Are you escaping somewhere warm this Australian winter? Maybe you're heading to the northern parts of our country - or you've dusted off your passport and have Bali, Fiji, Hawaii or Europe in your sights?
If you're anything like me, you're probably a tad rusty when it comes to packing. I mean, in our defence, it's not like there have been limitless opportunities for the past two-plus years.
The aim of Styling You The Label has always been to stock our core basics year-round so that you can come here and find what you need, no matter where your flying. We're not quite there yet (thanks stupid virus) but we do have plenty of options for you if you are heading somewhere warm this winter.
We've bundled all the pieces that might help you create the ideal travel capsule into one collection HERE (and they're automatically reduced by 25% at checkout until midnight, Sunday June 19, 11.59pm). No further discounts; no returns.
10 tips for how to pack for a holiday to any destination
1. Check the weather at the destination of the place/places you’re visiting. I use the weather app for this and find that it rarely steers me off course, even working a week in advance.
2. Consider what activities or events you’ll be doing or attending. Whether this swimming, an event or a specific tour or activity, make sure you have outfits to suit.
3. Write down outfit possibilities and start a packing list in advance. I use the notes function on my phone. The beauty of doing this is that I can refer to it when travelling if I forget the combinations I’d planned at home.
4. Put all proposed outfits – including shoes and accessories – out in one place. I like to hang up the clothes to see just exactly how much my list translates to and what I might need to add or cull. I do this a week or so out so I can keep going back to what I’ve selected and make changes before putting in a suitcase. Working from a capsule wardrobe where separates work back with each other is key to creating lots of outfit options for while you’re away from home.
5. The key to a workable travel capsule wardrobe, I think, is keeping to one or two neutral colours. But it’s totally ok if your neutrals are hot pink and red. If they work back with each other and most of what you’re packing, you’ll always have something to wear.
6. Ensure all – or the majority – of packed pieces clothes that don’t crush or need ironing. Who wants to iron while away? Not me. Styling You The Label was created for this in mind – especially for travel.
7. Add in a couple of extra white or black tees for luck. If you have the pants, jeans, shorts and accessories sorted then these are all you need to extend your travel wardrobe.
8. Don’t forget underwear. Seems obvious but there have been many a time I’ve nearly forgotten mine. And then one time I actually did forget. I’d been so engrossed in the outfit-planning mode that I forgot the essentials.
9. Don’t forget the activewear. I don’t leave home without mine – and my sneakers. Exploring somewhere new by walking is one of my favourite things to do.
10. Roll and pack into packing cubes. I’m a huge fan of packing cubes for keeping different types of clothing all in one place, eg underwear, activewear and swimsuits. It makes for a better organised suitcase during your holiday too.
Take a deep dive through the Styling You packing guide archive HERE. I've covered off so many destinations. I hope it helps you to get organised for any future trips.