-packer. Definitely. I cram it all in, just in case.'

oAlex: 'Over-packer every time. We went to Prague a couple of weekends ago and I had to pay because my bag was too heavy! We were only going for three nights!'

WHAT'S YOUR FAIL-SAFE GO-TO OUTFIT FOR YOUR HOLS?

oLiz: 'Pucci trousers because they're silk and can go with a bikini top or with something glitzier to go out at night. And a Pucci skirt and matching bikini. I wore that when I was away a lot with Paul (McKenna). And I always pack a couple of plain, strappy vests.'

oAdele: 'Just a little denim skirt because it's so easy. And lots and lots of gorgeous matching underwear.'

oAlex: 'I need a comfy pair of slip-on shoes. Ones that you can wear with a bikini as well as out in the night. I've got lots of failsafe kitten heels that do the job.'

WHAT DO YOU TRAVEL IN?

oLiz: 'That depends on whether it's a private jet or not! If it is then you can wear a really short skirt and Gina mules or high boots, but if it's a normal plane, then you can't really totter around like that. I do like to wear heels whatever the occasion. I still act like a beauty queen even if I'm going on holiday!

oAdele: 'Big, baggy combats. I like to be comfy when I travel.'

oAlex: 'Usually jeans and a T-shirt.'

ARE YOU A ROLLER, A FOLDER OR DO YOU CHUCK EVERYTHING IN?

oLiz: 'I tend to throw it all in. If it doesn't fit then I'll start folding properly. If I've got sequined tops or anything then I'll lie them on top of each other in the case, all stacked up. Or I'll get my PA Sasha to do it for me!'

oAdele: 'I fold everything quite neatly, but I still have to sit on my case to close it!'

oAlex: 'I chuck anything and everything in.'

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS PACK THAT YOU DON'T USE?

oLiz: 'I always take lots of different dresses. I'm not keen on two-pieces, unless it's a really nice outfit, so I always take too many dresses.'

oAdele: 'Shoes, if anything I suppose. I take loads of flip-flops and a pair of little heels for evening.'

oAlex: 'I take the hair straighteners, the tongs and rollers as well. But by the time you arrive, it's too hot to do anything and I don't get them out of my bag for the whole stay.'

WHAT DO YOU GET UP TO ON THE PLANE?

oLiz: 'I'm always too excited going out anywhere to sleep, but try to sleep the whole way on the way back. Other than that, I'll read - this time it was Jordan's autobiography - or a couple of magazines. I may have one glass of champers, but for that I'll drink three glasses of water. I don't over-do it.'

oAdele: 'If it's a short flight, then I'll have a drink. If it's longer, then I take music and a book.

'I can sleep anywhere as well but move around so I don't get a bad back.'

oAlex: 'I read magazines. I take Cosmo, something like heat and then Closer or Now. You can't take too many Cosmo-sized books because they get so heavy!

'If I'm on a plane, I watch a couple of films and I love just nosing at everyone else around me - a bit of people-watching.'

WHAT ARE YOUR MAKE-UP ESSENTIALS FOR HOLIDAYS?

oLiz: 'I wear just as much as I would on TV! People think it's weird, but if certain parts are redder than others after I've been in the sun all day, then I'll put fake tan on.

'I think it brings the tan out better. I'll take Clinique or L'Oreal mascara - I go cheap because you can bin them every two months - and MAC Spice lipliner and Lipglass.'

oAdele: 'My Maybelline fruity gel lipgloss and Maybelline mascara.'

oAlex: 'A good moisturiser. At the moment I'm liking the L'Oreal Age Perfect stuff. I go for much lighter make-up when I'm on holiday with a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation, a bit of mascara and vaseline on the lips - that's one area where I'm a light packer actually!'

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ACCESSORIES?

oLiz: 'Necklaces. I go for something really big and bright or earrings. The ethnic-style that is lovely at the moment is available in Portobello Market from a fiver to a tenner. They're great. I've stocked up and people ask me if they're Butler & Wilson. I have one really expensive pair of earrings and take them on holiday too.'

oAdele: 'Sunnies are a must. But I'm a high street girl and buy loads of pairs here in Camden. And I leave any expensive jewellery well at home. And I make sure I have a condom with me - if you can't be good, be safe.'

oAlex: 'I like the flowers that you can put in your hair. My tip of the day is that they've got loads of colours in H&M for only 99p at the moment! They're great for when you feel rough in your bikini - detract the attention by jazzing up your hair a bit!'

AND COZZIE OR BIKINI?

oLiz: 'Skimpy tie-up bikinis. I'm not one to have a different one for every day though, I'll stick to three.'

oAdele: 'I'm all for bikinis. I normally get them when I'm abroad. Or Topshop do great little ones. And then I switch to a thong to get rid of all the white bits towards the end of a holiday. But I get a base tan first.'

oAlex: 'I'm lucky because after doing La Bamba (a beach-based dating show) a couple of years ago, I've got the biggest collection of bikinis with matching sarongs.'

WHAT LUGGAGE?

oLiz: 'A big Louis Vuitton holdall.'

oAdele: 'Standard ones from the high street - nothing fancy because I always end up breaking them. Without fail, I need a new case for every holiday because the last one has died.'

oAlex: 'I always need wheels - I couldn't lift the bag I took to Prague! TK Maxx is good for designer cases which are cheap, so it doesn't matter if they get too battered.'

WHERE'S YOUR NEXT STOP?

oLiz: 'I've spent this weekend in Marbella with the girlies just to get away from the whole Paul McKenna break-up. It was great.'

oAdele: 'I worked in the States, so I'm keen to arrange a trip back there and my flatmates and I are planning a girly and beachy holiday in September. My last holiday was in May, to Cyprus with Jodie Marsh.'

oAlex: 'I'm going to Belfast for a hen night in a couple of weeks and then Morocco at the end of the month.'

DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY CITY SLICKER OR BEACH BUM ON HOLIDAY?

oLiz: 'I'm a beach bum - any excuse to get into a bikini!'

oAdele: 'Beach holiday, definitely. I need to be somewhere hot.'

oAlex: 'I do like a beach holiday, but by the end of a fortnight, I want some fresh air, a bit of coolness and I love a city break too.' PACKING ORDERS: Creased clothes every time you open your suitcase? Follow our list of do's and don'ts to ensure a perfectly packed suitcase every trip...

DO put tape around the tops of shampoo, conditioner, face wash and anything else likely to leak.

DON'T pack anything fragile on the top. Wrap things like your duty free alcohol in a towel or jumper and pack it in the middle of the case.

DO roll up vest tops, pyjamas and little denim skirts. Not only does rolling prevent creases you can pad around the edge of the suitcase.

DON'T forget to label your luggage and lock it, and never leave it unattended.

DO take an extra plastic bag - just in case your beach towel still carries half the beach!

DON'T forget to pack a first aid kit for all those unexpected cuts, grazes and blisters.

DO plan what you're going to need while you're away, there's no point taking something you won't wear.

DON'T spend all holIday stressed about wrinkled clothes, you're on holiday so relax and enjoy it!
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