How to Pack Minimally When Travelling

Create a stylish capsule in minutes

Words by Emma Connell
July 15th, 2016

One of the worst things about heading on holidays is figuring out what to pack, especially when you are restricted to the limited space of a carry-on. Hours are spent squeezing half your wardrobe into a suitcase still to find nothing to wear when you arrive at your destination. Let’s make this year different and eliminate all those last minute woes. Follow our minimal packing guide below to create a stylish capsule in minutes that will have you ready for any occasion.

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Fitted t-shirt

A white fitted tee is undoubtedly going to be one of the most versatile and hard working items you will have in your luggage. The options are endless as to what this top can do. Cover your shoulders under a slip dress, or team it with a pair of culottes for a chic minimal look.

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A black swimsuit is another staple that you must include in your summer wardrobe. This cross strap one piece from Topshop will not only be useful in the swimming pool or breaking some waves at the beach, it will also double up as a top to wear with any trouser, short or skirt of your desire.

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Printed wide leg trouser

Among every packed suitcase should be a printed trouser, preferably wide leg if you want to avoid wearing tight, restraining clothing whilst in hot climates. They are perfect for transitioning from tropical beach babe by day to sophisticated woman by night. Pair these Alice & Olivia pants with your plain white t-shirt or black swimsuit for an on trend look.

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Cover up

It is always good to include at least one lightweight long sleeved jacket in your bag when travelling. We all dream of endless blue skies and tropical temperatures but the harsh reality can be somewhat different upon arrival. This cargo coverup from H&M is perfect to wear over a maxi, jumpsuit, or any spaghetti strapped piece you may have, keeping any cold shoulders from trembling into the night.

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Slip dress

When packing the essentials be sure to include a minimal style, maxi slip dress. Whatever the occasion this easy style solution will pull you through from beachwear to banquet. Wear this dress from & Other Stories with a fitted white tee underneath for more of a casual approach or dress it up with a knotted sandal for fancier moments.

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If you aren’t a fan of showing your pins, pack this versatile all-in-one from Goen J to make sure you are covered from day to night. Use as a perfect cover up at the beach up or add a neck scarf for an extra pop of colour and team with some midi heel sandals for the perfect night time look.

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Off-the-shoulder dress

An off the shoulder dress is a must, just because, well it’s summer and why not allow your neck, back, and chest bask in the sun in this season’s hottest trend? We love this striped version from Mango. If this is a little too breezy for you, though, wear over a jumpsuit or wide leg pants to opt for a cosier look.

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When trekking around in the sun the last thing you want is to trip over cobbles in towering stilettos. Make life easier for yourself by sliding into a pair of micro-heeled mules which will take your look from day to night, plus they take up minimal space in your luggage. Include this duo by Paula Cademartori in your suitcase to add a pop of colour to any outfit.

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Everyone needs a block heeled sandal in tow when packing for an exotic escape. Having the option of dressing up any laidback look will help alleviate the stress of all those last minute swanky soirées that may arise. This pair from H&M will sit nicely with any jumpsuit or dress you’ve packed.

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Nude lipstick

Include a neutral shade in your bag to ensure your lips look great all day long no matter what you’re wearing. This creamy formula from Charlotte Tilbury contains antioxidants that help protect from UV damage and oxidative stress. Apply it sheerly while you lounge at the pool and build up the coverage for a night out along the promenade.

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Tinted SPF

Bourjois City Radiance foundation is the perfect glowing base for you to carry in your handbag. It covers, protects with an SPF of 30 and blurs out any imperfections that you may be faced with on your getaway. It will even withstand the sweaty temperatures of some sunnier climes.

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The importance of keeping hydrated on holiday goes without saying, but the same can be said for the largest working organ in your body – your skin. The searing heat of a sunny day is bound to take its toll on even the most lustrous of skin. To avoid, smooth some Eight Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden over your skin to moisturise and even out the most roughest of patches eliminating any pesky peeling.

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Tinted highlighter

Not all of us have been born with the ability to tan naturally so I have included the next best thing. This tinted, sculpting highlighter by This Works is perfect for taking the paleness away from your washed out limbs, making you feel a little less ghostly and a little more sun-kissed.

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Silk scarf

Keep this multi-purpose accessory close by at all times as the long list of uses for a silk scarf are boundless. This style by Gucci is perfect for all those untameable, fly-away hair moments, brightening up your décolletage, accessorising a bland bag, or simply to use as an eye mask when trying to get some shut-eye.


Mini backpack

Be hands-free and invest in a mini leather backpack to hold all your belongings whilst exploring new cities.

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Last but not least sunglasses. It goes without saying that these should always be included on any planned escape. Whether you’re shielding your eyes from harmful rays or covering puffy eyelids from late night partying stints, make sure you are protected – in style, of course with these Miu Miu shades.

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