Are you a Last-minute packer? Need to travel light? Hate packing all together? Or all of the above?

Holiday packing doesn’t have to be a chore if you know exactly what should go into your suitcase and there’s good news if you really loathe this part of going away as you only need 10 – 12 items for a good holiday capsule wardrobe – yes, really.

I meet lots of clients who hate the whole packing thing, from choosing what to take, to shopping for all those holiday essentials, to ironing & folding it and getting it to fit into the suitcase and lastly organising all those travel things for the journey.  Going on holiday should be relaxing but sometimes it can seem like a chore!

It’s important to invest in a few holiday essentials, in order to nail the art of travelling light. Because, by ditching your over-stuffed suitcase, you can say bye to hold luggage delays and hello to the that sweet, sweet no bag drop queue at check in – and justify buying the cute weekend bag you’ve been eyeing.

Whether you’re hitting a chic European city for a long weekend or jetting off to the Mediterranean for a few days on the beach choosing the right items for your break is essential as it will save you time & stress.

Top Tips

  • Consider your location – is it a religious country such as Dubai or Thailand, or more of a relaxed vibe like Ibiza.
  • It needs to co-ordinate so consider your colour palette – does it match?
  • The aim is to make the maximum outfits from your 10-12 pieces.
  • What you will be doing during your stay – Travel, daytrips, dresscode?
  • Length of your stay


  1. Classic T-shirts x 2

You can’t go wrong with this wardrobe staple that you can dress down in the day with the bottoms of your choice (it will go with pretty much anything), or jazz up for the evening with colourful accessories. Scoop neck, V-neck, crew neck – whatever style you prefer, a classic white tee is a holiday wardrobe must-have.

  1. The day-to-night dress

Holidays are a fabulous time to get more use out of a new dress that you can wear while out exploring and as a chic evening frock. Choose a statement style that’s appropriate for the day if you’re thinking of wearing trainers, but is easily transformed into an evening look with just a change of shoes, some accessories and your favourite lipstick. Flattering midi to maxi-length dresses are a great way to achieve the day-to-night holiday look.

  1. The floaty shirt

Boho, peasant and flowy blouses were made for warmer climes. Opt for beautiful embroidered styles or lightweight broderie anglaise to keep you cool while you’re abroad. You can team them with skirts or trousers, and go for classic white or something brighter. Perfect with shorts, a skirt or as a beach/poolside coverup

  1. The wide-leg trousers

Jeans are the last thing you want to wear on a scorching day and being away is a good time to try out something different if you practically live in them at home. A pair of wide-leg trousers are the ideal alternative, giving you a relaxed and comfortable look as you take in the sights. Also perfect for travelling in as they are comfy, lightweight and give you plenty of movement.

  1. A versatile skirt

A versatile item in your capsule wardrobe that’s best in a soft material that’s comfortable to wear, this is your opportunity to buy a midi skirt you love that doesn’t hug your legs too much. Just like the day-to-night dress, the midi skirt will work just as nicely for walks along the beach as it does for dining at fine lunch spots.

  1. The flattering swimsuit

It won’t take up too much space in your carry-on but you really only need one piece of swimwear for your holiday and a timeless swimsuit is your best bet. Go for a flattering style that will make you feel confident on the beach or by the pool.

  1. Shorts – Choose a pair that matches your style – considering things like length and colour and material.
  2. The comfy sandals

Comfortable doesn’t have to mean drab and with the right sandals, you’ll look and feel fantastic as you stroll the old town or the promenade. A classic pair of leather sandals will complement an on-trend outfit and protect your feet on those long holiday walks.

  1. The lightweight cover-up

Up your evening and beach style with a lightweight, longline cover-up, duster or kimono that will leave you feeling glam on holiday. Perfect for throwing on over a simple outfit or over your swimsuit when you stop for lunch, this is a versatile cover-up you’ll want to pack.

  1. The wear-everywhere scarf

Wrapped around your neck on the plane, draped around your shoulders during breezy evenings or tied at your waist as a sarong on the beach, an all-round scarf is a godsend on holiday. You can have fun with a colourful number that will complement a plain white tee or black swimsuit, or go for one bold hue with detailing like tassels.

  1. The iconic hat

Protect yourself from the rays while looking incredible with a glamorous straw hat. Wear it on a beach holiday or a city break in whatever style takes your fancy (fedora, panama, boater) – the iconic straw hat never goes out of fashion.

  1. 2 x Handbags – 1 x practical maybe a large raffia one for the day and for your carry on, and 1 x smaller bag for the evening.

So there you have it, my failsafe holiday capsule that should have you covered for every occasion. The important thing to remember is have fun with it, there are no definitive right or wrong things to pack so don’t waste your time and energy getting stressed. If you need any help packing or getting organised for your next business trip or holiday please get in touch.

Enjoy – Natasha