Anyone else stuck in the same beach holiday style rut? Packs too many bikinis and heels that never get a look in? Today Hong Kong based Sheryl from Make My Wardrobe Work, shares her tips on what clothes to pack for a beach holiday!
In the years BTK (before the kids), I travelled frequently for both business and pleasure. I was smug about how I had got packing down to a fine art… and then my new reality hit. At first, I was so ill prepared that the first trip with my baby resembled that Peppa episode where Mummy Pig packs the entire house. Thankfully I can now confirm that you do not, in fact, need to take two full suitcases for a weekend in Macau.
We all (hopefully) know what our own children need, so I’ll leave that to you, but I’m going to share my top tips on what to pack for yourself. Ideally, you want to avoid the scenario when, on Day 2 of your holiday, you realize you have nothing left to wear, while your children model new ensembles twice a day.
- SWIMWEAR: it’s small so you can afford to take a couple of options, (reversible gives you even more choice). Remember: this is not your 1998 Ibiza trip- you do not need two different bikinis every day!
- KAFTAN: long enough to double as a sun dress. Essential when the sun is too strong, or when you don’t think lunching in your bikini top is quite as appropriate as it was in the days when you were haggling for free shots.
- A good sized COTTON SCARF: this works as sarong for the beach, a cover up when visiting any religious buildings, and you can wear on the plane when it gets a bit chilly.
- MAXI DRESS: this is your numero uno piece- universally flattering, preferably in a colour or print (for many women black is not as forgiving as they think). Choose one that you can wear casually around the pool, or accessorize for dinner. Add in an extra sundress to see you through the week.
- SHORTS: denim or chino-esque, these are key for mixing and matching with a casual vest (take a few, small and easily washable if needed) for daytime, and pair with a fancier top and a statement necklace for the evening.
- FLIP FLOPS & SANDALS: yep, that is it on the footwear front. Sorry ladies. A pair of fancy, or coloured, sandals that can be dressed up or down will go with everything. Come on, who really wears the two pairs of heels they packed?
- TRAVEL IN TROUSERS: Woven joggers, lightweight wide legs, or capri’s all fit the bill. Not only are they ideal if you are covering up on a sightseeing trip, but perfect paired with another fancy top for dinner.
- PACKING: if you are packing a hat and don’t want to wander around the airport wearing it, pack it upside down in your case, filled with your underwear and swimwear to protect the shape. When packing, to avoid creased clothes, always roll, never fold. Finally, always put a swimsuit for you and your family in hand luggage so, even in the worst case and you arrive before your bags, you can still head straight to the pool and worry about the rest later.
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