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Beat baggage allowance

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!

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Bex is our resident fashionista and will be sharing with you coverage of the Fashion Industry from her very own point of view with some cheeky tips and inspiration along the way.

15 Comments

  1. Brilliant post – very informative! I know my mum uses some of your tips already, but I’ll be sure to pass on the rest 🙂

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  2. Good Ideas, i’ll pass these on to my friends 😉

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  3. Great post will be testing the ideas out next time i go away, thanks

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  4. Some good tips will try them next time I go away, you never know might not be over my allowance. Thanks.

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  5. Love your taste in clothes, shoes & accessories. You look fab in your pictures, will definately be buying some of these items myself. Thanks! 🙂

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  6. fantastic, I try & roll everything in, but will now try your ideas, will share with family & friends. 🙂

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  7. Loving the ideas, i will use this for my holidays.

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  8. Brilliant post, really informative- I love how you’ve shown the skirt as four different outfits too! I always pack way to Much and have to sit on my case to shut it :-/ x

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  9. Thanks for all the comments everyone 🙂 really appreciate it!X

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  10. See I end up packing 20 dresses because I’m rubbish at mix&matching- this little article is getting printed out and taken on a shopping trip!

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  11. Great ideas Bex, thanks. I’m off to Italy too this summer so I’ve bought some travel size shampoo, toothpaste etc – that way I wont be bringing them back with me, more room for anything I buy while I’m away! 😉

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  12. Thank you Bex, I am in the process of sorting my holiday wardrobe and you have given me some great tips to follow. I think I’ll leave out the shorts though, or I’ll scare the rest of the holidaymakers away! A tip for packing – put all your shirts and T-shirts on top of each other and then fold them all at once – saves on the creases. PS Love your brown shoes.

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  13. Awesome post… look forward to reading your next one… tips wise – reading the wrong side of the scale unintentionally worked for me, was 5kg under 🙂 and you can always buy more clothes when you get there? and put them sneakily into a non fashionista friend’s luggage? haha otherwise maybe a pair of sparkly/jewelled flip flops to take you from day to night and the clothes you fly out in, you can air and wear them on the way back… or go on holiday with people the same size as you and can always do a bit of swapping? x x x

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  14. Really helpful – will definitely help me pack for my holiday! 🙂

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  15. So love your tips! Travel light but be fashionable.

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