My Summer Vacation Travel Wardrobe
If you're anything like many of my clients the thought of packing for a vacation is stressful. Do you typically pack too much and not wear many of the items you've taken? Or find you've forgotten items that would have been really useful? Learning what to pack to give you just the right outfits without weighing yourself down takes a bit of practise, but is well worth the effort.
Hopefully, sharing what I packed for my summer vacation in the UK and Europe, together with pictures of the outfits I created, will give you ideas to make packing for your next trip faster, better and less stressful!
You'll need to know:
The weather at each of your destinations. I visited the UK at the end of May/beginning of June (highs between 12C-18C; some of the nights went down to around 9C -- brrr!); Greece, Turkey and Italy during June and July (highs from mid-30s to 42C on one heatwave day!)
Likely activites and events.
Formality level of activities. Most of my activities were casual. However, I did have a few evenings when I went to nicer restaurants and dresed up a bit.
Duration of stay at each destination and how often you'll wash your clothes. I was away for almost 7 weeks in total: 2.5 weeks in the UK; 2 weeks on the boat; 2 weeks in Italy; 4 days in transit. I wanted to wash clothes about every 5 to 7 days.
Something like this is how I suggest you think about what items will be in your final travel wardrobe:
Apart from the waterproof sandals, these purchases were fun souvenir purchases, rather than essentials! One thing to watch with such purchases is that they will actually work for you back home. It's easy to get carried away and buy items that work well on a Greece beach, for instance, but that you won't wear again back home!
In the UK at the end of May and early June I mostly needed lots of layers for warmth! I've just realised my brown textured cape is missing from these photos -- I used it as an additional outer layer over cardigans and on the plane. The photos are in reverse order of when they were taken. The last photo in this section is what I wore on the plane.
As you can see, I took most outfit photos here, mainly because my time in the UK was less about going out and seeing things and more about spending time with family and friends.
(The photos below are on Instagram, so if anything isn't displaying properly please look at them here.
I took less photos of my outfits on the boat. This was partly because I was too focussed on getting on with the holiday, but also because my outfit range during the day shrank to shorts and tees, bathers and cover up. However, we always changed into something nice for evening.
Hmmm...I really had got out of the habit of recording my outfits by the time I got to Italy! It was so hot that I wore the minimum level of layers: shorts or skirt and tees; or tunics; or swimwear and cover up. Again, I always changed for evening -- I do like dressing up a bit for a night out!
The 1 top I didn't wear
I was very happy with the items I took and how they worked out. There was only one small top (shown to the left) that I didn't end up wearing (mainly because I'd intended it as a choice for evening with shorts or skirt, but because I wore those during the day I didn't want to wear them at night as well).
I also wished I'd taken one other light weight day dress -- it had been in my candidate selection, but I edited it out of the final cut! Of course I managed fine without it, but a couple of times I caught myself thinking it would have been nice to wear.
I hope this article gives you some ideas for what and how to pack for your next summer vacation. You might also like this travel packing case study.
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