Here at FLANNELS, we laugh in the face of the luggage carousel lottery. When others fear their precious cargo may be lost to the baggage handling enigma, we have (possibly misplaced) faith in airport procedure and frankly, can’t be bothered with the stress. Start your holiday right – with no hassle. This begins long before you’ve even reached the departures lounge: it begins with packing. To help, we’ve pulled together a guide to what to take to some of our favourite summer destinations, stuffed full of must-have items to take with you. Here’s what to pack for your holiday this summer.
THE BEACH ESCAPE
Sand between your toes, a gentle breeze fanning your hair, bronzed skin and nothing but the sound of breaking waves. Heaven. Office-bent beach bums everywhere long for the moment the out of office goes on and the plane touches down on a little slice of paradise. If you’re jetting off for a beachy break this summer, be it a sun-drenched European getaway or a distant tropical island, you want to look the part without actually looking like a castaway. Stay cool in the heat with a Gucci backpack stuffed full of all of your beach essentials. If the plan is to split your time between sea, pool, and beachside bar, the joy of a beach holiday is not having to pack much at all. Aside from swim shorts, Tees and a Cuban shirt, there are only a few other essentials. A slick pair of Gucci sliders (for the few occasions when shoes are actually required – it’s called barefoot luxury for a reason), and a pair of shades.
If you’re in need of some vitamin sea, check out our guide to the world’s best beach hotels here.
THE CITY BREAK
Whether you’re pounding pavements in New York, exploring the labyrinthine passages of Marrakech’s Medina or people watching in Lisbon’s pavements cafes, every city break has a few things in common. Firstly, you’re likely to be moving about a lot (whether you’re sight-seeing or bar-crawling), so a comfortable pair of shoes is of paramount importance. We’d recommend trainers for their versatility, comfort and city-slicker aesthetic, like these by Alexander McQueen. Secondly, you’ll want to pack light. City breaks by their nature are short, spontaneous affairs, and lugging a huge suitcase around the unknown (and probably cobbled) streets of a new city is too much like hard work. Avoid looking like a sweaty, gormless Brit with a two-tonne load and instead, fit all of your carefully selected city break essentials (jeans, shorts, Tees, and a couple of shirts) in a well-made carry-all. Gucci’s GG Supreme print duffle is a timeless classic.
THE OVERSEAS FESTIVAL
The ‘Festival Abroad’ is one of life’s most hedonistic undertakings. From chic, boutique affairs playing blissed-out beats in the noonday sun, to mammoth 24/7 techno meccas on exclusive private islands, they’re a vacation and weekend-long party all rolled into one. For this level of pleasure-seeking, one must be prepared. As with any rave-related activity, what you wear counts – it sets the tone for the day (and night) and needs to be practical. We’d recommend going hands-free with a belt bag – too often has a phone slipped out of a pocket and been lost to the stomping feet of a euphoric crowd. Packing maximum impact with minimum effort, a streetwear-approved cap will also prove indispensable when the sun is high in the sky and you find yourself swaying amidst a sea of bodies to an obscure afro-funk-ambient-dub DJ. Take sanctuary in its shade. When you’ve had enough of the crowds, head over to the VIP area you’ve booked, slip on a pair of Saint Laurent shades and pull up a recliner by the pool for some much-needed R&R.