In a world of baggage allowances and security checks, our travel wardrobes are limited. While the jet setters and frequent flyers have got packing down to a fine art, the rest of us are still unsure about what to bring. With that in mind, here’s what’s high on our packing list, whatever the destination.
A couple of shirts, plain and printed, will never go a miss on holiday. For warmer weather, roll up the sleeves and undo the top button – a little bit of skin never hurt anyone. The biggest benefit of a shirt however: it’s smart enough under a blazer but also laidback enough for a casual look.
A blazer will keep you looking sharp as you depart and when you arrive. It works overtime on the style meets functionality front, thanks to internal and external pockets for keeping your passport, wallet and shades handy. Lightweight fabrics like linen are a must for sunny destinations, while cotton styles are great for colder climates. Throw a blazer on over a T-shirt to bridge the gap between formal and casual, or layer it over your shirt and knit combo for seriously smart.
A pair of sneakers work hard on and off vacation. Save room in your suitcase and wear them on the plane. That way you can also forget swelling while floating in that metal box for several hours. Just ensure your laces are loose for airport security, no one wants to be that guy spending ten minutes trying to get his shoes back on. Speaking of comfort, there’s no better footwear than sneakers to walk from one cocktail hour to the next – did someone say martini?
Leave your hands free and take a backpack, it’s the perfect choice for sightseeing. Forget canvas styles loved by the intrepid travellers - we’re more Bentley than bike – and right now we’re all over luxe fabrics like suede and leather. You don’t have to carry your backpack as hand luggage either, it can be easily flat packed into your suitcase. Meaning there’s more room to a) pick up souvenirs on your travels and b) pack more outfits. Win, win.
Even if your travels take you to warmer weather, a scarf will quickly become your best friend on flights. Look to patterns to upgrade your outfit or go for block colours for more styling options. While a scarf is entirely practical - keeping you cosy, warm and preventing neck pain – it’s also a stylish accessory that’s perfect for in-flight napping.
Base layers are essential for a trip to the sun or snow. Worn alone, they’re lightweight and comfortable but worn together they can be warmer than one knitted piece. Inject a little colour in the form of a printed T-shirt, otherwise you can’t go a miss with a plain white tee. When it comes to packing, roll them up tightly for crease control and extra room in your case. There’s no need for styling advice here, a T-shirt works with everything from shorts to chinos - weather dependant, no less.
When holiday time comes around, there’s no room for denim. Go for slim fit chinos that are lightweight and comfortable for travelling. Plus, you’ve got more colour options to decide from. For longer trips, we recommend packing a pair in your luggage and wearing a pair on the plane. Otherwise, one pair is perfectly acceptable for a short break.