Holiday times are upon us, and among all the excitement, there is one activity that is bound to take up time and cause conundrums: packing. Due to many airlines now charging extra for even a small carry-on trolley, packing light is a priority - and choosing wisely becomes even more important. Our packing guide is here to help you have a stylish holiday, minus the extra charges at the airport.
By Sascha Camilli: writer, speaker, activist, and vegan fashion expert.
First things first: put the heaviest items at the bottom, which often tend to be shoes. For the best in vegan sandals and sliders for the summer, check out V.GAN, Good Guys Don't Wear Leather and Bohema, who all offer sandals that hit that perfect note of "comfort meets luxury". If you're looking to glam things up on holiday, pick a pair of heeled sandals from Minuit Sur Terre, where subtle shimmer is paired with a demure heel that lends day-to-night versatility - one pair of shoes will take you from poolside brunch to sunset cocktails.
For bags, think strategically: you want to choose something that will be roomy, but not take up a lot of room in your luggage. A clever idea is to use your biggest bag as your "small personal item" when flying, to avoid it filling up half your suitcase. For a bag with a beach vibe, check out Stelar's bamboo creations, while Canussa will provide laid-back glamour (and ease of travel) with vegan leather totes in neutral hues. If you've got a tiny bit of space in your carry-on for an evening option, take a look at Miomojo's colourful designs that will bring a hint of brightness.
What kind of holiday packing guide would this be without mentioning swimwear? Choose sleek, simple designs from SEPTEMBER or a more vibrant style from Sūndar Swim - both these brands create swimwear crafted from ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made with discarded fishing gear from landfills and oceans.
Sunglasses are a must for any summer holiday, whether beach or city. Certfified B Corp Pala Eyewear work with recycled plastic for their design, while fellow B Corp Bird Eyewear uses FSC-certified, sustainably made wood, bamboo and other sustainable plant sources for their wide range of styles.
Going on holiday is a time for vivid colour - pack a maxi dress from Baukjen for a dopamine injection. More of a neutrals fan for summer? AmourLinen's breezy neutrals in eco-conscious linen have got you covered. And for a lightweight extra that can be used as a sarong, towel, or scarf, look to Lüks Linen for a peshtemal - it folds really small and offers true versatility and maximum comfort (wrap up on the plane, anyone?).
Perfecting your packing skills will help your holiday go more smoothly - while assuring maximum style. Choosing these eco-friendly essentials will assure that you look chic, and will also mean that you might have some space left in your suitcase for local delights.
By Sascha Camilli
Sascha Camilli is a vegan fashion writer, speaker and activist. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books. For more about Sascha, you can read our interview with her or listen to her podcast Catwalk Rebel. You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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