Packing for a holiday in a hot destination means you need plenty of room in your suitcase. From basic T-shirts and shorts to bikinis, swimsuits, sun protection, flip flops, smart sandals and attire suitable for restaurant dining, here is a complete list of must-haves for the hot weather holiday.
T-shirts and shorts are holiday staples
Pack a variety of strappy T-shirts and shorts, as this will be your core outfit for the bulk of the holiday. Team these with flip flops or study sandals and make sure your footwear is comfortable if you plan on walking. A nightshirt or shorts and pyjama top and a dressing gown are essentials, as is underwear to last the duration of the holiday. Always pack at least two swimsuits so that these can be rotated, and two beach towels in case your hotel does not provide them. It is important to dress appropriately and not offend the natives with your clothing, so avoid skimpy bikinis and observe the rules of the culture.
A smart long-sleeved shirt or blouse
A smart long-sleeved shirt for men or a pretty blouse for women is a staple for your hot weather holiday suitcase and will be perfect for an evening meal. Men should not forget to pack some smart shorts and trousers, while women can flaunt their favourite pretty dresses and accessorise them with gold and silver jewellery or chunky bangles and a clutch bag. Opt for a boho look with a flowing maxi dress in a pattern of your choice, and don’t forget to pack a pashmina or light jacket in case of cool breezes in the evening.
The ideal choice for hot days and warm nights, summer dresses are available from retailers such as axparis.com/collections/summer-dresses. Vogue’s Anna Wintour says the key item for allowing women to stay cool in summer is the sleeveless dress.
A hat, sunglasses, sun protection lip balm and moisturising lotion are all suitcase staples, as is mosquito repellent if appropriate. Most importantly, do not forget your passport and your travel insurance documents in case the unforeseen should happen.
Make sure you have a happy holiday and begin making your essentials list a few weeks in advance of the holiday so that nothing is forgotten or left until the last minute.