We all have our own ideas of our perfect holiday, be it sightseeing, activities and water sports or relaxing on a beach. Here we have put together a short guide of the perfect items to pack for the most popular types of holiday, to take the stress out of packing.



A favourite with millions every year, the beach holiday is probably the easiest holiday to pack for. Obviously during the day you will probably be wearing swimwear, but after the sun goes down, you’ve been back to your room for a shower and to apply the after sun it’s nice to slip on something cool and comfortable that shows off all that hard work you’ve put in on your tan.

The maxi dress is great for a relaxing evening spent eating good food with a glass or two of wine. Team with flat sandals or heels if you prefer.

6304b Blue and White Floral Maxi Dress Ghost6308b Black and Pink Floral Halter Maxi Dress Ghost

If dresses are not your thing or you refer a more casual look then a cute strappy or halter top teamed with shorts or trousers is a great alternative.

Beach Holiday Tops

Beach holiday accessory basics include a beach bag, evening bag, sunglasses, sun hat, flat sandals and a pair of heels

(yes one pair not 10!)

Accessorize Stripe Beach Tote BagAccessorize Goddess Geo Tassel Floppy Hat

Accessorize Marissa Zip Top Clutch BagGold Lolina Flower Detail To Post Sandal





When it comes to a city break, packing requires a little more thought especially if you are travelling somewhere the weather is a bit unpredictable.

6279b Navy Blue Crochet Lace Bell Sleeve Top Ghost 6313b Mocha Ruffled Wrap Top Ghost

Classic pieces in a few base colours that you can mix and match are key, items that can be worn both day and night are a life saver.

6019c White Zip Up Fitted Shirt Ghost   6297b Black and White Striped off the Shoulder Top Ghost

Wear them with jeans and boots during the day and then transform the outfit with heels and statement accessories for the evening.

5991 Distressed Boot Flare Jeans Ghost6169 Black A Line Skirt Ghost

Tea and wrap dresses are perfect for shopping or lunching at a pavement café during the day, add heels and accessorise for dinner or the theatre in the evening.

6139  Red Spotty Print Tea Dress Ghost 6300b Blue Floral Tea Dress Ghost

6294b Camel Faux Suede Wrap Dress Ghost 5521 Black and White Patterned Wrap Dress Ghost

Always include a lightweight raincoat, comfortable flat shoes or boots for walking and a pair of heels you can wear with everything. A  tote or across the body bag is great for travelling and use during the daytime whilst a small clutch for evenings will take up hardly any room in your case.

Beige Leather Bucket Bag River Island Black SUede Tassel Tote Bag

 Don’t forget a hat and of course sunglasses to complete your stylish holiday look.





Cruise holidays are becoming more and more popular, with the opportunity to travel to several different countries whilst enjoying luxurious surroundings. Whilst it’s not all formal dining at the captains table there is a dress code of what is considered acceptable day and night aboard the ship.

Day wear is pretty relaxed, shorts and t shirts, sun dresses, flip flops and sandals are all acceptable so there’s plenty of options available. If you want to soak up the sun around the pool be sure to have a pretty cover up ready to slip over the top.

6205 Pastel Pink and Black Leaf Print French Crepe Dress Ghost 6254b Green Daisy Print Halter Neck Dress Ghost

6305b Blue and White Floral Halter Top 6255b Blue Daisy Print V Neck Top Ghost

Most evenings are smart/casual so really most things you would wear to a restaurant at home like a pretty sun dress or top and trousers look equally good. No jeans though!

6269b Vintage Floral Print Bardot Dress 6314b Black and White Floral Halter Dress Ghost

For the occasional formal evening aboard the ship you can go all out for glamour.

6227d Purple Crystal Diamante Maxi Dress Ghost 6289b Black Sequin Velour Cut Out Dress Ghost

As with all holidays a day and evening bag and a fabulous pair of heels are essential.

Martha Hardcase Clutch Bag Accessorize Silver Textured Sandals

So wherever you are off to on holiday remember these basic rules for stress free packing and hopefully you won’t come back with loads of unworn clothes…..we’ve all done it!

Relax and enjoy!



* Shoes shown are available from Debenhams

** Bags and hats  shown available from Accessorize and River Island




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