My ‘Hand Luggage Only’ Holiday Wardrobe

I’m flying out of here soon and I cannot wait to see a bit of sunshine because the weather over the last couple of months in the UK has been pretty dire!

I’m going to a Spanish island at a time when it will still be cooler first thing in the morning and in the evenings because its often windy, so I need some layers – but the breakdown of the type of outfits I’m taking are pretty much the same as they would be for any destination.
I’ve travelled a fair bit and learnt to take quite a carefully thought out wardrobe with me to minimise on the baggage – especially as nowadays you have to pay for it… plus it saves so much time not having to wait for your bags to be unloaded at the other end!
I wasn’t always this way though, I used to take an obscene amount of outfits away with me for just a week in the sun – then I met my husband and we booked to go travelling around Thailand…. when he said we were going hand luggage only I was horrified and said only my beauty stuff would fit in it?!  To be fair to me,  it was a very different holiday we were going on and not just one where I wanted to look nice by the pool and glamorous in a beach bar of an evening ….. but I  honestly didn’t think I would manage to travel so light.
… but I did it and later took a big round the world trip with just one small bag – so that Thailand trip changed how I pack forever!

My Hand Luggage Packing List:

  • 3 daytime outfits
  • 2 evening outfits
  • 2 beach/pool cover-ups
  • 2 bikinis
  • Flat sandals
  • Wedges
  • 1 casual jacket
  • 1 maxi kimono – day or night outfit
  • Travel outfit – jacket/dress/leggings/top
  • Handbag, evening clutch bag & sunglasses
  • Sun hat
(+ toiletries/makeup – minimum possible!)

… so that’s my list and here’s my holiday wardrobe + lots of shopping inspo!

3 x Daytime Outfits:

This long sleeve, Tobi bardot tunic dress is nice and lightweight, so it’s perfect to wear for exploring in the daytime, it packs down nice and small into a beach bag and it will look good over leggings of an evening as well:

I love the soft, chambray denim colour of this bandeau sundress and it’s cotton, so nice and cool to wear!

Similar here

This dress is also cotton, so with the ruffles it’s a bit more bulky to pack, but I like to have something that’s slightly less casual for the daytime – and this will be great at night too:

1 x Casual Jacket

Dark denim is a neutral colour so this jacket will go with pretty much any outfit:

2 Evening Outfits:

I usually dress very casually when I’m away, but I’ve got a couple of birthday celebrations to go to this time so have packed more dressier evening outfits then I would normally –

A dusky pink velvet dress for a dinner and a sexier, sheer black number for a party!

(I do usually take dresses though, as they are smaller to pack then trousers/jeans & tops)


2 x Cover-Ups:

An embroidered kaftan and a soft, burnout fabric beach dress

Both of these can be worn on the beach/by the pool, but also over leggings with a jacket at night:

Something Extra I Squeezed In!
A silky kimono style dress that’s really lightweight. so can be worn day or night and perfect for Beach to Bar:

My Outfit to Travel:
I always wear lots of layers on the flight, so a maxi dress with a vest top and pair of thin leggings underneath, with a biker jacket over the top means I have a dressier jacket for the evenings when I’m away and of course the dress can be worn without the layers when I get there.
I always wear my chunkiest shoes on the flight to save space in my case and I take my sun hat on the plane with me too:

Handbag and Wedge Sandals:
This straw bag by Skinnydip is the perfect size for taking a few bits with me on the plane, plus it has a cross body strap too which is handy when out shopping/exploring.
I fly wearing the bulkiest shoes – these wedge sandals are super lightweight and comfy, plus I can wear them day or night:

….. and that’s it for my holiday wardrobe!

I put my make up (powder foundation, a Tarte face & eye palette, mascara, lipbalm + a lipstick) plus my moisturiser in the clear bag in my handbag for going through security and other basic toiletries I just buy when I get there because it’s really easy to just grab things like a deodorant, cleanser, toner, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo + conditioner, body lotion and sun cream for just a few euros from the local supermarkets.

Fancy a bit of shopping?!

Day Dresses:
Pink Dress
Denim Mini Dress
Red Dress

‘Day to Night’ Dresses:

 Blush Midi Dress
Black Dress
Yellow Midi Dress

Casual Jackets:

Crop Denim Jacket

Biker Jacket

Denim Jacket

Evening Outfits:

 Teal Dress
Floral Ruffle Dress
Black Wrap Dress

Beach Dresses:


Mandala Blue Dress

Pink Kaftan

Black Bardot Dress


Embroidered Bikini


Gold Trim Bikini


Blue Tote
Nude Tote
Green Tote

Twist Sandals
Leopard Sandals
Plaited Sandals

What are your travel essentials?

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  1. Linda Davis
    March 11, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Love your blogs Tiff… I will try and remember what you have said. Your clothes are amazing!! So feminine and very you😃have a lovely time away love and hugs Lin xxx😘

    • March 11, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Ah thank you Lin! Won’t be long and you’ll be packing too! Woohoo! Xxx

  2. March 11, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    That black and red evening dress is STUNNING! I love it!!! I’m a big fan of hand luggage only for travelling too. You’ve inspired me for airport/travel outfit with the suggestion of leggings… heading to Mexico soon so I really don’t need jeans, but they’re usually my standard on a plan. Now I’m off to find a tunic and leggings for traveling in comfort!

    • March 11, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Oooh Mexico how fantastic! Yes leggings are my travel staple, so much comfier!

  3. March 14, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    I absolutely love this!! I think it’s great to show what you can fit in a carry on! Obsessed with that red and black evening dress!

  4. March 15, 2018 / 1:02 am

    The black dress with the flowers is fabulous. And we have almost the same cover -up.

  5. March 15, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    Have an awesome trip! The UK weather just stinks right now, so I hear ya!

  6. March 15, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    These are wonderful selections – cute, colorful and flirty! The guide you provided will come in handy. I don’t know about anyone else, but I tend to over pack. Having your guide as a checkoff list will keep me from lugging unnecessary baggage around. =) Thanks!!

  7. March 18, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    You just made packing easy for me! Thank you. Enjoy your time in sun and warm weather.

  8. March 19, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Even your clothes choosing seems to be done in an elegant way! So much thought goes into your choices, really puts my (throw a bunch of t-shirts and shorts in) approach to shame. Some lovely colours there too.

  9. March 20, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Ok, first that is so exciting you are going to a cool Spanish island! And second, I need you to take me shopping! I am loving all those outfits you packed and I need someone to help me style different pieces together like you do!

  10. March 20, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    I struggle with packing and have never managed hand luggage only, so your post is very inspiring!

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