THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY PACKING GUIDE

We can’t be the only ones who dread packing. Even the excitement of the sun, sea and sand waiting for us on the other side can’t lessen the pain of packing. Pack too little and you’ll be wearing the same denim shorts and linen trousers on endless – monotonous – rotation. Pack too much and you’ll incur the wrath of the airline, cue absurd excess luggage fees and an airport argument with the other half about your inability to travel light.

Whilst we can’t profess to be packing professionals, we certainly know our stuff when it comes to clothes, more specifically which ones will become your suitcase saviours this summer.

CLOTHING

The key to a harmonious holiday wardrobe lays in planning outfits, rather than filling a case with separates. A stylist secret is to plan your outfits, laying each one out with accessories and jewellery, before photographing it on your mobile phone and placing it in your case.

When it comes to the individual pieces, remember to keep denim shorts loose for a more flattering fit, opt for cotton dresses for comfort in the heat and don’t forget to pack longer sleeved T-shirts as well as your vest tops. Pink shoulders are inevitable, so a lightweight cotton shirt or T-shirt is a must.

SWIMWEAR

Repeat after us: “I do not need a bikini for every day of my holiday”

When you wait all year to feel the sun on your skin, the temptation to load up on bikinis is strong. Rather than half-filling your case with a Lycra look for every day of the week, choose two or three really good quality bikinis per week. We have some stunning styles from Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren available in store now, all of which you’ll be desperate to wear far more than once.  

Another top tip is to pack a swimsuit, even if you usually prefer a two piece. You’ll be glad you did when you are ten days into breakfast buffets, local specialities and poolside cocktails.  

FOOTWEAR

Heels and holidays don’t mix. There’s something about being in the sun all day, whether that is on an island hike or in a poolside daze, that makes the thought of putting on a pair of heels horrifying. Fortunately, flats have never been more fashionable and great quality leather sandals will see you through years of holidaying. If you really can’t resist some extra height, opt for this season’s mules or a pair of wedges from Michael Kors.

 

ACCESSORIES

There is something about slipping on your straw hat that really signals the start of your holiday. A simple wide-brimmed style with a grosgrain band has overtaken the traditional fedora as our holiday hat of choice.

This season’s straw bags are perfect for the beach and lazy mornings wandering cobblestoned streets. For evenings, we love the classic, wear-with-anything Mulberry Lily.   

Are you holiday ready? Visit Robinsons today and shop your suitcase saviours.