Your flight is booked, your suitcase has been dusted off, and your sun-lounger is calling you. But with a strict baggage allowance, what on earth should you actually pack?! Should you be packing for every possible eventuality, just in case? Is more actually more? Ignore your partner’s moans of despair, (“You can’t really need so many shoes!” Anyone?) and follow this easy guide to make sure you not only have plenty to wear but also have room for bringing souvenirs home.

With just a few simple rules, you’ll save on excess baggage charges, too!

The Rules:

  1. Wear your heaviest items to travel in – boots, a coat maybe – don’t forget the plane can get quite chilly
  2. Decant your toiletries into travel-sized bottles – airlines have restrictions these days anyway, but taking more than you need is a quick way to push up the weight of your case
  3. Give your make-up bag a holiday – minimise what you take; 1 lipstick, 1 gloss, mascara, bronzer and 2 coloured eye pencils. We’re not saying “no make-up,” just not very much. Skin looks fabulous with a little sun-kissed colour, and the break from heavy make-up will do your skin the world of good
  4. One perfume only – be decisive!
  5. Don’t overload on undies – wash it overnight

So, for a 7 night beach holiday, you will need:

1 pair of jeans

1 pair of cropped trousers

1 pair of shorts

2 dresses

1 skirt

1 kaftan

1 smart T-shirt

3 ‘other’ T-shirts

1 cotton twinset or vest & cardigan

1 pair of trainers

1 pair of pretty sandals or flip-flops

1 pair of heels

1 pair of ballet pumps

1 pashmina

3 swimming costumes or bikinis

1 hat

And that’s it! If you’ve read this far and you’re thinking we’re nuts, here’s how it all goes together:

Travelling Jeans, twinset or vest & cardigan, trainers Cropped trousers, smart T-shirt, pretty sandals
Day 2 – Beach Shorts, T-shirt 1, sandals/flipflops Dress 1, heels, pashmina
Day 3 – Pool Kaftan, sandals/fipflops Skirt, strappy top, ballet pumps


Day 4 – Beach Shorts, T-shirt 2, sandals/flipflops Dress 2, heels, pashmina
Day 5 – Sightseeing Cropped trousers, T-shirt 3, trainers Skirt, smart T-shirt, ballet pumps
Day 6 – Beach Shorts, T-shirt 3, sandal/flipflops Dress 1, heels, pashmina
Day 7 – Pool Kaftan, sandals Dress 2, heels, pashmina


Travelling Jeans, T-shirt, cardigan


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