It’s that time of year again. Finally!! Sand between your toes, sun on your face, balmy nights, the sound of a calypso band, the smell of coconut lotion and the taste of fruity cocktails… Summer Vacay here we come!
But Wait. No… Step away from the suitcase. You don’t need to take your whole wardrobe. And yes, you can take more than one bikini. Let’s ‘unpack’ the mystery of summer holiday packing so that you can be stylish for every occasion, and still have plenty of room for holiday shopping.
Pop on a tanning moisturiser a couple of times before your holidays. You’ll feel a million times better hitting the beach with a golden glow rather than a fluorescent one. Paint your toenails a pretty colour, as you’ll be seeing them a lot, get a wax (everywhere), and tint your brows and lashes so that you can leave the mascara at home.
Throw in these basics and you’ll cover a myriad of holiday scenarios. White singlet, black V-neck t-shirt, denim shorts, denim jeans, multi-way bra, nude underwear, and waterfall cardigan.
These staples will see you through from casual days to changes of weather and anything in between with the rest of your holiday packing.
Three bikinis. One two-piece straight strapped bikini for lying by the pool and catching some rays (sunscreened of course), one super stylish one-piece or bikini for happy hour pool bar drinks, and one (preferably one-piece) sporty piece for snorkeling or diving.
Throw in two kaftans, one short and one full length. They take up no room and can be worn over your togs during the day, with a belt and gorgeous sun hat out shopping, or with your wedges and jewelry out at night.
There’s no need to over pack on the shoes. Two pairs of thongs (one glitzy and one plain) will see you through most of your holiday. Then just add a pair of tan, leather wedges and your runners and you’re good to go. If you have cool runners like Converse that look great but you can still power walk, jog, horse ride or coral walk in, then that’s perfect.
Two dresses. You already have your kaftans as extra dresses, so you’ll only need two more. Pack one gorgeous little summer dress that you would love to wear to dinner or dancing with your tan wedges or glitzy thongs. Make it something summery and sexy.
The other dress is your travel dress. A black, butterfly back, scoop neck maxi is perfect. Comfortable yet stylish and can be worn with either your cool runners or wedges, which is great as that’s one less pair of shoes to pack.
Throw in a sexy top that goes with your denim for a quick and easy evening outfit. Think sequins, backless or even crop.
This is something I commonly forget, and end up borrowing my other half’s pyjama pants all week. Take something comfy to lounge around the unit, room, hotel or house in.
Work Out Gear
One set of active wear will do. You may or may not use it. Snorkeling, biking or hiking might be enough exercise for you, but if you feel the need then you have it there. Rinse it out in the shower after use, like your togs so that you can wear it again if the need arises, and you already have your sneakers anyway.
Bags & Accessories
A tan tote or shoulder bag will fit perfectly into your holiday style. Take a matching belt too. These are the perfect partners to your tan wedges and go with your maxi, your kaftans and even your jeans. Pack some extra necklaces, bracelets and earrings to dress up your day and evening outfits. These take up less room than more clothes and give every outfit a unique look, doubling or tripling your wardrobe in an instant.
With this pack you’ll probably find there’s still a bit of room in your luggage. Don’t get over excited and fill it to the brim. Leave the extra space for holiday shopping – you know you will!