I’ve just returned from my amazing summer holiday to Sicily but what a nightmare travelling was! Both my flights there and back were cancelled, and the airline is only compensating the cost of the flights, not the luggage. I’ve just read that lost luggage claims have gone up by 30% so I would strongly advise people to travel light! Take 10kg on board as hand luggage so your luggage is never out of sight, trust me it’s not worth the drama.

So how do you pack light? Is it even possible to pack in a week’s worth of clothes in a small suitcase? Absolutely, it’s easy when you know how. A holiday capsule wardrobe will include:

  • 3 to 4 bikinis or swimsuits (light in weight and easy to wash and dry)
  • A couple of Kaftans/cover ups (light in weight)
  • A couple of pairs of shorts
  • 1 skirt
  • Vests and Camis
  • 3 to 4 dresses
  • 1 pair of heels
  • I pair of flipflops/sandals

The key is to plan. Most of the time we pack heavier because we pack our entire summer wardrobe, thinking we ‘might’ wear it, so we throw it in. But be honest with yourself, do you ever wear all of what you’ve packed?

When you plan properly you will see that you can mix and match all the above. The shorts and vest you’ve packed for the day, can be teamed up with a Cami and your pair of heels for the evening, as can that pretty dress you wore with your flipflops during day. That one shoulder swimsuit can be worn as a sexy bodice with that skirt for a night out. These items can all be handwashed in your bathroom sink and be ready to be worn the next day.

It’s all about getting creative. See how you can mix and match with your few favourite must have items. I would definitely say they have to be items you love to wear though. Your holiday is something you’ve been looking forward to, and the clothes you pack should excite you too.

And let’s face it, when you travel light it’s an excuse to shop whilst you’re out there, what’s not to love? With the money you save on adding luggage you can buy a pretty dress that will always remind of your amazing summer holiday, what’s not to love? 

Nisha x