WHAT TO PACK FOR A EUROPEAN HOLIDAY
Generally speaking, for me summer in Europe is all about bright colourful prints, flowy dresses, bright whites, light silks and soft linens. I always split my outfits up into specific destinations and match them back to that city – not every location suites bright-tropical-fruity-printed-dress-with-matching-headscarf.
Now depending on the destination and shopping capability at said destination will depend on how much luggage room to allow, because wherever you go you want to bring a little piece of it back with you. If you go to Spain you want to bring back a pair of espadrilles, if you go to Italy you want to buy a brightly printed silk head scarf and if you go to Greece you want to buy a pair of Greek sandals – I could go on, but you get the idea. Don’t, however, fall into the mistake of not packing enough and discover when you arrive that all of the shops have launched their Autumn Winter collections and it’s 30 degrees outside. It is a fine balance of covering your bases and not putting too many expectations on all of the things you may add to your collection. It’s always the one thing you desperately need that you cannot find. I have learnt this the hard way and often end up buying Winter pieces that I don’t actually wear until I get home.
With all of that in mind, to the actual packing. Your edit needs to be stylish, versatile, easy ironing and not too bulky and able to translate from day to night, beach to bar and stylish yet comfortable for your travel days. Sound impossible? It’s actually really easy.
My staples include;
-Light maxi and mini summer dresses, I love light cotton and silk fabrications. Try to get a mix of staples in black and white, but also mix in some colour with some Summery prints.
-A variety of staple tops that can be worked back with different bottoms – think white and grey marle tees, black and/or white strappy tops and a couple of loose shirts.
-Flowy maxi skirts, a great pair of palazzo trousers, a couple of great miniskirts and shorts.
-Brightly coloured bikinis/one-pieces, you can never have too many options for a beach destination.
-A light cardigan or jumper for chilly nights (depending on your destination you may need to up your ‘warm clothes’ game.
-A staple pair of jeans for a cold change or travel day.
-Comfortable but chic sneakers and sandals, I walk my way through cities, so comfort is high on the priority list for these.
Build on this to complete your pack with some fun options which can be easily paired back. Once you have that down pat, it’s time to consider accessories. For a trade-off of minimal space in your luggage and very little weight accessories can be sliced into outfits to lift the overall look or to completely change it – hello two for the price of one. I always rely on printed scarfs, a great boater hat and copious amounts of jewellery – from fine necklaces that can be layered to beautiful oversized earrings. I tend to pack a couple of bag options, you can never go wrong with a great-little-black-bag but I also like to have some fun options in the mix too. I prefer smaller bags with just enough room for the essentials which have a long shoulder strap.
And just like that, your suitcase is probably 89% full!