Packing Light for a Summer Holiday

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Do you pack too much?


 Or perhaps leave something out you wished you had packed? Or maybe you have just packed the wrong clothes! More often we pack too much and wished we had left half our case at home.
There are some clever ways to reduce your baggage, travel light and save time with washing.
If you are travelling somewhere tropical chances are you can rely on the weather to be the same temperature every day so you know you will just need light, cool and relaxed clothing. Keep in mind when in the tropics it is humid so take along garments that you know will be comfortable to wear. So think about the fabrics and what would be suitable for the climate and what is also easy to wash and dry so you can reuse your clothes.

Cotton voile

Cool light cotton voile (voile being French for light) is lovely to wear and perfect for tropical climates as it is the lightest weight of cotton with a more open weave allowing movement of air from the skin through the fabric allowing the heat and moist air to escape.
To maximize coolness wearing a loose fitting garment will always be a cooler option. Cotton once damp retains moisture so the lighter the cotton the better. We all know how long wet jeans take to dry!
A great fabric to maintain as it is machine washable, quick to hand wash and generally quite durable and the better quality cottons are a dream to iron!

Silk Chiffon

So light you will barely know you have it on! A Silk Chiffon Dress feels so light and soft and ….. so luxurious! As light as a feather it is the perfect travel piece as you will not even know it is in your luggage! Lovely to dress up for an evening, add some heels and some gorgeous jewellery and it will take you anywhere! To wash run under a tap, once wet it will probably fit in the palm of your hand, squeeze out and hang on a clothes hanger and it will dry in seconds.

Slip Dresses

A microfibre  slip dress is a great travel companion ideal for cruise and resort wear. Microfibre with its wonderful wicking properties keeps you cool and dry making it ideal for warmer climates and for those of us who feel the heat. A slip dress can be a multi-purpose. Always handy as an under layer to a sheer dress, or a layering piece to add some extra length to your outfit and even as a nightie! Easy to hand wash, hang overnight and it will be good to go the next day! Black, Nude or White will compliment all prints.*A hint when choosing a slip to wear under patterned resort wear … a black will ‘deepen and define’ the print making it more ‘bold’ while a white or nude colour slip will ‘brighten and lighten’ the print
A Cotton slip is also another great travelling piece taking care of any concern of sheerness by adding a light layer of cool cotton. Add a cotton slip to your kaftan or tunic and your cover-up will take you from the beach to bar and beyond! 
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