Travelling light; two words which sound so simple in principle but often prove more challenging when the clock is ticking, the case is out and we start finally to focus on our beach holiday wardrobe.
As a fashion retailer in the travel sector, how and what to pack when going on holiday is a live discussion at Aspiga HQ.
Going away is often stressful as the departure date gets nearer; we’re rushing to finish our to do list, be it at work or at home, and we’re often packing for not just ourselves but the whole family. Figuring out what to take on holiday is very often done at the last minute, when, in a minor panic and without much planning for what we’ll be doing once we’re away, we throw in last year’s summer outfits along with whatever we have recently bought and hope somewhere in the mix, it will all come together.
The Aspiga team comes from all over the world and between us we have some experience in travelling light and travelling smart. So what stays and what goes? Here are our top 10 tips for keeping your baggage (and baggage fees!) light:
1. Firstly bags matter! Investing in a lightweight case can save 4-5kgs off your baggage weight. Two wheel bags are better than four. Two-wheeled bags generally have more internal storage space than four-wheelers, so you can take more with you. Expansion bags are great for making sure you have enough space to bring home anything you pick up on your travels.
2. Embrace the bulky! Wear your bulkiest articles of clothing—jackets, sweaters, boots—on the plane, to save space in your suitcase.
3. Plan ahead! Spend a few minutes one evening before you go, thinking about what you felt good in last year and if you can remember, what shoes went with which dress/skirt etc. Drawing up a list, however long or short, is a great way to start the process and can easily be edited once you start packing. If you’re only going for a few days, you could plan your outfits around a colour theme – an easy way of packing less but having enough outfits to wear.
4. Fold it or roll it? Rolling your clothes really does save space—especially when you put them into packing cubes. These also help to show you where you have over or under – packed. Compression sacks are great for squeezing bulky items such as sweatshirts into smaller volume inside your case but they won’t help to reduce the weight of your luggage.
5. Footwear: shoes eat space in all suitcases and the consensus here is that one pair of heels is generally enough. Espadrilles are great for the smart casual option. Two pairs of flat sandals should suffice, especially if one pair can take you from day to night. Our Elite sandalsare inspired partly by this idea
"If rules make you break out in a hot sweat and bring out your inner rebel, then over pack in the lightest weight areas: swimsuits, kaftans and beach dresses are all easy to pack and can be rolled."
6. Pack a swimsuit and sarong in your hand luggage just in case your luggage goes missing the other end. It lessens the pain if you can kick back and have a swim whilst you wait for it to turn up and the sarong can double as a skirt. We have a variety of swimsuit styles to suit most body shapes but if you’re in any doubt, do call us and one of team will help you to find the best style for your shape.
7. Nothing can spoil an evening quite like a blood thirsty mosquito so we always have repellent in our case along with maxi dresses or harem pants for that period around dusk when they can be out in force.
8. Invest in a Fairfx card fairfx.com. These are credit cards you pre-load before your holiday with either dollars or euros which you buy at very competitive rates. It saves time and hassle at the airport and you get a better deal. You can top it up at any time once you’re away and it’s active within an hour or two.
9. Must have toiletries; only take essentials and buy miniatures of your toiletries at the airport if you are going away for less than a week.If you’re going for longer, decant shampoo, conditioner etc into smaller plastic bottles and zip up toiletry bags in freezer bags to prevent spillage.
10. Lastly, and not for everyone, but doing laundry on your trip, even if it’s just in your hotel room sink, is a great way to be able to pack less. If you’re planning to stay in a home rental like an Airbnb, book one that has a washer and dryer.
Final word: if rules make you break out in a hot sweat and bring out your inner rebel, then over pack in the lightest weight areas: swimsuits, kaftans and beach dresses are all easy to pack and can be rolled. They’re versatile, scream holiday and look pretty both in your case and when worn.
We hope you find our tips helpful and if you have any you want to share, please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily post them on Instagram.