Get Ready for a Summer Vacation in Europe!
It's that time of year again... Euro Summer! We’ll do whatever we can to escape the cold Australian winter for some Mediterranean sunshine. With everyone wanting to do the same thing we’ve decided to skip the baggage queues and pack light for our getaway. We want to spend every second available to us soaking up the warm European sun and getting our summer glow back.
Let us share our secrets on the best way to pack for your European getaway. Waste no space in your carry-on luggage by choosing swimwear and clothing that can serve multiple looks and functions. We guarantee you’ll look and feel amazing on your Mediterranean adventure with our capsule collection of holiday essentials.
Travel light and look great on your European vacation with our handy packing tips
Double duty swimwear
First and foremost, you are going to need a fabulous swimsuit or three. Our collection of women’s swimwear includes many styles that can double as tops, bodysuits, or underwear. Think about your personal style and what swimwear you like to wear, then work your wardrobe around it.
Tankini tops are ideal for travelling. Obviously, you can wear them swimming, but the right style will also double as a regular top, with the added bonus of not needing a bra. Choose a style with the bust support that’s right for you – shelf bra or underwire – and feel comfortable and supported throughout your trip.
A one piece swimsuit is elegant and chic. You’ll look and feel fabulous in a full piece as you lounge by the sea sipping cocktails. These classic bathers can also double as bodysuits for when you want to hit the shops or head out for dinner. One shoulder, strapless, and lace up styles work beautifully as a bodysuit option, but you really can make any one piece swimsuit suit your needs.
Bikini tops and bottoms are great for taking on holidays as they can basically work as your underwear. Fast drying and super comfortable, an underwire bikini top and high waisted pant will be your go to for everyday wear. Choose from classic black or get things racing with a little animal print.
Just like a bikini or tankini top, swim separates can perform multiple roles in your vacation wardrobe. Bike shorts and ¾ swim leggings can double as comfortable bottoms and activewear for when you’re off exploring islands and natural surrounds. Rash vests work as a little jacket or cover up for when the temperature drops or when you need protection from the elements.
A cute V neck one piece doubles as a bodysuit for cocktail hour
Beach to Bar Clothing
You don’t need to pack too many fancy clothes for a Mediterranean beach holiday. Simply choose a few good pieces of beach clothing and style them differently for day and night.
A sarong is a practical piece with a variety of uses. Choose a generous sized sarong and tie it in different ways to suit your needs. While you can wrap it over your swimwear for day, you can also use it as a shawl for the evening. Keep one on hand for when you need a skirt, dress, top, or even a beach blanket.
Kaftans and Dresses
Beach cover ups are a must have for your European holiday. Choose a beach dress or kaftan that is not too sheer so you can wear it off the sand and out for lunch. Dress it up with jewellery or wedges for a stylish dinner outfit and make your wardrobe work extra hard. Soft cotton or viscose dresses are easy to launder if you need to freshen up your pieces while you’re away.
Kaftans and beach dresses can be worn to lunch or dinner, not just to the beach
Accessories can elevate your look and provide a practical solution for your travel and holiday needs. Choosing pieces that look great and
Double duty your beach bag so you don’t have to carry too much luggage. Use your beach bag as your carry-on handbag and fill it with all your essentials. You can empty it out once you get to the hotel and use if for the beach or shopping while at your destination. It’s amazing what you can fit in a roomy straw beach bag.
Hats can be tricky to pack and annoying to carry. Choose a foldable and collapsible hat that can be squished in your luggage without taking up too much space. There’s no need to forgo style for sun protection with our range of stylish foldable travel hats.
Use your beach bag as your carry-on handbag and shopping tote
If you're heading off on a larger cruise ship with pools and spas, we advise choosing your swimwear wisely. These spaces use chlorine and heat to keep them safe and comfortable for passengers. With this in mind, we strongly recommend you choose chlorine resistant swimwear when you take a dip.
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Chlorine Resistant swimwear is essential for cruise ship pools and spas
For more packing tips, read our blog to learn how to pack your beach bag with all the essentials you need for a great day out.