3 Jul 2018

VA’s Vacation Checklist: Packing In 5


It’s vacation season.

A vacation hopefully means we can switch off from all of life’s everyday routines.

If the beach or countryside beckons, we will imagine the soft sand between our toes, the salty sea breeze in our hair or the dozy afternoons around the pool with a book and intermittent siestas.

Dreaming of getting to the chosen destination is all that’s on the mind.

Yet before we can set our emails to ‘out of office‘, there’s a suitcase that requires packing.

The packing starts with good intentions, limited to only the vacation essentials.

By the end, I am sitting on my suitcase ramming everything in and worrying if it will comply with airline weight restrictions.

What we need is a streamlined checklist, to help make the packing for our vacations seamless.

VA’s Vacation Checklist

Every summer vacay needs appropriate swimwear to hit the water, outfits for daytime and a change for the evening, the relevant amount of underwear and lingerie. And accessories of course.


Swimwear – pack 3-4 swimsuits that you feel entirely confident and comfortable in. There’s nothing worse than feeling self-conscious in swimwear.

Caftans – because summer and caftans go hand in hand.

Dresses – a versatile lace that can be worn on the beach and to dinner, an LBD always, a white midi that looks gorgeous with a tan and a linen shirtdress to be worn with sneakers or mules.

Silk Skirt/ Cropped Pants – an ideal alternative to drape yourself in when you fancy a change.

Lightweight Blouse – for if evenings grow cooler, you are prepared.

Basic Tee’s – the easiest item to wear when the weather is warm. Minimum 3 in black, white and grey.


Condensing is the key.  Mix and match is the rule.

Sunglasses – always a difficult one to whittle down. Why bother? They take up little space and can make the simplest of looks more engaging.

Beach Bag – one that fits in the sunnies, the holiday must-reads, a beach sarong and the toiletries you plan on keeping with you.

Evening Clutch – something small that holds your can’t-live-without at dinners.

Jewels – Keep it simple. Pack your favourite earrings and bracelets for the evenings. Leave the grown-up jingle jangles at home; it is so much simpler.


Sticking to the 3 Shoe Rule still applies for holiday packing.

Sneaker – for travelling days any long sight-seeing treks.

Sandal/mules/espadrilles – for minimal effort on the beach or by the pool.

Heel – for evenings when you fancy putting in a little more effort.

Let the vacation packing commence.

Packing in 5: VA’s Vacation Checklist

swimmers   ||  caftan  ||  little white dress ||  little black dress  ||  cropped pants ||  skirt  ||  blouse  || tee

mules ||  espadrilles  ||  heels   ||  beach bag  ||  le specs  ||  earrings  ||  bracelets  ||  clutch

image, chanel, karl lagerfeld, spring 1990

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Taste of France

A good list!
I just got back from a week in Casablanca, and I took all black. It just so happened that my best travel pieces (lightweight, wrinkle-resistant) were black. Even my crushable raffia sunhat is black. Just as well–it all worked together. I never felt somber or hot. In fact, nothing beats flowing palazzo pants, in black or not.

Toni Kelly

Oh no Vicki – wish you had posted this last week before I headed to London – weather is just divine here and I am not properly prepared!!! C’est la vie – will have a stunning time anyway and take note of your tips for next time x


It’s hot, hot, hot Toni… but there are plenty of places to succumb to temptation… if the need arises to shop ;)


Vicki, this is such a great list! I am trying {hard!} to stick to the 3 shoe rule, but often have changed over to a 4 shoe rule. Still working on it! For our next antique buying trip to Europe in fall I will pack 2 shoes…..nothing like motivation for being able to hand carry some of the more precious antiques home to make my shoe obsession behave itself!


Perfect list! Down to the jewelry! Nothing ruins the excitement leading to a great vacation than worrying about what to pack. The neutral pallete works well together. ❤️


Great list! Might I add to tightly roll all clothing. This technique cuts down on bulk and leads to less wrinkling. What toiletries to pack? This is where I exceed the limit!


Good advice for my next vacation.always pack too much and have not worn half of what I packed,thank you


Just a note: If you’re checking luggage, put your jewelry in your carry-on. I learned the hard way. Going through the Florida airport many years ago, my luggage changed hands and my make-up bag and jewelry bag were missing when I arrived in Montreal. They wern’t precious but some of my favourites.
I love seeing others’ packing lists. I’ve been trying to get by on less when traveling.


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