Although summer is almost over, there’s still time to squeeze in one last beach holiday…or perhaps start planning a winter retreat to the sun!
In any case, reports suggest that we consistently over-pack when going abroad. An article in Smart Travel suggests that some of the reasons for this can be procrastination, using overly large suitcases and failing to plan laundry wisely.
But packing too much is unnecessary, inconvenient and sometimes expensive if you go over your baggage allowance. It’s far better to plan a capsule wardrobe in advance and take a few essentials that can be alternated and styled differently.
Here are six essentials that you need for your next break.
The absolute wardrobe essential for summer. Opt for cool, baggy cotton tees in neutral shades. The odd pattern is OK but don’t overdo it with garish slogans or crazy designs. Darker colours will hide the dirt and can keep you cooler as they reflect body heat away from you.
A few pairs of denim/chino shorts for the evenings and a few pairs of casual sporty shorts for around the pool should be more than enough. Again, neutral hues make them easy to pair with a variety of colours.
You’ll need a few smart pieces for those romantic evening meals. Cuban collar tees are soaring in popularity while Farah shirts such as those seen here https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah/shirts continue to be effortlessly chic. Experiment with patterns if you want to make a statement.
Essential for those long hot days by the pool or swimming in the sea. Find some middle ground between Speedos and knee-length Bermuda shorts if you can – channeling Daniel Craig’s ‘Bond’ short shorts is the aim here.
A simple accessory that you can’t do without on holiday. Make sure you pick a pair that are stylish as well as functional. Wayfarer, aviators or a round vintage style are all on-trend.
Footwear is where you should allow for a little extra baggage room. Of course you’ll want some flip flops for the pool but you’ll also need some more formal sandals or espadrilles for the evening. And should you decide to take any excursions or venture off the beaten track then some trainers might even be necessary. A good idea here to travel in your most cumbersome pair of shoes.