8 Rules To Perfect Packing

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1 Colour co-ordinated bikinis are the bedrock?of your capsule holiday wardrobe. They'll take up minimal space in your bag and can be mixed and matched for a fresh look every day. Include a couple of tankinis too, as they can serve as cropped tops for evening paired with?a maxi skirt or palazzo pants.

2 Bring one standout piece. Bikinis and'sarongs will work for the beach and poolside lunches, but pack one exquisite item, such as a pair of silk trousers, for evening. Pair with your cashmere knit on one evening and a tankini and blazer (perfect worn on the plane to prevent a chill) on another.

504021_in_xl Striped silk wide- leg pants, Maiyet, €655 at net-a-porter.com.

3 It may be a capsule wardrobe clich?, but a sarong can multitask as a scarf, belt or even a towel.?In fact, if you Google ?how to tie a sarong?, you'll find a multitude of different outfits that can be created around this humble piece. Having said that, there's nothing unassuming about Proenza Schouler's cotton voile sarong, €515 at www.net-a-porter.com.

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4 Always bring a hat. Not only is a sun hat?part of your sun protection regime, it's a chic finishing touch to any outfit. We love this striped trilby, €12 at Next . It's edgier than a traditional sun hat, plus pink stripes offer a fresher take on traditional nautical blue.

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5 Whether you're heading to Sydney?or Sardinia, bring a knit ?for evenings. Invest in a featherweight cashmere or a merino wool; they'll look super-chic for evenings and will see you through winter too. Try J.Crew's cashmere cardigan sweater, or Lucy Nagle's ivory merino wool cropped cardigan, €189?at Brown Thomas?

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6 Forget about buckling and untying shoe straps?? go for a versatile, no-fuss slip-on instead. Then make
it multitask by opting for a metallic shade that will work for day and night. FitFlop's micro-crystal leather sandal has a metallic finish and a band of shining micro-crystals for a little extra bling. But even better, they have dual density midsoles - perfect for soothing sand-ravaged feet, €65 at?www.fitflop.eu

7 Pare back the number of lotions and potions?you take with you by substituting your regular body moisturiser, make-up remover and lip balm with coconut oil. This one-stop wonder can also double as
a cuticle softener, hair mask and under-eye cream. We love Vita Coco's Coconut Oil - as the packaging says, ?Eat it, Wear it, Swear by it!?

8 Choose a beach bag that can weather the tidal wave of sand, sea and'sun lotions. This woven plastic tote by Finds is made from sturdy yet malleable woven plastic, and it's water- resistant too. Even better,
a portion of the profits
are returned to a weaving community in Oaxaca in Mexico, which make the bags. Plus, it's chic enough to use for day or evening, €184.50 at?www.net-a-porter.com

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