Vacation packing tips
Packing for travel can be tricky. You want to be comfortable during the journey and still have everything you need when you arrive at your destination, all without filling too many suitcases. Pack cunningly and you’ll be prepared for anything, and still have room in your case for souvenirs.
Take a tip from the fashionistas and bring a capsule wardrobe. All this means is packing clothes that all go with each other, and can be worn in more than one situation. For instance, a shirt might be comfortable to wear with jeans in the daytime, but look smart when dressed up with a skirt and a necklace for evening wear. Be strict on yourself: do you really need more than one party dress?
For hot countries, you might get excited at the prospect of needing nothing more than a swimming costume, shorts and a couple of strappy tops. It might still get chilly in the evenings, however, and you may also want to expose you skin to the sun gradually, and cover up if you get burned. Pack some light, long sleeved wear as well, and it could also come in useful if you fancy dinner at a smart restaurant. A hat with a brim that goes all the way round your head will keep the sun at bay, and some can be rolled or folded for transport.
Do make sure you have appropriate clothes for any sites you plan to visit, as religious buildings in particular may have rules about what to wear. For women, a skirt and a long sleeved shirt, or a scarf to cover bare shoulders, is usually all that’s required to show respect.
A good way to make sure you have the right clothes whatever the weather is to pack plenty of light layers, so you can add or remove a shirt, cardigan or coat as needed. Clothes that fold up small, and don’t need ironing when unfolded, are even better.
For traveling and sightseeing, women’s and men’s shoulder bags are a really useful item. During the journey, they’re ideal for keeping money, passports, books and music players to hand, and they’re also easy to carry around while exploring. As well as essentials like your camera, water bottle, guide book and sunglasses, they can store those extra garments in preparation for a change in temperature during the day.