We’re not about to give you some hackneyed instructions for packing a suitcase (see: rolling and packing cubes). We’re pretty sure you know how to do that already. We are, however, keen to make some chic suggestions about what to pack for your selected summer holiday destination. From sand-between-your-toes and sea-in-your-hair vacations to a romantic city break, these are the things you shouldn’t leave home without. A single word of advice vis a vis the practicalities of packing: be selective. Don’t pack the dress you’ve never worn and were thinking of giving away – you’re unlikely to want to wear it just because you’re on holiday.
THE BEACH RETREAT
Put your out of office on and take your shoes off, before slipping them into these artisanal Chloé sliders. Beach holidays are all about barefoot luxury, but when your shoes are this good, you won’t want to remove them. Ideal for strolls to the nearest pavement café or leisurely lunches at a beachfront trattoria, a pair of easy-to-wear sandals is a vacation must. Aside from swimwear (be it itty-bitty bikinis to reduce tan-lines, or an elegant one-piece), cover-ups and a few summer dresses, the joy of a beach holiday is not having to pack too much at all. Always take a couple of evening looks (you never know where the night will take you), a decent handbag, to keep all of your essentials safe when travelling, and a pair of shades. We’re currently obsessed with these super chic cat-eyes by Saint Laurent. The bigger the frame, the better.
If you’re in need of some vitamin sea, check out our guide to the world’s best beach hotels here.
THE PARTY DESTINATION
Beach clubs in Mykonos where the tans are nut-brown and the beats blissful. Euro-glam trips to Saint Tropez for rosé parties and an A-list crowd. Warm Ibizan nights spent dancing under the stars. Whatever your favoured party scene, make sure you’re dressed the part. Hedonistic summer escapes call for day-time beach-bum attire and a night-time wardrobe of polished pieces. When rubbing shoulders with the jet-set elite, pack a pair of heels with a punch, like these Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, and a glamorous bag such as Valentino’s cult-status VRING. Finish with some sparkle – Ashley Williams’ punk-chic diamante hair clips and earrings are a fashion pack favourite and discothèque essential.
THE CITY ESCAPE
Touch down, early morning, a new city. You’re a bit bleary-eyed from travelling, but you can’t wait to get out and explore. Luckily, you planned ahead. Your Gucci makeup bag is stocked with skin rejuvenating minis to get you prepped and primed for the city sun (including a sheet mask, indulged-in mid-flight), all stowed in your oversized Valentino tote. Whether you plan to amble down Las Ramblas in Barcelona for regular sangria stop-offs, or you’re heading to Porto’s post-card perfect old-town for wine bars, rooftops and seafood suppers, these are your essential on-the-glow pieces. Pavement-pounding sight-seers should invest in trainers or sun-appropriate boots, but those who are more meandering than militant can afford to indulge in Gucci’s espadrilles. Don’t forget your shades.