HOW TO PLAN YOUR VACAY WARDROBE

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This post is sponsored by Kate Spade New York.

Having spent yet another month out of the country in two very different areas of the globe, I had really put my packing tekkers to the test, especially when they told me for the last trip there would be a "sea plane" and there was a chance, if I hadn't packed well, that my suitcase could be left behind and flown over on another flight.

There's nothing quite like a bit of fear to get you packing savvy rather than my usual "if in doubt, pack it all" stance. I don't even want to think about how much I have spent in excess baggage charges over the years.

 

A Bikini A Day

Let's start with the important stuff, swimwear. And if like me, you are a bit of a bathing suit connoisseur, if there is such a thing, then you will want to make the most of the small window you have in which to show off your collection so I always allow myself to maximise on this area of my vacation wardrobe and at the very least, pack a different option for each day of my trip. To be honest, I'd rather spend my life in a bathing suit anyway and don't plan on wearing too many layers as it is so I have no shame in over packing here.

 

Packing Cubes

If you don't know what a packing cube is, it's basically like a pouch that you can use to organise your suitcase. So I have a cube for underwear, a cube for electrical items, a cube for socks, accessories and toiletries etc. This makes the organisation process smoother and much more visual. I can physically see each of my essentials packed into a clear plastic pouch which I strategically place into my suitcase as if it were a jigsaw puzzle. I use clear plastic pouches from Boots however I'm pretty sure there are actual "Packing Cubes", but this method works well for me currently.

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Summer Styles

Much like my every day style, I love the easy of putting together an outfit that looks good with minimal effort. But whilst on vacation you have to also factor in the weight and comfort of fabrics. Crochet, silks, bandaeu and bardot are all styles I opt for when it comes to Vacation packing. This top and shorts two piece from Kate Spade New York is light and airy with breathable Crochet fabrics whilst still maintaining a flattering silhouette. The intricate detailing to the fabric means little else is needed to style up, except for a flower and the new Austin Street Medium Hemsley Bag in white. Shoes? Optional.

 

Beach Beauty

I wish I could get away with beach beauty all year round. I left the natural wave in my hair to do it's thing mixed with the salt from the clear blue water meaning the usual styling tools just aren't essential. And thanks to the sun and warm air, your skin tends to have a glow that you only get from a hot climate. Foundation is lighter, usually a slick of mascara and a good lip colour is all you need, I didn't even fill in my brows half the time. Meaning my make-up bag enjoyed a vacation diet of its own, freeing up more space for bikini's, win!

 

Fresh Fabrics

And finally, the one thing I detest is opening up my suitcase to the smell of, well, a suitcase. That smell you only get from months spent in a damp loft space and that smell contaminates your clothes pretty quickly. So I pop in a couple of Lenor fabric conditioner sheets to keep all my best items smelling fresh. I love the Summer Breeze fragrance for this time of year.

 

What are your top packing tips for Summer Vacay?

Photograhy Ali Gordon

Editing Reece Champman

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41 Comments

  1. Angie Silver 4th May 2017 / 9:34 am

    My husband is obsessed with packing cubes now that he’s discovered them. Bless him! I literally love this two piece, I was already lusting after it from your video.

  2. Mel | mediamarmalade.com 4th May 2017 / 9:37 am

    Love these tips, I’ve never tried the suitcase scent but that is heinous! Your trip looked magical.

    Mel x mediamarmalade.com

  3. Adele 4th May 2017 / 9:57 am

    Such a cute romper set. The packing cubes are such a fab idea. Another great tip is to roll your clothes instead of folding, it totally avoids creasing.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  4. ilenia 4th May 2017 / 10:17 am

    LOVE YOUR OUTFIT <3 and the all posts !!!!!!!!!

