HOW TO PACK FOR A BEACH HOLIDAY
This month has been an amazing end to summer for me - lots of sun, sand between my toes, snorkelling, waterfalls, hiking and swimming. It's hard to believe that whilst I have just been in the Maldives, I am on my way to Europe for a sailing trip around the Greek islands this week. But first – what did I pack?
Now I am of the firm belief it doesn’t matter if your beach holiday is for a weekend or a week, less in your suitcase is always more. And as I look at what I packed, and wore, in the Maldives, something rings true. No matter how many options I bring, I always seem to wear only a few items on high rotation. So this is a key learning I used for Greece - pack less and keep it simple. So read on to find out how to pack for a beach holiday.
STEP 1: COLOURS The quickest and easiest way in knowing how to pack for a beach holiday is to start with your colour combination. Whether you like brights or neutrals, choose white, black or tan as your base and build from that. At the moment I am loving my neutrals - black and white paired with two colour options, khaki green and pastel pink. If you like bright colours, I would choose tan, white, with different hues of pinks (blush, terracotta, salmon) or blues (navy, royal blue, aqua).
STEP 2: TOPS Now you have chosen your colours, pull out from your wardrobe two tanks/singlet tops, a couple of t-shirts and a long sleeved shirt. Remember to pack a light denim jacket (I love white denim and pale blue denim) and/or a bomber jacket in case it gets cool at night. Once you've gathered your pieces, lay them out on your bed.
STEP 3: BOTTOMS Keep it simple by taking a pair of your favourite shorts and two skirts, at least one maxi and one mini skirt. Also lay your choices down on you bed next to everything else.
STEP 4: DRESSES Summer dresses and playsuits are the most fun to wear on a beach holiday as they are super easy to throw on over bikinis. Choose three of your favourites in your selected colour combination and if you want to wear a dress for dinner, throw in a pair of heels. I personally didn't take any high heels to Greece, but if you plan on having a special night, absolutely take one pair. But one pair only! We'll talk more about shoes in a moment...
STEP 5: ACCESSORIES Getting carried away with accessories can weigh you down, literally. Let's start with bags. You only need two - a tan or black leather shoulder bag to fit your towel, sunscreen and hat for the day, and a smaller handbag which you can strap across your body for dinner in the evenings. Now onto hats. I love wearing hats and over the years, I’ve found one panama with a wide brim to be absolutely perfect for a weekend or a week by the beach. It's light and cool to wear. I do love to take a felt hat with me too though. Onto watches now. These are the ultimate holiday accessory because you should be checking your watch and not your phone constantly to tell the time. Being on vaycay is all about being in the present, not getting distracted by Instagram and Facebook. One watch is enough, so you need to make sure it will go with everything in your suitcase. For me, I can't go past an oversized black watch. I recently got my watch from Cluse and it's perfectly casual for the day, and perfectly dressy for the evenings. I also get a lot of guys asking where I got it, which I love! I also chose black because I knew it would go with all of my outfits. Hurrah! Now you have gathered your accessories, it's time to place them on your bed.
STEP 6: VISUALISE Now you can see all of your items together on your bed. Take a step back. Is there anything you don’t need? If so, remove it from your virtual flat lay. Have you forgotten something? If so, place it on your bed. Does your chosen colour combination work well? Yes? Fantastic. You are now ready to choose your shoes.
STEP 7: SHOES Shoes weigh a tonne in your suitcase and can take up a lot of room, so I would suggest packing one pair of flat sandals, one casual pair of walking sneakers and one pair of high heels. To be honest, I can totally live without high heels on a beach holiday. I prefer to be more relaxed than dressy on a beach holiday.
STEP 8: SWIMSUITS I have friends who pack a swimsuit for each day they’re at the beach. Personally I think one bikini and one full piece is absolutely plenty! If you want to take a couple of bikinis, go for it because they hardly weigh anything and you can mix'n'match with your other bikinis.
STEP 9: BEAUTY Minimise beauty products by taking only what you need. Face wash, face moisturiser, light foundation, mascara, one lipstick (I always pack red), one moisturising lip balm, body lotion, and 50+ sunscreen is honestly all you’ll need because there is nothing better than that beautiful dewy summer beach holiday glow.
STEP 10: ESSENTIALS And in case you forget, you absolutely cannot go on a beach holiday without pyjamas, underwear, toothbrush and paste, and deodorant. Of course!
Ps. Make sure you check the airline's weight restrictions. You don't want to get caught out with a 30kg (pray you never need this much!) suitcase when you can only take 23kg.
This post is in collaboration with Cluse.