The Ultimate Packing Guide

Suzanne Delahunty Personal Stylist

As part of my personal styling services, I provide my jet-setting clients a travel styling service whether it's for their holidays, business or a mix of the two.

When we talk about how they generally plan and pack for a holiday, I can only describe it as a “scatter gun” approach. They would open their wardrobe, and throw in a miscellaneous set of clothes and hope for the best.

The scatter gun approach is not ideal. When travelling, it is important that you feel 100% comfortable and confident in your outfits, so that you have one less thing to worry about, and you can throw yourself into enjoying every moment of your holiday, or focus on business without distraction. Additionally, a haphazard approach to packing often results in overpacking. Have you ever packed something that you haven’t worn in years “just in case”?

I’ve been there too, and the dilemma of it all led me to coming up with a tried and tested packing strategy that works every time. It does take a bit of forward planning. But it will save you time and outfit-related stress at the other end, and will ensure you have a streamlined suitcase, with enough room to fit travel purchases in.

And so, to save you from fashion emergencies when away from home, I share with you my Ultimate Packing Guide:

1. THINK AHEAD

First step is to think ahead to get an idea of the occasions you’ll be dressing for:

  • how many days and nights will you be away for?
  • what will the weather be doing? Check your weather app for your destination.
  • what activities are planned for your trip? Hiking? Swimming? Board meetings? Dinners at dressy restaurants? Client dinners? Casual restaurants? Beach days? Spa days?

2. DRAW UP YOUR OUTFIT PLAN

Here’s the strategic part. Once you know what is planned for your trip, draw up a chart for each day and night of your trip. Even if you don’t know exactly what you’ll be doing each day, you should have a rough idea. So make up a likely schedule and plan accordingly.

In your chart, list each outfit (including all individual pieces) you’re going to wear each day and each night. When listing the pieces for your outfits, be realistic. Chances are if you have a gold lamé top that you haven’t worn in over a year, you’re probably not going to all of a sudden love wearing it on holiday.

Here’s a chart I prepared earlier, for my last beach holiday:

 

Suzanne Delahunty Personal Stylist
Suzanne Delahunty Personal Stylist

 

Simply repeat the chart for each day of your holiday or work trip. Packing will be a breeze – all you do is throw each item listed into your case. No more over packing and fabulous outfits for every occasion on arrival.

3. DON’T FORGET THE MISCELLANEOUS PIECES

Once you’ve planned your outfits, don’t forget the miscellaneous pieces and the bare necessities:

  • underwear and socks (making sure any specific underwear you need for any of your outfits is included, such as a strapless bra or invisible underwear etc)
  • sleepwear
  • swimwear/workout wear
  • activity-specific items such as thermal pieces for ski trips, ski goggles and helmet
  • toiletries (the contents of which are a whole other blog post)
  • phone chargers
  • power adaptors
  • reading material
  • passport

Voila, your go-to packing guide in three steps. Yes, it takes planning, but it gets easier with each trip you do. If you feel you could do with some professional help when it comes to holiday packing and styling, find out more about my travel consulting services here.

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“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. 
There's three truths in this quote. 

1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin.

2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive. 

3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it.

What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
“Fashion has to reflect who you are, what you feel at the moment, where you’re going.” -Pharrell Williams. There's three truths in this quote.  1. What you wear should reflect who you are. It's an outward expression of who you are inside. And expressing that in an authentic way through your outfits choices is a very powerful way to feel comfortable in your own skin. 2. What you wear also has a direct impact on how you feel. Studies have proven this is absolutely true. When you dress in clothes that make you look good, you feel good. Dressing in a more polished way makes you more productive.  3. What you wear impacts how you are perceived by others. Dress for the job you want. The person you are becoming. If you feel it so will the people around you, and that's half the battle to achieving it. What you wear absolutely makes a difference. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. 

This years colours for Spring/Summer include:

Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. 

Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. 

Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. 

Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. 

Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. 

Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. 

Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. 

Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. 

Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
The Pantone colour for 2022 is the purpley-blue hue, Very Peri. Also released in the Pantone colour trend forecast were some other gorgeous tones. If you want to inject colour into your wardrobe choose the ones that make you feel your best, suit your skin tone and create a complimentary colour palette for your outfits. This years colours for Spring/Summer include: Slide 1: Very Peri. Great to express your creativity and intuitiveness. Slide 2: Fragile Sprout. Fresh and modern. Slide 3: Bubblegum. Feminine, fun and inviting. Slide 4: Sudan Brown. Earthy and chic at the same time. Slide 4: Popcorn. A light yellow that will be perfect for summer outfits. Slide 5: Potpourri. A subtle pink that could be worn as a neutral. Slide 6: Orchid Bloom. A cool lavender colour that looks gorgeous with dark brown. Slide 7: Perfectly Pale. Perfect for outerwear. Slide 8: Northern Droplet. Neutral perfect for cooler skin tones. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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How to introduce colour into your wardrobe. If you feel like you want to introduce more colour into your wardrobe, you are not alone. So many of us have a wardrobe that’s awash with dark colours and black.

This Spring Summer there’s going to be a lot of bright colour in fashion. So before you purchase, think about how you might bring bright colour into your wardrobe. 

If you don’t want to go full-colour straight away, introduce it in small ways with your accessories: scarves, shoes, bags, belts, jewellery. 

And when you’re investing in bright clothes, always make sure they have a point of difference to them in their texture and silhouette. Anything glossy, textured or structural. This will avoid the risk that your bright pieces could look a little basic. 

#suzannedelahuntystylist
How to introduce colour into your wardrobe. If you feel like you want to introduce more colour into your wardrobe, you are not alone. So many of us have a wardrobe that’s awash with dark colours and black. This Spring Summer there’s going to be a lot of bright colour in fashion. So before you purchase, think about how you might bring bright colour into your wardrobe. If you don’t want to go full-colour straight away, introduce it in small ways with your accessories: scarves, shoes, bags, belts, jewellery. And when you’re investing in bright clothes, always make sure they have a point of difference to them in their texture and silhouette. Anything glossy, textured or structural. This will avoid the risk that your bright pieces could look a little basic. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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The white shirt is an essential basic piece for every wardrobe. It’s one of those building blocks that you can use to create so many different outfits. Here I show you the different functions that a white shirt can have in your outfit repertoire as well as a few ways to style your white shirts. At the very least it will make you feel less bad about having multiple white shirts hanging in your closet. #suzannedelahuntystylist
The white shirt is an essential basic piece for every wardrobe. It’s one of those building blocks that you can use to create so many different outfits. Here I show you the different functions that a white shirt can have in your outfit repertoire as well as a few ways to style your white shirts. At the very least it will make you feel less bad about having multiple white shirts hanging in your closet. #suzannedelahuntystylist
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