The cold weather is here which means that we’re all pretty much super eager to see the back end of it already. Alas, reports every year always say that a British winter is going to be especially cold. But you can cheat the weather by escaping for some winter sun! I recently got back from Morocco where it was a lovely 22 degrees. The year before I escaped to LA for some sun (but then I quickly moved on to Tahoe for some skiing, I really love skiing). The year before I was on a Caribbean cruise whilst the frost settled over the UK. I’m incredibly, incredibly fortunate to be able to go away to such amazing places and because of it I know just what to pack for them.
Wear: Comfortable Clothing
A long-haul holiday is just that….looooong haul. As such, you’re going to be spending more hours than you might like up in the air. While there’s nothing you can do about how long the journey takes, you can take steps to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible. For your flight, make sure you’re wearing clothes that are light, soft, and which are unlikely to become uncomfortable when you’re 40,000 feet in the air. Don’t worry about looking good, or smart. No one dresses up for flights anymore.
I always vary between being way too hot or way too cold on an aeroplane. So I like to weat a loose fitting vest top (one that I may wear to the gym) underneath all my clothes. Then pop a baggy sweater on top and bring a big scarf that can double up as a blanket. If I’m too cold then I can easily get warm and if I’m too hot I can easily take off layers. Sometimes the A/C on flights is a bit whack and it can be difficult to guess whether your plane is going to fall on the cool or hot end. It’s better to be prepped for both.
Back to Summer Mode
At the moment, you’ll be all about the scarfs, hats, coats, and woolly jumpers, but they’re going to be of no use to you when you’re exploring all the natural beauty and excitement of somewhere like Australia’s Bondi Beach. If you’re going to head back to summer, then you gotta think like summer. That means loading up on flip-flops, t-shirts, shorts, and bikinis. Though you might want to throw in at least one jumper, just in case the night decides to get a little chilly.
I brought a lot of summer clothes to Morocco but because Essaouira is a beach side town I also brought some hoodies and zip ups to wear as it got quite cold in the evenings. Places like L.A and Vegas also get freezing at night, so check your weather before you pack.
In summer; you never really sit still, and you’re never really indoors. As such, you’ll want to add those items of clothing that will allow you to transition from the beach to the bar with barely a moment’s pause. Check out the collection of maxi dresses on The Iconic, and you’ll have a summer go-to that’ll look equally at home in a cocktail bar as it will strolling the promenade. You’ll want to pack a few different types of footwear so you can change the feel of the dress, too.
I like to pack things into certain sections: ‘Daytime/Beach’ ‘Evening Wear’ ‘Swimwear’ ‘Undies. That’s pretty much it. But I do find that when I get to a place and unpack I’ll be blurring the lines between what I thought I’d wear on the beach and what I thought I’d wear to a dinner out. Having pieces that you can wear for more than one occasion is a great idea and will save you space in your bag to go shopping and bring clothing back!
A big part of a holiday is tasting the best food the area has to offer! This means that you could be going to fancy restaurant at least once on your travels. Make sure you pack at least one nice dress and maybe some heels for those nights when you really want to go big. I’d also try and make the heels (if you bring them) fit in with another section that I like to pack. For example, the heels that you wear to a nice restaurant could be sandals or wedges that you can wear to a beachside bar.
Ready to Explore
If you’re a get up and go get em type of girl then you’ll also be packing clothing that’s useful, rather than just pretty. For example, if you’re visiting Australia or Fuerteventura you’ll have plenty of beautiful natural scenery just waiting to be explored that requires some good footwear to navigate. Pack some hiking boots or your gym trainers, and some clothes that can get a bit dirty. I always pack a few things from my regular gym bag just in case I need them. Plus it may even encourage you to get your fitness on if your hotel has a gym or fitness classes.
What type of things do you guys pack for long haul holidays? I’d love to do a post on what I pack for the actual flight. Would that be something you guys would like to read?
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