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Travel essentials you need to know about to jet off in style

How do you master the art of brilliant bag-packing for your next adventure? Start by creating a list of travel essentials.

Women and their travel essentials

It’s that time of year again, we’re ready to ditch winter and escape to the European summer for a few weeks of bliss. But before you go any further, take note – this isn’t your guide to minimalist packing, carry-on-only style. A Euro vacay requires DESERVES many many outfits. Take your cues from our holiday packing checklist below and start pulling together your fashion travel essentials.

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boyfriendjeans

The BF jeans

Or your mum’s, whatever takes your fancy. The slouchy boyfriend jeans (or any jeans for that matter) are crucial when on holiday. Scrunchable, minimal washing required and wear-with-anything clothing is always top of the packing list.

Shop BF jeans:

Petite Recycled Farleigh High Waisted Slim Mom Jeans in Dark Wash
Petite Recycled Farleigh High Waisted Slim Mom Jeans in Dark Wash

ASOS

Tommy Jeans - High Rise Tapered Jeans Blue
Tommy Jeans - High Rise Tapered Jeans Blue

General Pants


tshirts

Trusty T-shirts

Getting around town in a crisp white or striped tee matched with denim cutoffs, reflector shades and summer sandals is a must. Pack several.

Shop T-shirts:


fuji

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The Polaroid

Shake it like a polaroid picture. Printing out your memories to stick on the wall might be old-school but it never gets old. Holiday mementoes of the original kind.

Shop Polaroids:

Instax SQUARE SQ6 Camera - Graphite Gray
Instax SQUARE SQ6 Camera - Graphite Gray

Target Australia

Polaroid Originals OneStep2 View Finder i-Type Camera - White
Polaroid Originals OneStep2 View Finder i-Type Camera - White

Camera House

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ20 Hybrid Instant Camera - Beige
Fujifilm Instax Square SQ20 Hybrid Instant Camera - Beige

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phonecases

Passport, purse and phone case

Look like a total pro on vacation with a sleek passport holder and envious phone case.

Shop travel accessories:

Casetify - Impact Protective Clear Case for iPhone XR – Black
Casetify - Impact Protective Clear Case for iPhone XR – Black

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shorts

The denim cutoffs

Mixing and matching has never been easier when you’re armed with denim cutoffs. Nail the effortless look with denim shorts and a pretty top.

Shop shorts:

Dean High Rise Denim Shorts Blue Denim
Dean High Rise Denim Shorts Blue Denim

Beginning Boutique


shades

Spiffy shades

You cannot, we repeat, you cannot travel to another destination without cool sunglasses. It’s likely these will be with you at all times so the perfect pair of sunnies is a #musthave.

Shop shades:


dresses

Fuss-free dresses

Day-to-night shift dresses in a variety of colours will get you through beaching, touristing and late night dinner dates. An off-the-shoulder style will be a plus to show off your sun-kissed shoulders.

Shop day-dresses:


bags

An easy-breezy bag

In our eyes, the smaller the better. Find your fave mini cross-body bag that’ll take care of the essentials (lip gloss, purse, keys and phone). If you really need to carry things around, load up a leather tote.

Shop bags:


strawhat

Swishy straw hat

Stay polished no matter what the plans are in a lady-like summer hat. If you haven’t found the one, stalk your favourite Instagrammers – IT girls everywhere have the best finds for you to copycat.

Shop hats:

Bondi Beach Bag Company - Composite Braids Hat
Bondi Beach Bag Company - Composite Braids Hat

David Jones


fancyflats

Fancy flats

Opt for espadrilles and summer sandals the next time you travel. Light and easy to pack, espadrilles are an easy all-day alternative to sneakers. And sandals? Well, they’re a no brainer.

Shop fancy flats:


onepiece

The all-eyes-on-you one-piece

Turn heads with a one-piece poolside or beachside – or by the bar. Pop on a pair of cute shorts and summer sandals and you’ve got yourself a beach-to-bar outfit in the blink of an eye.

Shop head-turning one-pieces:

Solid & Striped - The Claudia One Piece
Solid & Striped - The Claudia One Piece

David Jones

Petite Glam Belted Plunge Swimsuit in Animal Leopard Print
Petite Glam Belted Plunge Swimsuit in Animal Leopard Print

ASOS


sneakers

No-stress sneakers

You’re bound to be doing some walking whilst touristing, so pack a pair of sneakers that will keep you on your feet all day and look good in your Insta-snaps.
Shop sneakers:

Adidas - Continental 80 White Sneakers
Adidas - Continental 80 White Sneakers

General Pants


kini

A cute ‘kini

That’s right, they scrunch up so small you may as well pack two. Or three. Summer destinations demand a bikini uniform, plus a mandatory pina colada.

Shop 'kinis:

Zulu Ang Zephyr - Greenhouse Bra Cup Bikini
Zulu Ang Zephyr - Greenhouse Bra Cup Bikini

SurfStitch


heels

A high-er heel

You’ll be seeing in the sunsets and since it’s summer, probably a sunrise or two! Pack one pair of heels for your party feet.

Shop high heels:

Public Desire Finally Studded Heeled Sandal in Blush
Public Desire Finally Studded Heeled Sandal in Blush

ASOS


luggage

Cool-girl luggage

It falls into accessorising, okay? Update that well-travelled suitcase you've had since you moved out of home to a nifty wheelie bag (bright colours, bright colours!) or an easy-to-carry oversized bag for your weekends away.

Shop cool-girl luggage:

Jett Black - White Marble Series Large Suitcase
Jett Black - White Marble Series Large Suitcase

THE ICONIC

Samsonite Firelite 75cm Spinner Suitcase Chili Red
Samsonite Firelite 75cm Spinner Suitcase Chili Red

Catch


Hot tips for holiday packing

  • Pack clothing you know you’re going to wear. Don’t fall into the trap of bringing something you’ve never worn before. It’ll be a space waster.
  • Choose natural fabrics. Linen, cotton and silk are a godsend during travel time. Avoid synthetics such as nylon and polyester, you’ll wind up a hot mess.
  • Pack way less than the weight limit. You’ll be one happy chappy when you check in to your return flight without having to pay excess fees. Since when do you go on holiday without a shopping splurge?
  • Pick up a new book. Or download the latest podcasts to keep entertained in-flight.

The holiday checklist:

  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Polaroid camera
  • Passport holder and phone case
  • Denim shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • A small bag
  • A hat
  • Sandals
  • One-piece swimsuit
  • Comfortable sneakers
  • Bikini
  • High heels
  • Suitcase


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