Beat baggage allowance
I’m jet setting to the beautiful city of Naples this summer, next month in fact! And half way through my fantasies of strolling along the sea front, in and out of sweet little market stands and spending my nights in chic clubs whilst being dressed like a goddess, it hit me. ‘Baggage allowance’.
So after freaking out for a little while, I pulled myself together and compiled a list of essentials – which was surprisingly short.
I then stood in front of my wardrobe in despair as I have about 5 million of each essential.
The only way I could possibly tackle this issue of ‘baggage allowance’ would to be really brutal with myself, after all, I’m only actually in Naples for a week. That’s 7 days and 6 nights, so 13 outfits right?
It sounds like a lot, but that doesn’t mean 13 completely different outfits whereby you can’t wear the same things once. It means you bring items that you can mix and match.
Now, this is just what I’d suggest purely on what I’d feel more comfortable in, so obviously what you’d class as an essential for a trip to Italy may be different for you, but I hope this helps nonetheless!
Three pairs of shorts – not only are they your best bet for the day because they’re comfy for walking around in and you’ll catch the sun, but with a pair of heels and a blouse they can work just as well for the night-time too.
Two skirts – great for looking girly and showing off your tan for anytime or occasion.
Two blouses – brilliant if you’ve caught the sun a bit too much but still want to keep cool during the day, and as already mentioned, with a pair of shorts or a skirt they look really chic on a night out. Try to pack blouses that are quite different from one another because it’s pointless packing a white blouse, and then a slightly off-white blouse – it takes up treasured space in your suitcase!
Four vests – these are perfect as they go with just about anything. Again, make sure you pack vests of different colours and styles so you’re not just wearing white vests that look identical in every photo!
Two dresses and one playsuit – playsuits can be made casual for the day, and glamorous teamed with a pair of heels for a night out. I think the two dresses speak for themselves; you want to be getting your gorgeous sun-kissed legs out whilst sipping cocktails – what’s the point on going on holiday otherwise?!
Two pairs of flat shoes and two pairs of heels – go for a black pair and a white/grey pair of each. If I could have my way and baggage allowance was a little more, I’d be saying three pairs of each purely so you could add a bit of colour to your shoes, but black and white/grey go with nearly all outfits, making them fantastic colours when you’re trying to pack lightly!
Bold jewelry and sunglasses – opting for more eye-catching jewelry means you can really change a look from day to night. For example adding feather earrings and a metallic cuff to a pair of shorts, you automatically look like you’re ready for a night out. And I don’t really think I need to explain the need for sunglasses!
And of course, a bikini and a kimono for when you’re too hungover to do anything but sunbathe..
Here’s an example of how you can make 4 outfits out of one skirt.
If you have any tips or routines that you live by when it comes to packing efficiently then I’d love to know!