How to Pack Light For A Week In The Sun – And Bring Hand Luggage Only!

how to pack light for week in the sun

With checked baggage fees sometimes dearer than airfares, it is important to know how to pack light for a week in the sun. I have picked up some tips and tricks on my travels, hopefully these will help you save money, while looking stylish too!

 

We have all been there – sitting on our suitcase trying to close it, just minutes before the taxi pulls up to take you to the airport. God knows what we have packed, but inevitably we will only wear half of it! I have managed to improve my packing over the years and no longer bring six pairs of shoes and three hand-bags when I go away! I find sun holidays are the easiest to pack for and I usually take hand luggage only, as there is no need for bulky jumpers, jackets or boots. These are my must-haves – what I never leave home without, hopefully they will help you to pack light for a week in the sun and bring hand luggage only too!
 

 

 

How to pack light for a week in the sun.

 

1. Invest in a good light-weight suitcase.

Before you start you should invest in one of the lightest cases on the market. I have a samsonite light-shock cabin case and I love it. It is super light but the frame is expandable so I can fit much more into this case than other cases that I have of similar size.

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2. How to pack light for a week in the sun – bring two pairs of shoes.

 

Nude Wedges are a must!

If you don’t already own a pair of nude or white wedges, invest in them! Nude shades go with everything. I prefer wedges to high sandals, they are more comfortable underfoot, especially when you come across an old town with cobbled stone streets. I usually wear these if travelling a short distance by plane, it saves space in my case. If you are doing this, pack a pair of socks in your hand bag, incase you want to take your shoes off during the flight.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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And I never leave home without my Havaianas Luna 

Havaianas Luna are the most comfortable flip-flops I have ever worn, in fact I have them in two colours. I have walked countless cities and towns in them, the support on the heel means they don’t flop when you walk. Some styles have a gems attached so you could wear at night-time too. If you are planning on doing some hiking or long walks you might want to bring runners too, but I have walked for hours in these!   

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. How to pack light for a week in the sun – bring two bags.

 

A large bag that doubles as a carry on and beach bag.

 
Instead of my usual hand-bag, I bring a large tote on the plane which also doubles as a beach or shopping bag. This is big enough to hold a cardigan, some duty free purchases and even magazines. I picked up this one in Zara for €20 and it is reversible. I like to wear red in the summer time and then reverse it to nude colour in the winter time. It also has a small zip pouch on the inside which is handy when you are at the beach for your phone, keys etc.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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And a cross-over body bag.

I only bring my large bag above and a black cross over bag. This doubles as an evening bag when I adjust the strap, or as a cross over when shopping or sightseeing during the day.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. How to pack light for a week in the sun – bring clothes that you can dress up or down.

 

Dresses, dresses and more dresses!

Dresses are so versatile! You can dress them down with havianas or runners, or dress them up with wedges. They also use up less space in your case than a top and trousers / skirt. I pack a long maxi for the first few days and then shorter dresses when I want to show off my tan!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Shorts

This might sound like an obvious choice but try to pick a pair of shorts that you can wear out at night-time too. H&M have some great styles at the moment that you can dress up or down.
 

 

 

Cropped white jeans / trousers

Three-quarter length trousers are so handy, you can dress them up at night-time with heels or wear them during the day with tee-shirts and flats. They are also handy for travelling in.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5. Bring a cardigan or large scarf / pashmina 

I invested in a good quality black cardigan a few years ago and I never travel without it now. It is very handy if it gets cool in the evening time and it also dresses up a simple outfit. I also like to bring a warm cardigan or wrap for the plane, that fits in my carry-on hand bag. Try to pick one that doesn’t need to be ironed! If you are planning on visiting any temples or religious buildings that may require your shoulders to be covered, a scarf or pashmina can be very handy. If you bring a versatile colour like black this can double up as a night time wrap, instead of bringing a cardigan.
 

 

 

6. How to pack light for a week in the sun – be clever with electronics.

 

Bring an extension cable

One of my pet hates when I am away is that hotels manage to put sockets in the most inconvenient places. Why are they are never beside the bed? I bring an extension cable so I can charge my phone, the kids tablets and use my hair straightener at the same time. This also saves me bringing loads of adapters and leaving them behind after me, which I have done on several occasions!

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Buy a good power bank

I never leave home without my power bank. I probably use my phone more than most, so it can be a Godsend when my battery is running low. They are really handy to have on plane journeys too, especially if you have a flight delay and there is no USB port on the plane.
 

 

 

7. How to pack light for a week in the sun – try an easy to manage hairstyle. 

I used to bring my hair dryer on holidays, but not anymore. I use the Bumble and Bumble surf infusion and let my hair dry naturally during the day, and bring my hair straightener when I am dressing up at night-time. If by any chance the hotel hair dryer is really poor, the hair straightener sorts out the frizz, well some of it anyway!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Don’t you just love when you get a great shot? 🙌 This beautiful church is in the village of Georgioupolis, just a few kilometers from our hotel, @anemosresort . It is located on a narrow peninsula so you can walk out to it once the tide is calm, which it was tonight. My daughter Alex (8) walked out with me and took this photo on my phone – didn’t she do well! See more on my stories. . . . . . #greekchurch #georgioupolis #agiosnikolaos #church #greekorthodoxchurch #churchesofinstagram #irishtravelblogger #travelbloggerlife #lovemyjob #wearetravelgirls #visitcrete #visitgreece #greekislands #happygirl #familytravel #summerholidays #crete #cretebeach #instacrete #chania #visitchania #chania #goldenhour

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8. How to pack light for a week in the sun – buy small plastic bottles for toiletries.

The main issue when travelling with hand-luggage, is you can only bring toiletries or creams that are less than 100ml through airport security. I suggest you pick up a pack of small plastic bottles and fill them with enough make up, cleanser etc that you will need for the length of your stay. All hotels and most good apartments will have shampoo and shower gel in the rooms, so you shouldn’t need to bring loads of toiletries with you. Check the hotel website and see what is provided in the rooms before you pack. If you are bringing your own shampoo and conditioner, dispense them into the small plastic bottles too.
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9. How to pack light for a week in the sun – take a trip to Boots before you pack. 

Boots have a great selection of travel miniatures in their 3 for 2 section. I always pick up mini sun creams, toothpaste and hair essentials before I go. I also love their cucumber face wipes, they can be so refreshing at the beach. I don’t use wipes much at home, but on holidays they can be so useful, and they only cost €1.25!  They are very handy if you are trying to use your cleanser sparingly because you have less than 100ml with you. I tend to use them to take off my make up before cleansing my face.

 

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10.How to pack light for a week in the sun – buy a portable weighing scales. 

When you have packed your bag, make sure you are under the 10kg cabin baggage allowance – this can even be less on some airlines. I have a portable luggage scales and I bring it with me to weigh my case on the return journey too. This is handy, especially if you are a shopper like me! You can buy them for less than €10.
 

 

 
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