Holiday Packing Guide

July 15, 2011

Daily Digest

Holiday Packing Guide

By AnnMarie Proudfoot

If you’re anything like me you’ll be running around the night before your flight like someone possessed trying to figure out what to bring. You then pack, re-pack, lie on the case trying to close it and when you get to paradise, you realise that you forgot to pack a bikini!

Fear no more because I’m going to give you some essential tips to make your packing smooth sailing. Don’t try and bring every stitch you own – you only need some core outfits that can be dressed up or down.

Firstly, with the new luggage restrictions it’s worthwhile investing in one or two lightweight suitcases because we all know the dreaded phrase at the check-in: “your bag is overweight”.  Check out a good range of lightweight luggage on

Ok let’s start filling our new case.

A key tip is rolling your clothes instead of folding them, this helps reduce creases and maximises space.  Roll full outfits together so you don’t end up ransacking your bag on the first day.

Try to keep trousers and ¾ lengths neutral or white so they can easily go with a variety of tops and jewellery.

My general rule of thumb is 2 or 3 tops to every pair of bottoms.

Skirts – Look for a versatile maxi skirt that can be worn as a skirt or dress in the evening and then later in the holiday demoted to a beach cover-up. For more cover-up and Kaftan ideas, check our Kaftans article for suggestions.

Dresses and more dresses – They are a great item to bring on hols because you have your full outfit nearly covered in one hit! Be careful with the fabric you choose as you don’t want to spend your holidays sweating over a hot iron. Jersey is a great option as the creases fall out – the “Convertible dress” from is a holiday must-have. They will post to Ireland but you may be charged at customs so don’t go overboard!  I love this dress, it can be worn in 10 different ways and comes in 7 colours.

Bikinis – They are small and light and can be squeezed down the side of your case so you can afford to bring a few. Tankinis are also handy as they can double as a top. 

Sarongs and Kaftans – Sarongs come in very handy to lie on the beach, put on your sun lounger or use as a towel when you forget one! Kaftans – can be worn over your bikini heading to and from the beach but can also double up as an evening top with your linen trousers.

Shoes – 4 pairs of shoes should see you through from ´dusk till dawn´. Killer Wedges, cute pumps in metallic or neutral colours, fierce gladiator sandals and the all-important flips flops. Make sure at least one pair are comfortable enough to go walking around in e.g. for exploring a new city by foot, a long walk etc.  You don’t want to end up with blisters!

Outerwear – Pashminas are great for those evenings with a chill in the air, also a good one to have on the plane if you get a little cold.  Also take a cardigan and light weight jacket – just in case.

Underwear  – Keep to neutral colours so they can be worn under anything. OK, go on then, maybe bring one or two specials too!

Hats – I really like the reversible sunhat option (two for the price of one). You can pick one up in stores that carry the ‘Roxy Surf wear’ range.

And last but we won’t say least – Accessories:
Chunky bracelets and necklaces. They look great with linen and also are not too delicate for travelling. Pack any valuable jewellery in your handbag. Also, a good idea is to wear the bulky or delicate items while you travel.

Sunglasses – if they are expensive bring a hard case to protect them while you travel.

Under 100 ml Travel Containers

P.S. Remember to get some travel cosmetics containers and put them in re-seable plastic bags. You don’t want a case of the “exploding shampoo bottle”! If you only have onboard luggage, then pack your liquids (under 100ml) before getting to the airport –this will save hassle & stress!

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8 Responses to “Holiday Packing Guide”

  1. Carmel Says:

    Editor, fab tips on holiday packing, especially re tankini serving as a top and the convertible dress! Just wish I had read them before my hols! Will memo self to read your advice before next trip.

  2. Jenny Says:

    Am holiday packing this evening in a hurry – have printed out your guide, will be such a help!! Thanks!! :)

  3. Watch Free Movies Says:

    your blog was on yahoo hot topics top 10 and i thought id check out the website. I read the whole article on your site and i must say that me and my husband loved reading your post. We bookmarked your website for future reference. Thanks alot – Betty

  4. Pearl Says:

    Some great tips here. I’m going away next week and will be rolling my clothes from now on!

  5. AnnMarie Proudfoot Says:

    Hi Pearl,

    Glad you like the tips. Do, you’ll fit lots more in.
    Enjoy your holiday!


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