The Art of Packing for the Holidays – Have You Mastered it Yet?

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.

The Art of Packing for the Holidays – Have You Mastered it Yet?

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 next spring, 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.

The Art of Packing for the Holidays – Have You Mastered it Yet?

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 an African Safari adventure 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, but 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!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. josiesvoice says:

    When I go for trips, I try as much as possible to bring old clothes/underwear so after one to a few uses, I can just discard them and make more room in my luggage for new things that I can bring back home.

    1. Equatours says:

      That’s a great idea josiesvoice! I’ll try that next time. 🙂

  2. Jane Sadek says:

    I love the picture. I followed the two shoe rule for a two week holiday in England – a sturdy pair of navy espadrilles and a pair of red strappy heels. Towards the end of the trip in a rainy London, the espadrilles fell apart and all I had left was the heels. Thankfully, only one day was left on our tour and somehow the red high-heeled sandals made it through the day. On the flight home, I wandered around in my socks. Nowadays I pack lots of shoes and underwear, because I also discovered on that trip, that when the weather is damp, those underwear you washed in your bathroom sink are NEVER going to get dry.

    1. Equatours says:

      Haha! Yes, the British weather can play havoc with espadrilles Jane! Glad your red heels managed to hold out.
      Passport, credit card, shoes and underwear – you don’t really need much else.

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