Guide to summer holiday packing

I’m one of those crazy organised people who actually loves packing for holiday; I especially love lying to myself about how many outfits I can fit into a suitcase and still comfortably weigh under 15 kgs.

Since I started my abstinence from new clothes (I’m doing pretty well so far, I’ve bought two new things but I count that as a small relapse) it has changed the way I think about clothes and particularly how much I actually wear.

I don’t know about you but when I’m on holiday, especially somewhere hot, I tend to live in the same bikini and shorts the entire week. With this in mind, I’ve aimed to keep my  packing as light as possible, and tried to only pack the outfits I will actually wear. So this is the contents of my suitcase for 7 days in Spain:

5 pairs of shorts

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Shorts are a holiday fashion staple for me, and have served me through every phase, body shape and are pretty much ‘in’ every year. I’ve packed 5 pairs, three ‘dressier’ denim pairs that I can wear in the evening as well as to the beach, and 2 casual linen pairs that will be handy to pair with swimwear.

Strawberry embroidered shorts – New Look
Stud embellished shorts – Matalan
Pink ripped shorts – Matalan (out of stock)
Tassel linen shorts – Boohoo

White embroidered shorts – Asda

5 pairs of shoes


Shoes are a difficult one for me, because they take up the most room in your suitcase and are the heaviest item to consider. I wanted to try and stick to four pairs of shoes, but I’m taking 5 just incase (you never know when you might want to sling on a pair of heels and feel fancy). I’m taking one pair of espadrilles, which I’ll wear on the plane to the airport and also in the evenings. My Arizona Birkenstocks will be great for the poolside/beach because they are made from EVA which is waterproof and won’t get ruined by sand and seaweed. I’m taking my Dr Marten Clarissa sandals because I literally live in them, and I’m also packing two pairs of ‘dressier’ shoes just incase; one pair of nicer flat espadrille sandals and one pair of wedges.

Embroidered Espadrilles – Asos
Leaf print sandals – New Look

Suede Wedges – (Out of stock, similar here Marks & Spencer) 

4 tops


Tops are another tricky one for me, because I always seem to take too many and end up wearing the same vest for 7 days. I’ve tried to vary the types of top I have packed, and also tried to match them with each of the bottoms. I’ve packed mainly vests but also a t-shirt I can wear as casual daywear and also dress up in the evening. All of the tops are from Next (now out of stock) except the black daisy bodysuit, which was from New Look (now out of stock).

4 swimwear 


Swimwear is thankfully one of the lighter items to pack, which means I’ve managed to justify taking four different options. I’ve packed two swimming costumes, which I prefer wearing to the beach so I get a little less burnt, and I’ve also packed two bikini options for when I want to get my tan on.

Embroidered halter neck costume – Asda
Red textured swimsuit – Marks & Spencers
Leaf print high neck bikini – Marks & Spencers (Out of stock but similar here)

Black crochet bikini – Missguided (Out of stock but similar here)

3 alternative bottoms


As well as shorts, I’ve also packed 3 other bottoms to pair with tops and swimwear. I’ve chosen one pair of cotton lapel trousers and two skirts which should give me plenty of choice to wear in the evenings if I get sick of shorts.

Plaid midi skirt – River Island (Out of stock, similar at Asos here)
Stone midi skirt – New Look
Ruffle waist trousers – Topshop

3 dresses


It took a while for me to learn to love dresses, especially maxi dresses considering how small I am. But I am now officially a dress convert, and I’ve packed 3 of them that can be worn with sandals or heels. I’ve chosen two maxi dresses, the stripy cotton number much more casual than the black mesh one. I’ve also packed a shorter crochet dress which I’m hoping will look amazing once I’ve got a tan!

Stripy maxi dress – Asda
Black mesh maxi dress – New look

White crochet tea dress – Asos

2 cover ups


I pretty much depend on coverups for that daunting walk down to the pool/beach before you have summoned the courage to strip half naked in front of a load of strangers. I picked up the yellow cotton shirt in the Next sale, and I think this will look great over a swimsuit or bikini. The white Grecian style coverup is from Accessorize about three years ago, but is definitely one of my favourite holiday go-to’s.

White coverup – Accessorize (Out of stock, similar here)
Yellow linen shirt – Next (out of stock, similar here)

1 jumpsuit

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To me, jumpsuits are a way to embrace my inner tomboy while still looking fierce. I spotted this orange jumpsuit on Asos and loved the usual sleeves and shape. When it’s on, it looks like a trousers and top co-ord which I really like, and this jumpsuit can be dressed down with my espadrilles or dressed up with the suede wedges.

Jumpsuit – Asos

1 hat & sunglasses


Obviously I can’t travel anywhere without my trusty ray-bans and woven fedora, so they will definitely be making an appearance this holiday. The sunglasses with be carried in my hand luggage, and the hay will be popped on top of my suitcase to ensure it doesn’t get too squished.

Glasses – Ray-Ban
Hat – Zara (Out of stock, similar here)

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