My 2017 Summer Holiday Edit

Packing for a summer holiday can be daunting. I normally struggle with a number of factors but I'm pretty proud to say that for my recent holiday to Greece; I nailed the whole packing malarkey! Because I am so kind (lol) and love to share I thought I'd do a little post on a few top tips for packing for a summer holiday and an edit of the things I took to Kos.

-Tip One-

I went to Greece for 10 days and decided to make sure I had an evening outfit for every night I was there. I like to start with the evening looks when I pack because putting outfits together is my "thing" and when I know I am sorted on the evening front; I can relax and think about my day looks & swimwear. This might seem backwards for most people but I like to know how much of my bag will be left for the more lightweight day wear items after filling it up with evening looks and it also helps me to work out how many pairs of shoes I think I'll need to take. 

-Tip Two- 

I'm a hot person...in regards to body temperature (but I guess I'm kinda cute as well) so the number one thing I look for when shopping for a summer holiday is the fabric type of the garments. Call me an old foggy but cotton or other natural fabrics are your best friend and I try to make sure most of my day and evening looks are made out of cotton. I get really hot and bothered at night, even when the sun has gone down and if you're walking about a city or down the local strip; you want to stay as cool as possible.

Evening Outfits

I packed 10 evening looks for my trip and below is what I took. Some items I took are now sadly out of stock but I have substituted with similar pieces.

-Tip Three-

I tend to re-wear a lot of my day time pieces on multiple occasions throughout the holiday. Make sure you take day time pieces that you can mix and match. 
My summer holiday day time essentials are:
throw on dresses, wide leg trousers, lightweight tops and culottes. If you are going on a beach holiday; you tend to just live in your bikini and cover up so remember this if you start to stress about not having enough day time looks. Think simple!

Day Outfits

For this 10 day holiday I made sure I had 3x beach cover ups, a few throw on dresses, one dropped hem jumpsuit (from Amazon) and a pair of wide leg jersey culottes.

-Tip Four-

Roll.up.your.clothes... so simple yet SO effective. So, I know a lot of you have probably been doing this for years but I have only just started to do it and my goddddddd my life has changed! I ironed a few pieces before I went away and rolling them meant they were still in tact when I got them out the other end!

-Tip Five-

Road test your shoes. I tend to struggle with footwear. I don't know what it is but so many of them rub me or pinch me! Packing for a summer holidays (in the past) has always stressed me out BUT on this occasion I got it spot on. I made sure I travelled in my trusty trainers which I knew would be a) comfortable and b) I'd be able to pair with some of my daytime/evening looks. I packed a chunky pair of sliders which I wore around the house before I went away and they were SO comfortable. I also knew that these black sliders could be worn by the pool as well as with some of my evening looks. For the evenings, I packed a wide fit pair of block heels (cos I don't do high heels in hot countries) a lace up pair of platforms and a denim pair of slip on flats.



The only pieces of jewellery I took on this holiday were statement earrings and my old school chunky wood/plastic rings. I used to love a statement necklace but I didn't take a single one on this trip and I got so much use out of all the amazing earrings I took. I packed one wide brim hat to sling on whilst by the pool and I have to admit...I didn't wear it once. I keep trying to be a hat person but it's just not working!

In regards to bags I took one black cross body bag that slotted easily into my hand luggage, one clutch bag that worked with all my evening looks, one yellow cross body bag which looked great with both my day and evening looks and one beach bag which was my fave item of the whole holiday.

Sunglasses are a must of course! I packed three pairs and borrowed some whilst I was there. I tend to take cheaper highstreet sunnies with me on holiday because I can't be trusted not to leave them in some beach bar or sit on them when I crash out on my sun lounger!


When packing for a summer holiday I always like to take a new bikini top (or ten) and make sure that I pack the pair of high wasted bottoms that I know I love. I live in these high waisted bikini bottoms and I simply make sure I take a number of different style tops to pair with them. They are super high waisted, very supportive and comfortable and I think I've re bought them about 6 times because I love them so much. On this particular trip I did take a few new bottoms though as I knew I wanted to get my tummy out a bit more than usual.

So there we have it! A bit of a long post but I hope you found it useful and gave you a little inspiration for any future summer holidays you might have coming up! 
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