The Holiday Edit

What to pack for your next vacation, the carry-on only edition

WHERE — Seville
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

In search of lighter suitcases, easier holiday wardrobes and less travel drag.

As a chronic over-packer, I’m all too familiar with the cruel irony of lugging around a hefty suitcase whilst actually just wearing the same three or four pieces for the entirety of a holiday.

Lining up to check-in at the airport and waiting for your bags on the other end may be the epitome of modern woes. So in an effort to minimise to cut down on travel drag, this year I’m pledging to take only carry-on whenever possible, and basically just pack a whole lot smarter.

My list below is in no way definitive; each to their own of course. But as a general rule of thumb; only pack pieces which you feel good in, are comfortable/fit well, can be washed easily, and most importantly, is versatile (aka can be worn with whatever else you’ve packed).

Nanushka straw hat (similar here), Eres one piece

Your favourite jeans
Ideal for on the plane, nights out, or when you just want to feel like yourself, no piece is more versatile than your favourite denim.

The straw hat
I’ll admit that packing a straw hat is hardly hassle-free. Unless your hat is small (or your suitcase is big), you’ll need to wear/carry it on the plane. But it’s worth the effort for the summer destinations; you’ll wear it more often than not.

A lightweight jacket
Something comfortable, versatile and has a few convenient pockets. A denim jacket is always a winner – and it’s perfect for wearing on the plane.

Your favourite swimsuit
My current go-to is a super minimal (yet flattering) black one piece. Although, truth be told, swimsuits take up barely any room (especially when you roll them into your shoes), so pack there’s no harm in packing a few extras.

The basic white tee
A staple in any holiday wardrobe.

A denim mini
The summer equivalent of your favourite pair of jeans; these will get a lot of air time.

Flat sandals
Comfortable, chic and appropriate for covering serious ground either at the beach or in the city. A holiday is not the time to break in new shoes.

The silk cami
Not only does it take up minimal space, the slinky cami is your go-to piece when you need to get dressed up. Just add a red lip and dainty jewels and you’re done.

You need to choose your footwear wisely, and the traditional Spanish espadrille doesn’t get nearly enough credit. Super comfortable and they look cool with pretty much anything.

The wicker tote
Treat the straw bag like a handbag (which as a bonus means your can hustle a few extra pieces into your carry-on). The straw bag manages to make every outfit feel impossibly cool yet casual, plus it’s perfect for lugging around cameras, books, sunscreen etc.

An easy dress
A slinky wrap dress never goes astray, especially on holiday. Pop a simple white tee underneath or a jacket on top depending on the occasion.

White t-shirt, Topshop mini, wicker basket bag and Toni Pons espadrilles (similar available here)

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