With the excitement of a summer holiday, the last thing you want to be worried about is what you’re going to wear and what to pack, instead you should be focusing on sun, sea and sangria.
That’s why today, we’re offering a pro packing guide that will mean you’ll no longer have to dread packing or leave everything to the last minute. From stylish luggage inspiration to the perfect cover up for lazy days on the beach, we’re here to help quash your travel packing dilemmas for good.
Firstly, you’ll need to have a faithful travel companion for carrying all your essentials, so consider investing in a sturdy bag that’s practical and stylish. To make packing more organised, we’d suggest cosmetic and make up cases that will make finding your life-saving foundation or mascara that little bit easier. Not only will your make up bag look great on vacation, but it can double up as an elegant accessory for use at home, too.
Of course, your luggage isn’t just limited to your carry on bags for the plane - you’ll also need to think about other accessories like a beach bag and that all-important evening bag for nights out.
If you’re worried about space, opting for a day bag that can also masquerade as a beach bag will satisfy both needs, while a compact clutch or smart satchel that can be neatly stowed in your hold luggage for dressier occasions will be a versatile wardrobe addition for a chic and sophisticated ensemble. You can save on space even more by using your beach bag as hand luggage?
Consider the essentials
From a beach cover up that you could wear at the poolside at a luxury Lanzarote villa to a maxi-dress that seamlessly transitions from beach to bar on a Greek island getaway, getting your wardrobe essentials right is key to honing your packing skills. Not only will you save space, but also you can be sure you’ll wear every outfit you take, too.
For items that are likely to be holiday wardrobe staples, it may be worth splashing a little more cash to ensure their quality and give you a fabulous outfit that will last for more than one or two wears and won’t end up in the landfill. To maximise wearability, opt for versatile styles and neutral colours to ensure they’ll match a variety of shoes, outfits and accessories. For instance, a dress or jumpsuit that looks equally at home on the beach as it does in a swanky restaurant will mean you can transform from day to night attire at the drop of a hat.
The same rules apply with your accessories. Pick neutral coloured scarves, shoes and bags to ensure they go with all outfit selections to save on suitcase space. This means you can still travel in style without having to compromise on leaving your favourite pieces behind.
For jewellery and accessories, sticking to one colour theme can be a great way to make sure you always look coordinated, whether relaxing poolside or sampling local cocktails of an evening.
When packing or on the go during your holiday, we’d always recommend using a jewellery travel case to prevent items from getting tangled or lost in transit, as well as saving space in your handbag or suitcase. Take it to the next level and coordinate accessory travel cases with your luggage or beach bag for a truly sophisticated and timeless look.
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From investing in the essentials to coordinating your luggage, there are endless ways you can pack like a pro to ensure a smooth-running trip and effortless style this summer - and we hope this post gives you plenty of tips to help you achieve this.
Nick Ball is Marketing Manager at Optima Villas and has lived on the island of Lanzarote since 2001.