With excess baggage charges at a premium and many travellers preferring to take just "carry on" luggage, it is finally time to lose the "everything for every eventuality" mentality, because it just ain't gonna happen! Nobody needs a sweater in Egypt in July, so concentrate on getting the 12 basics right and work on the theory of 3-4 tops and bottoms for a one week break.
Marks & Spencer Per Una Lily Pond Kaftan £95. Current Elliott Denim Shorts £66. Antik Batik Embellished Sandals Was £155 now £93.
Kaftans can be worn out in the evening before you wear them over your swimsuit and denim shorts can be worn on sightseeing trips or dressed up for a night out with a pretty top and heels. Flat embellished sandals work for both day and evening if you want to give your feet a rest!
Helene Berman Trilby £35. Splendid Tank £40. Anya Hindmarch Beach Bag £85.
Wear your Trilby when travelling or fill with underwear to keep its shape if you prefer to pack it.
A white vest is essential and can easily be dressed up for evening with the use of costume jewellery, just team with a silk skirt or shorts.
Use your beachbag for the journey, it will be large enough to hold all your essential carry on supplies, such as water, magazines, make-up etc
Gold Haviana flip flops £19.99. Diane Von Furstenberg oversized Sunglasses was £115 now £80. Warehouse maxi dress was £100 now £70.
Havianas are the perfect poolside accompliment and will last you for years. Go for a metallic or neutral colour that will match all your kaftans or swimsuits.
If you only take one pair of sunglasses make them a classic Jackie O style for optimim eye protection. A maxi dress is this years holiday must have and works with both flat sandals and heels perfectly.
By Malene Birger Bikini was £85 now £42.50. Isabella Oliver Summer Dress was £109 now £76.30. DVF wedges were £260 now £130.
If you buy a patterned bikini like the stripe one pictured, then pick up either a cheap plain navy or white bikini, or both, and mix and match! 3 bikinis would give you at least a weeks worth of different looks!
As with the white vest, a simple white dress is just as easy to dress up or down.
A pair of wedges are the easy option to take simple daytime outfits into evening glam.
What do you consider to be your essential holiday pieces?