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
- 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!
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 to Night’ Dresses:
Gold Trim Bikini
What are your travel essentials?