Style expert Sophie Hart gives you the lowdown on how to pack for a sunny getaway.
Most of us take the opportunity to book a last minute tropical escape to beat the Winter chill, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll also be packing at the last minute.
Here are a few of my essential packing tips to get you through.
The Transit Outfit
This outfit is just as important as every other – maybe even more. Key items here include a comfy pair of stylish low-slung pants or leggings, a cotton tee – something breathable and comfy is perfect, a cardigan which comes in handy when you get a little chilly in air conditioning on the plane or in transit (try cashmere) and a leather jacket (soft and durable). Roll up a sundress (made from non-crush material) in your hand luggage so that you can pop this on just before you land. Good headphones, lip balm, neck pillow and a soft shawl are a must!
If you’re conscious of packing light, lay your selection of clothing out on your bed before you start packing. This gives you a really good indication as to how many outfits you can piece together by getting a clear idea of how everything works tonally. After you have done this – cut it in half!
To avoid ironing on your holiday, try to avoid high-maintenance fabrics that crush easily – you want to pack light, natural fabrics like cotton, silk or linen. These are also perfect for summer weather as they breathe.
Shoes can sometimes be the bulkiest item in your suitcase, so packing the right shoes is a game-changer. Always make sure you have a pair of thongs that you can wear to the pool, beach and outdoor bathrooms. A classic heel will go a long as they should match most outfits you have packed. Don’t forget pair of walking shoes – you’ll thank yourself after a day of seeing sites.
Accessorizing is the perfect way of mixing up your outfits. For a day to night look, you can pair your favourite necklace and rings with your day dress. It will keep you feeling and looking fresh.