Friday, 10 June 2016

How to Pack Outfits for a Holiday

Holiday planning and preparation. I love it. There's no better way to get excited for a holiday than thinking about all the things you're going to do and all the stuff you're going to wear. But it's very easy to over pack a suitcase, risking having to pay those extra weight allowance fines at the airport. So today I'm sharing my best tips for packing efficiently. My rules to stick to when it comes to planning your outfits for a trip abroad...

Check The Forecast
A bit of an obvious one but a good place to start is thinking about what you'll actually need to wear in the place you're travelling to. Be sensible and pack what is appropriate. Going somewhere hot and sunny? You'll need light thin fabrics, swimwear and plenty of sun lotion. Unless you're visiting the UK you shouldn't need to take clothes for all seasons.

Do The Maths 
Number of Days Away ÷ 2 = Number of Outfits
Right now, I should be sipping a cocktail in Greece! We're going for 10 nights and I'm planning to take 5 outfits for the day time and 5 outfits for evening wear. I'll wear each outfit twice or mix and match to create different looks. I recommend taking the length of your holiday and dividing it in half to equal the number of outfits you should take. So if you're going for one week take 3-4 outfits. If you're going for a fortnight take 7 outfits.
And if you want/need to change in the evenings then pack the same number of 'dressy' outfits and rotate them. But aim to mix and match, a simple cami top you can wear during the day can also be worn into the night. This is more than enough. It's tempting to 'have options' but you don't need options! If you're over your weight limit you can always remove 1 or 2 outfits and still be left with plenty of choice.
The same applies to bikinis or swimwear. I'd take a maximum of 5 bikinis on our 10 night holiday (but I'm actually only taking 4) and one beach cover up.

Choose Your Airport Outfit Wisely

Here's what I'll be wearing to the airport. Comfortable print trousers, trainers/pumps, a loose fit t-shirt or a cami top and a cardigan to throw on to keep you warm on the plane. If you're taking a hat you could pack it and cross your fingers it gets there in its original shape or just wear it to the airport. Monochrome outfits are a personal favourite because they're really easy to style and re-style with different items. I'd happily wear these trousers with heels for a night out.

Cardigan - ASOS | Hat - Primark | Pumps - Primark | Black Cami - Matalan | Print Trousers - H&M

Choose & Style Outfits - Take Snaps

One of my favourite things to do is lay out my outfits and take snaps of them on my phone. This helps you visualise what goes together and what can be swapped around and worn in different ways. Once I'm happy with my choices, they are folded or rolled up and packed into the case. Another idea is to fold and pack your clothes as outfits, so when it comes to unpacking at the hotel it's really easy to remember what you had planned; getting dressed each day is quick and easy! But I'll have my phone with me to check back through the photos if I need a reminder or some inspiration. 

Outfit 1: Khaki Shorts - Topshop | Printed Cami - Primark | Sandals - Topshop | Hat - Primark
Outfit 2: Stripe Shirt - Primark | Coral Shorts - Topshop | Pumps - Primark | Sandals - H&M
Outfit 3: Red Dress - River Island | Cycle Shorts - River Island | Sandals - Topshop
Outfit 4: Cream Oversized Shirt - H&M |  Denim Shorts - New Look | Sandals - Topshop
Outfit 5: Printed Wide Leg Trousers - Matalan | Sandals - H&M | Cami - Matalan | Kimono - Papaya

As you can see I have five casual outfits and five dressier options. I'm wearing the same white and black cami tops in different ways as they're really versatile and can be dressed up or down. I also wanted a mix of full length and short length items. Laying things out this way, even trying your outfits on, will remind you to pack that nude underskirt or that particular strapless bra, so you aren't caught out without the necessary items. There's nothing worse than pulling out your favourite dress to wear on the first night away and realising you don't have the right underwear for it! I actually discarded certain things because they were too troublesome to wear. I need things to be easy and comfortable on holiday. 

Outfit 1: Maxi Skirt - New Look | Black Cami - Matalan | Sandals - Topshop
Outfit 2: White Pleat Midi Skirt - Primark | White Cami - Matalan | Tan Wedges - H&M
Outfit 3: Little Black Dress - ASOS | Tan Wedges - H&M
Outfit 4: (same as Outfit 5 above but swap the white cami for black)
Outfit 5: Tropical Black Dress - Primark | White Sandals - H&M

Mix & Match and Wear Day-to-Night Outfits
As mentioned above, only pack clothes that can be worn in a few different ways. Look at a casual outfit that you love - how can you turn it into something that is night time appropriate? Adding a big necklace or heels makes a difference. Your clothes can look completely different depending on how they're styled. It's a challenge; it's like putting together a mini capsule wardrobe. But it's satisfying to have room left in your suitcase for bringing souvenirs or duty free goodies home! If you come across anything you're not sure about taking, just don't take it.

I'm all about planning ahead. I don't feel restricted either, I know I have items that can be swapped around depending on my mood, the weather or the activities we'll be doing. Most of all, don't stress about the clothes you take on holiday. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy your time away. It really doesn't matter if you want to wear the same outfit every day, or if you haven't time for fashion when you're travelling. But I hope this post was helpful to those of you who always find yourselves sitting on top of the suitcase to try and get it to close.


  1. the second tip of halving the number of days is such a good one! i've never thought of it but it's definitely something i need to practice as i'm FOREVER over packing haha. taking pictures is also something i don't do but probably should!

    Absolutely Sarah | Bloglovin

  2. These are great tips, I'm going an a 4 night trip with just hand luggage and idea of a limited wardrobe is daunting but with some planning it should be a fun challenge. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

  3. nice one,thanks for sharing.

  4. Great tips chick! I always try everything on and take photos to see what can mix and match
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin


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