I’m going on a month-long trip soon, I can’t actually reveal the details just yet so I’ll save that for a future blog post but I’ve been looking at what to pack on such a long trip. I don’t want to spend too much of my holiday doing laundry, plus there won’t really be time. Here are some tips for packing for a long holiday.
The capsule wardrobe
This is all about creating new outfits from a few items of clothing. I tend to do this with skirts that can be dressed up or down. I’ve got a few skirts that I can wear with a t-shirt and Dr Martens that will also work with a sparkly shirt and heels for a night time look. That sparkly shirt would also work with a blazer, jeans and a pair of boots for a smart day-to-night look.
Instead of thinking about a dress for day one a skirt/top combo for day two, plan your outfits and how you can mix and match different elements to save some space.
I’ve stressed this in the past that great basics can improve the lines of your outfit, keep you comfortable while travelling and add a touch of class to your wardrobe. I think a lot of people underestimate good quality t-shirts and tank tops. Invest in some good basics that can be worn under clothes, tucked into skirts, over other item and so on. These tees and tanks can also be rolled up small to fill those gaps in your suitcase.
I don’t really like travelling in a skirt and tights as it’s a bit of a faff, which is why I love comfy trousers. I’d travel in my pyjamas if I could but that’s not always possible and wearing just leggings is a massive no-no. So, I’ve got a few really good pairs of trousers that I wouldn’t be without and they looked good dressed up or down. Wear these trousers with flip flops or trainers for your flight then use them later in the trip with heels for a chic look.
Think about the weather
If you’re travelling to Mallorca then summer clothes and one or two light cardigans should be sufficient. If, for whatever reason, it does get chilly, you can either buy something while you’re out there or layer up.
Think about the travel
If you’re road tripping (which is what I’m doing, being a road trip journalist and all!) then you’re going to need clothes that are easy to drive in. For most people this means flat shoes, loose clothing and sunglasses! A road trip also means that you don’t have to worry so much about luggage, especially if your road trip starts from home. As long as your luggage fits in your car of choice, you don’t need to worry about weight limits!
Plan laundry stops
If you’re backpacking or are really stuck for luggage space on your long trip, get familiar with the facilities at the places you’re staying. Most will have a laundry room and if not, there will be a nearby laundrette.
Watch this space for my trip announcement. I can’t wait to tell you!