  5. Sophie 4th May 2017 / 10:28 am

    I would never have thought about the fabric conditioner sheets but that is such a good idea! Definitely going to give that a go – and the packing cubes too, I used to have a set but really need to pick up some more. You look beautiful as ever – LOVE that crochet set on you!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

  6. Dixi Wonderland 4th May 2017 / 11:13 am

    Can´t believe that you got so much done when you where in the Maldives! This is a big proof that you are working so hard and that makes me wanna work even harder 😀 Beautiful post as amazing Lydia :*

  7. Sophie 4th May 2017 / 12:15 pm

    You look so stunning as always Lydia!?

  8. Kay 4th May 2017 / 3:02 pm

    You’re absolutely beautiful! It would be nice if we can see an actual pic of your luggage for this trip but love your blog still <3

    https://www.myblackcloset.com/

  9. Elise 4th May 2017 / 8:28 pm

    You look so pretty. Packing is actually one of my favourite things. Wish you put a picture of your actually luggage 🙂

    http://www.zekalin.com

  10. Sarah 4th May 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Love the idea of packing cubes! Can I ask what you wore to travel on the plane? You looked so comfy! I need to invest in exactly the same! xx

  11. Liv 5th May 2017 / 8:53 am

    Effortless & minimal. Love it. 🙂

  12. Maren 5th May 2017 / 11:59 am

    The cube tip is pure gold! I will definitely try it when I’m going to Paris in July. Also love the photos, you look stunning <3

  13. Marshalee 5th May 2017 / 1:49 pm

    The all white look is my favorite to wear in the summer months and while I am on vacation. Kate spade always have awesome bags and accessories.

  14. le blonde 5th May 2017 / 3:35 pm

    I just cannot remember when was the last time I went for a proper summer vacations!! your lits is so helpful right now to me, thank you for sharing!

    XOLB
    http://www.le-blonde.com

  15. Laura 8th May 2017 / 10:10 pm

    love the two piece! the smiley picture of you is just gorgeous!!

    Laura | roseandweston.blogspot.co.uk

  16. Tammy Caciola 8th May 2017 / 11:02 pm

    First, I’m a huge fan! LOVE your You-Tube Chanel! Going shopping with you is just the best! 🙂 Such a great post! Love the packing cubes and fabric softener sheets! I’m all about those next trip!
    xxTammy
    http://www.HerStyledView.com

  17. Nasro 9th May 2017 / 2:48 pm

    I’m a visual person and seeing a picture of your luggage would have been great. All in all great blog.

  18. Lisa Autumn 10th May 2017 / 10:09 am

    I so needed this post Lydia, thank you so much!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  19. Caroline 12th May 2017 / 7:04 am

    Hi. I discovered u on You Tube a week ago and have binge watched your VLOGS into the wee hrs of the night. You are completely adorable!! I am so taken w your sweet nature, beauty and style.
    I am a computer idiot and can’t figure out how to comment on ur VLOGS ( my good excuse-I’m 70).
    Just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying you and I’m turning my equally gorgeous and stylish daughter (31 yrs) on to you as well.
    THANKS!

  20. Caroline 12th May 2017 / 7:10 am

    Oops! Sorry- I forgot to make my suggestions for your VLOGS.
    It would be so helpful if each blog was dated.
    Your hair is sensational, but when u try on clothing pieces, it would be helpful when viewing each piece from the front, you would flick your hair back so the top detail can be seen. Just a thought ????
    Thanks!

  21. Gemma 17th May 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Beautiful photos! I love this outfit and great tips on packing for a holiday, especially loved the fabric conditioner sheet idea!

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

  22. Isabella 18th May 2017 / 3:27 am

    This comes at the perfect time Lyds – only a month and a bit until my big European summer adventure (from Australia) and needing a little bit of inspiration and TLC when it comes to packing for my vacay wardrobe. You’re offered me great food for thought in this department! xx

  23. Alisha Ricki 19th May 2017 / 5:16 am

    Great post per usual Lydz!!! One tip for me when traveling to tropical destinations is to pack OFF! in case there are mosquitos. Also, for trips in general I always pack a change of undies, toothbrush, and a top in my carry-on just in case there’s an issue with luggage. My mom taught me that lol
    xo, Alisha Ricki | Life(Style) &Travel,

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