Well, I bet this is not the summer we all thought we would have this year. My family and I had planned to travel to Australia via Singapore, but with everything going on, going abroad was completely out of the question in case we got stuck. Staying at an Airbnb or hotel within the UK was not an option either – call us pessimistic but we didn’t want to risk it. When a friend we hadn’t seen in a long time offered us her home in Norfolk as a base for a little getaway, we jumped at the opportunity. We have decided to make a week of it, spending the first half in sunny Norfolk for a glorious beach getaway and the other in Bristol with my husband’s family for a city break.
Packing for any holiday can be stressful. Long gone are the days of lugging heavy suitcases around only to wear a couple of things. Having learnt the hard way, I have overtime picked up a few tips along the way that make the process more enjoyable and efficient. Below are my top 5 tips for packing light:
- Create a packing list working your way from day to night, taking into account location, weather and planned activities during your holiday. Edit your list significantly to essential items only. Don’t forget to include your travel documents! Ps – a raincoat is essential in my opinion particularly if you are staycationing in the UK.
- Pick colour palettes that complement each other. For this trip, I will be sticking to a monochromatic palette which made packing and getting dressed easy.
- Create a holiday capsule by choosing pieces that are versatile and will work well together to create multiple outfits during your time away. Ensure each item of clothing earns its place in your suitcase.
- Pack a variety of shoes – but not too many. Shoes are bulky and heavy and will require some thought to keep your what you pack to a minimum. As a rough guide for city and beach breaks, I tend to stick to one brown or black pair of heels (usually a wedge) for evenings out, a pair of classic white trainers or plimsoles for walking, a pair of brown or gold open-toed sandals that can be worn with any outfit and a pair of flip flops for the beach.
- Accessorize and have fun with sunnies, jewellery, scarves, belts and hats. Each item can considerably change the look of an outfit and as a bonus they don’t take much room or add much weight to your luggage.
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