Unlike most, I love packing. I find that, limited by a baggage allowance you really have to focus on creating a capsule wardrobe. For those of you who work with me, you will know that this is my raison d’etre.
What you pack, of course, depends on where you’re going and how long for. Remember, you don’t want to waste your precious holiday time packing, unpacking and re-packing clothes you won’t wear.
Here are my TOP PACKING TIPS, interspersed with a few lovely summer pieces:
1. Check the long – range weather forecast. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes.
Dress from Whistles from £165.
Would look also great worn with boots and opaques come Autumn
Jigsaw Ballet neck top £37.
A fabulous basic with a twist
2. Choose a colour theme to work with. Consider running a colour like orange through your selection. Brights can look gorgeous in the sun.
Whistles Silk Jumpsuit £229.
A stunning piece that would take you to a wedding or black tie event
3. Run through your itinerary visualising the things you will be doing on your trip. What types of shoes will you need?
4. Shoes can weigh heavy so limit the number of pairs you take. (Metallics are a good option and look fantastic in the sun.
Ancient Greek Sandals at Outnet from £120 to £60.
A steal for summer
Ilse Jacobsen at Sue Parkinsons £65.
Fun, frivolous feet
Gold Wedge Sandal Jigsaw £98.
Versatile summer wedge
5. If you have space, hang your clothes so that you see them all together and consider what works with what. Ensure each piece earns its place in your case.
6. Select a capsule wardrobe of pieces you can mix and match, and dress up or down, including accessories.
Tote from Whistles £80.
For stylish carryon
7. Think about what underwear you will need to work with each outfit. Will you need a strapless bra, or control pants?
8. If you are travelling with someone else, consider splitting your items across two cases. Pack complete outfits in each case. That way if a case gets lost, you will both have something to wear.
9. Wrap toiletry and make-up bags in plastic, in case of any spillage.
This Works £37
for holiday-ready pins
10. Stuff small items, such as belts and adaptors, into shoes and place in shoe bags.
11. Make sure there isn’t too much empty space otherwise things will move and get creased. Fill gaps with underwear, swimwear and t-shirts to create a firm foundation.
‘Shells in the Sand’ Shellac.
Beach-ready nails with an appointment at Nailed & Utopia
12. Fold clothing with tissue – it makes your pieces feel like new when you unpack.
13. Always unpack and hang your things as soon as you arrive to give your clothes the chance to drop out. If there are any creases hang pieces in a steamy shower.
PS. When you return check your passport expiration to see if it requires renewing before your next trip