We’ve all done it – packed everything but the kitchen sink for a week in the sun, to then only wear a few items of clothing during the holiday. If this is a dilemma you face each time you go away, fear not – follow the Vintage Life handy packing guide!

Consider your destination and type of holiday

This one is pretty obvious, but it’s worth considering the expected climate of your holiday destination and then only looking at the outfits that are appropriate for this. A holiday to Crete isn’t going to need waterproofs – a week in Devon might. Similarly, think about the type of holiday you are going on, the activities you will be doing, and whether your accommodation has a dress code.

Baggage allowance

Do check your airline’s baggage allowance before you travel – each carrier is different and you don’t want to get to the airport with a 20kg suitcase and there’s only an allowance of 15. Also, on some low cost flights, only cabin baggage is allowed.

Make a list

It’s surprising how easy it is to forget an essential item – make a list of key items such as passports, phone chargers, travel insurance a few weeks before you go an tick or cross off when you have these.

Choose a capsule wardrobe

Not only will a capsule wardrobe save on space but also it ensures that everything in your suitcase will go together – mixing and matching is key.

Some suggestions for a capsule wardrobe include the following:

  • 2-3 lightweight vintage summer dresses, original or repro.

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous vintage dress? They can be dressed up for the evening with jewellery or thrown over a bikini or costume as a cover up during the day.
Tip: choose a breathable fabric such as cotton if heading to a hot climate.

  • A pair of Capri pants

These popular trousers can be dressed up or down and can be paired with a variety of tops and shoes styles.
Tip: Choose a neutral colour that will match easily with other items.

  • A pair of high waisted shorts
    Perfect for most destinations, a pair of shorts will help to keep you cool and, like Capri pants, can be paired with different tops and shoe styles.
  • A skirt
    A pencil or circle skirt will be a versatile addition to a holiday capsule wardrobe.
  • A selection of tops
    Whether you choose blouses, crop tops, t-shirts or Breton tops, ensure that these can be co-ordinated with the selection of bottoms. Again, choose breathable fabrics that will keep you cool in warm weather.
  • Swimwear
    There are some fantastic original vintage and repro swimwear pieces out there and there is something to flatter everyone, no matter their shape. Swimwear is a definite must have for that beach holiday and it can be easy to go a little overboard on the number of bikinis or suits to take. Take 2-3 swimwear sets/suits and rinse out each day.
  • Cover up
    Sometimes it can get chilli during the evenings, especially if you are exposed to a sea breeze. Pack a pretty vintage cardigan or bolero to keep you warm – make sure it will co-ordinate with the other items in your wardrobe.
  • Shoes
    It can be tempting to take lots of pairs of shoes, however usually, only a couple are worn. Pack a pair for the day and one for the evening, and a sturdy pair in case of sightseeing.

These are only a few suggestions of what to take for a week in the sun, so whatever you decide to take, you’ll look glamorous and feel great!

Photography: Jade Berry
Model: Lucie Donlan
MUA: Chloe Netherton
Hair: Mr. Shiltons

Vintage Life Team
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