What to wear on your summer holiday
Even the most experienced traveller has been a victim of a sartorial error when on a summer holiday: whether it’s a cardigan that’s overused because you only brought the one or you have too many smart options when the vibe is more relaxed, it can certainly be difficult to always get it right.
But often, clothing issues can be solved by figuring out the common blind spots in advance. Assuming we’re all glued to the weather reports beforehand and so have a good idea of what weather to expect, here are a few pointers from the Flexicover team to help finesse your packing.
Often the hardest part of packing is choosing the right footwear to bring, especially as each pair takes up valuable luggage weight. If you only have space for two pairs of shoes, our advice is to wear a pair of comfortable walking shoes (whether trainers, Converses or slip-ons) on the plane, meaning you can pack some relaxed daytime shoes, such as flip flops, and then smarter shoes or sandals in a neutral colour for the evening. If you have more space, think carefully about the activities you expect to do and pack accordingly, not forgetting to take the appropriate types of socks and blister plasters – just in case.
On summer holidays, evenings often mean three things: a dip in temperature, fancier clothes and a rise in creepy-crawlies too. Ladies have a three-in-one solution if they bring out a shawl (which, by the way, are permanently useful on holiday: they can act as a mat, a towel and a sarong too. We always pack at least two). Gents have it harder. We’d suggest packing a smart shirt/trouser combo and a tie in case of an elegant restaurant, or a light short-sleeved shirt and some tailored shorts which can be worn with eau de bug spray if needed. Cooler evening temperatures can catch one off guard, so make sure you have a jumper to hand too.
We’re sure we don’t need to explain layering, but there are other factors that we might not take into consideration when it comes to unexpected weather. Perhaps the humidity means that the comfortable 25 degrees promised feels ickier, or the sea breeze means it’s a whole lot cooler. So check both factors in advance and then daily, and dress accordingly. Also, generally speaking, the hotter the country, the chillier the air conditioning in hotels and restaurants. It may feel foolish to bring out a light cover up in roasting temperatures, but by the time the first course arrives, you’ll be thankful.
Those who opt for active holidays will be well aware of the obvious: hikers need hiking boots, cyclists need cycling gloves and so on. But two aspects are often forgotten. Firstly, you’re likely to need to wash your sportswear, so it’s important to bring at least another full set to change into, while a warmer third set is also advised for longer breaks in case the weather changes. Secondly, casual clothes will be worn far less than sports gear – perhaps only a couple of hours in the evening. So limiting the amount of casualwear you bring, and making sure they mix and match so you get a few wears out of them, is a smart way forward.
All-inclusives are a law unto themselves, and each place has their own dress code. So our advice is to check the accommodation’s website and reviews from past guests to suss out what to pack. Regardless of the cost of a place, it could be that it’s a relaxed feel where smarter clothing options aren’t really necessary, or it could be that they have tennis courts and you wished you’d brought your sports gear. In some all-inclusives, their best restaurant might require smart clothes, while other establishments are so luxurious they offer a ‘robed environment’. Forewarned is forearmed.
Whatever you end up packing make sure you’re aware of what your travel insurance policy says in regards to your baggage cover limits. Also you must carry any valuables in your hand luggage for cover to be applicable. For more information click here to visit our policy documentation page or you can call our friendly team on 0800 093 9495.
Wherever you plan to head to this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of cover to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.