7 day holiday travel light challenge – are you up for it? 

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Travel light with style

So how does travelling really light make you feel? – Does it bring you out in a cold sweat? Is panic setting in? Or would it be a complete breeze for you?

I am the sort of packer who always takes far too much (Yes, it would be nice to take eight pairs of shoes, one for every day of the week and another “just in case” but there just wouldn’t be space) so this year I have resolved to change my ways (palpitations have set in already) and really challenge myself to a 7 day capsule clothing challenge.

Travel light with MistralIn mid June I will be heading off to Italy for the week with my 16 year old son to introduce him to some of the Italian city highlights.  We are flying into Naples and flying out of Venice and visiting Rome and Florence, with train travel booked between cities it would be crazy (and back breaking) to carry more than we need to.

Venice

I’m guessing with everything we have planned which includes underground tours, bicycle tours, foodie tours and lots of explore, explore, explore time that we will need another holiday by the time we get home but I am hoping it will be a lot of fun and some great memories will be made together.   Another benefit of packing light will be a lot less unpacking and washing on return.

Minimalist packing all starts with your choice of luggage, if you are taking it onto the plane make sure you do your research as carry on sizes vary per airline.  You don’t want to be *that* person who is refused their case on the plane and end up shelling out of hefty fines – not a great start to your holiday.

If your travel pack or suitcase is small, it’s going to force you to pack sensibly and pack light anyway. Alongside my small carry-on suitcase, I will take a small day bag that is just big enough to fit my essentials – my purse, tickets, phone, bottle of water and camera.

So can you be shrewd with what you take.  Here’s my planned mix and max outfits packing list for our week away: 

  • 2 Reversible Skirts, 2 dresses, 1 pair of trousers, 1 cami top, 2 vest tops, 1 cardi, Linen scarf to cover up in high sun or when visiting religious places where your shoulders need to be covered. (keep in your hand luggage), Pair of plimsolls, Flip flops,  7 pairs of pants, 2 x Bras, 3 necklaces to bling up in the evening and toiletries – in small containers (hotels normally supply shower gel and shampoo)

Here’s my recommended Mistral day to day travel capsule light wardrobe:

Day 1: firework reversible skirt and frill hem vest in sheen green and Victoria No lace Plimsolls in Azul

Day 1: firework reversible skirt and frill hem vest in sheen green and Victoria No lace Plimsolls in Azul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2: firework reversible skirt and me me cami in melon and Victoria No lace Plimsolls in Azul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 : Woodcut print dress, Victoria No lace Plimsolls in Azul and pop cardigan in Eclipse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4: Cheetah and splodge reversible skirt with frill helm white vest top and  Ilse Jacobson gold glitter flipflops 

 

Day 5: Cactus print dress, pop cardigan in Eclipse and Ilse Jacobson gold glitter flipflops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5: Cactus print dress, pop cardigan in Eclipse and Ilse Jacobson gold glitter flipflops 

 

 

Day 6: Cheetah and splodge reversible skirt with me me cami in melon and blue linen scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6: Cheetah and splodge reversible skirt with me me cami in melon and blue linen scarf and Victoria No lace Plimsolls in Azul 

 

 

Day 4: Cheetah and splodge reversible skirt with frill helm white vest top and Victoria No lace Plimsolls in Azul

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 7: Heading home – Embroidered hem trousers in stone, frill helm white vest top  and Ilse Jacobson gold glitter flipflops 

 

Day 7: Heading home – Embroidered hem trousers in stone, frill helm white vest top and Ilse Jacobson gold glitter flipflops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The total cost of this capsule wardrobe is £404.41 (with our current 20% discount it could be yours for £323.53)

Use the code QUEEN20 before midnight on Sunday 9 June on checkout and make your holiday a lighter and happier time.

 

Have you ventured away with minimalist packing yet?

If you have questions or ideas about what to take and what not to take, please post your thoughts on our facebook or twitter pages.

 And don’t forget to tag yourself with #wearingmistral and let us know how you get on this Summer.

 

Emma Charlton,  E-Commerce Sales and Marketing Manager

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