I recently put my virtual hand up on Twitter to compile a holiday capsule packing list, and then I realised there was one tiny problem. I am the worst packer in the world. Seriously. What was I thinking?
Not wanting to shy away from the self imposed challenge, however, I decided to consult the people I know who are amazing packers, do a little research and have a good long hard look at my packing self and decide where it is I usually go wrong, and what I can do to prevent chronic overpacking from happening in the future. This is what I came up with;
- 3 bikinis (or as many as you want really, they don’t take up much room!)
- 2 sarongs
- 3 pairs of shorts or jeans / pants – denim / stone / black
- 5 t-shirts / tops / singlets
- 2 day time dresses / kaftans
- 2 evening dresses
- Thongs / shoes for daytime sightseeing & shopping
- Jewelled sandals for evening
- Wedges for evening
- Fun accessories – jewellery, scarves
Scarves can be worn as head-scarves too!
When I think about what I pack vs. what I actually wear while on holiday, it’s the easy and comfortable pieces that always get an outing. Anything that can be taken from day to night is also perfect, for example a shift dress can be worn with flats and a hat during the day, then dressed up with wedges and accessories for the evening. The same goes for shorts and tops, they can be worn casually during the day and then dressed up with a belt, jewellery and wedges at night.
Asia: It’s always very humid in Asia, so packing natural, breathable fabrics is essential. Kaftans and loose, flowing dresses will definitely get an outing so be sure to pack them if you have them.
Europe: If you are bound for Europe, then no doubt there will be some sightseeing (and shopping!) taking place on your trip, so make sure you pack comfy walking shoes. It can also get a bit chilly in the evenings, so pack your pashmina when you are heading out.
Middle East: If you are headed for the Middle East, you need to be respectful of the culture. Although many parts of the Middle East, like Dubai and Bahrain have a majority expat population, it’s a good idea to be conscious of dressing quite modestly. Always have a pashmina handy in case of curious onlookers so you won’t feel uncomfortable.
What’s on your ultimate holiday packing list?
What are your tips for smart packing?