In this world, there are two types of travellers – those who pack light, and those who do not!
Falling miserably into the latter category, I am (sadly) one of those who cannot bear the thought of travelling with just two pairs of shoes, but after many, many trips with exceptionally heavy suitcases, I think I finally have my packing down to a fine art.
So what does one pack when going away on holiday? Well of course that depends on where you are going, what the temperatures are going to be like, and how long you are going to be away for, but with plenty of mix and match items that can be layered up (or down), it is easy to pack light –ish!
City breaks are great fun, especially during the winter months, and if you are lucky enough to be whisked away on a romantic trip to Salzburg, New York or Cape Town, then smart casual is key. Mix and match layers always work well, and while comfort is paramount during the day for your city tour, you can really spice it up at night as you hit the local nightlife.
Beach holidays are easy, swimwear and flip-flops for the day, light colourful clothing for the night, and again, if you mix and match items you can get through a week with a handful of well-chosen pieces and three (cannot do two!) pairs of shoes.
Packing for a cruise holiday depends entirely on the cruise line you are travelling with. Luxury cruise lines such as Regent have a more smart casual approach during the day and a more formal dress code in the evening, which is perfect for those who like to dress up. Royal Caribbean on the other hand, has a far more relaxed dress code during the day, and most people dress smart casual in the evening. Swimwear, sportswear (for the gym), casual clothing for days in port and a selection of evening attire is all one needs for a cruising holiday.
Heading off on a South African safari does not mean you have to dress like Indiana Jones, and while many enjoy dressing in traditional safari clothing – please resist wearing it on the plane to Cape Town! Early morning and late evening game drives can be rather chilly, so layers, a warm jacket or fleece and comfortable shoes are all you really need.
I would love to hear any packing tips and tricks from other travellers, and in the meantime, I will stick to the catchphrase I came across some years ago:
“When packing for a trip, lay out all your clothes and all your spending money on the bed. Then pack half the clothes and take twice the money!” It seems to work for me!