Use this simple guide for lightweight packing for a one-week beach holiday
See SARONGS (available to purchase from the online Colour Shop) which are extremely versatile and provide a sophisticated cover-up at the pool or on the beach. They can be worn over a swimsuit or simply as a skirt or dress. If you're visiting hot climates don't forget to pack a few sarongs - you'll never regret this! A sarong must be the single most adaptable part of your holiday kit ever invented. Not only is it very useful, this takes up virtually no packing space.
If you prefer a kaftan-style cover up, see BEACHWEAR section at the Colour Shop
1 pair of flip flops (neutral colour)
1 pair of sandals/mules in metallic leather (i.e. gold/copper/bronze for Autumn & Spring ladies. Silver/pewter/gunmetal for Summer & Winter ladies – this neutral option will go with everything you wear)
1 casual/smart jacket for travelling
1 cardigan (could be a shrug)
3 summer tops
1 cropped trousers
1 soft fabric trousers (for travelling)
1 cotton skirt
2 for evening
Multi-way bras are a good item to take away – easily converted to strapless bras when worn with suntops/dresses.
1 sun hat (scroll down for details how to pack a sun hat)
(golden straw for Autumn/Spring ladies; cool straw for Summer/Winter ladies)
Now you know how many items to take, you just need to decide which pieces! The best way to do this is to take your favourite two or three tops, bottoms, etc., lay them out on your bed and pick the ones that are most easily interchangeable taking note of colours, patterns and lengths.
Draw a simple chart to plan what to wear each day – this way you will certainly minimize your packing.