Suitcase Edit - get ready for your holidays
"Vacation: a period of travel and relaxation when you take twice the clothes and half the money you need," some unknown but wise person once said. If you're counting down the days until you jet off to an exotic island, short-hop to a sophisticated European city, or drive away for some fun in the (hopefully) sunshine on our own fantastic shores, it's time to whip out that suitcase! From beachwear to city style, we've taken all the pain out of packing and rounded up the must-have outfits for your holiday, as well as bringing you top tips for fitting it all in…
Debenhams: Oliver Bonas
Staycations are great because there's no weight restrictions on our bags or limits on our liquids , so there's plenty of room to pack layers - which will come in handy with the Irish weather! A layered outfit is a thing of beauty once it's done right - you can always add or take something away if you're dining al fresco, or a chilly wind suddenly rears up in the middle of a romantic beach walk.
Jacket, €87, culottes, €45, both River Island
City breaks are often shorter than your traditional holiday, so we have to be sartorially savvy about what we pack. It's always better to try and just take a carry-on bag so as not to waste precious exploring time in the airport - that means lots of day-to-night outfits. This pretty little dress is perfect - wear it with sandals during the day and replace them with some cool heels in the evening to add height and give you a sexy silhouette. Throw this lightweight duster coat over your shoulders if the nights are cool.
When the thermometer soars and the temperature sizzles, there's no better way to stay cool than by spending a day at the beach. But just because you're relaxing doesn't mean you needn't think about your look - this little ensemble will be perfect for strutting your stuff along the promenade on hot afternoons.
It’s always best to be prepared for the worst and let’s face it, sometimes bags go missing. Make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage. Pack a spare change of clothes — or at the very least underwear and your swimsuit — in there too, just in case the worst happens and your checked bag is lost/delayed.
8 of the best packing hacks
1 It’s always best to be prepared for the worst and let’s face it, sometimes bags go missing. Make sure all your valuables are in your hand luggage. Pack a spare change of clothes — or at the very least underwear and your swimsuit — in there too, just in case the worst happens and your checked bag is lost/delayed.
2 When shopping around for any last-minute clothes, don’t just pick up any old thing that might look summery, pick things that have the same ‘colour story’. Go for prints or patterns, block colours or neutrals all from the one colour palette, that way all of your holiday wardrobe will work together. If you can’t wear something with at least two different pieces, don’t add it to your bag.
3 Make a list or take photos of possible outfits from what you’ve packed. Try to interchange items as much as you can so as to maximise what you bring. This way you won’t be staring into your case for inspiration when you should be out enjoying your holiday.
4 Make use of ‘empty’ spaces, such as shoes and hats, in your case. Roll up your underwear, socks, bikinis, jewellery and other small items and stuff them in to make sure every possible space is filled. This also prevents your shoes and hats from losing their shape.
5 Forget your fancy Louis Vuitton wash bags, Ziploc bags are the way forward for all your toiletries: they take up the least space and will prevent any leakages on your clothes. They are also perfect for holding your chargers, adaptors and headphones — we all have so many wires and gadgets that are easily lost in our cases.
6 Seventy per cent of suitcases on any given carousel are black. So, if you haven’t splurged on the latest polka dot case in the shops, a coloured luggage strap or piece of ribbon tied to the handle will make your black case easier to identify.
7 I never leave my house for a flight without a cosy scarf. Planes are always so cold, plus they can double up as a pillow. Also, hot countries often have freezing air con indoors so it’s always good to have one handy. Alternatively, a tribal print or dip-dye sarong will work well for lying on the beach, covering up by the pool, they can be worn as a long skirt, a miniskirt, a mini-dress, a turban, a wrap... the options are endless.
8 And lastly, the golden rule of holiday packing, lay out everything you think you need to take and then cut it by half. You never use everything you pack — be brutal! Happy holidays!