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Summer Holiday Essentials – A Guide to Packing Light!

Summer Holiday Essentials – A Guide to Packing Light!

When I told my husband I was writing this article, he was visibly amused! I am that person that wants to check in a bag for a two-night city break… So perhaps this article is more for me than you guys… perhaps… With Kerry Airport on our doorstep, (best airport in the world IMO!) so many destinations available to us AND the summer holidays, just around the corner – I thought my June article would be perfect timing to write this article.

The boring stuff – but absolutely essential…..

Just the Ticket pouch from the Kilkenny Store

Let’s get this stuff out of the way first – Passport, travel insurance, any covid related documentation, boarding pass, sunglasses, charger, adapters, wallet, earphones, face masks and disinfectant wipes. Check? Done…now let’s get packing!

Carry – on ‘handbag’ – The MVP…

Hobbs bag. Available at

I always push this to the absolute max and bring the biggest ‘handbag’ I own. I pack all the above essentials in a mini pouch and place in this bag. It just means you are not fishing around frantically looking for your boarding pass at check in, after a glass or two of vino at the airport bar! I pack a large neutral scarf, usually beige, that can work also as a mini blanket on the plane and perfect to throw over your shoulders on cooler summer evenings. I sometimes pack one or two other handbags and anything heavy/valuable that will weigh down your carry-on luggage in this bag. I recently bought this big basket bag from Hobbs and I absolutely adore it. The quality is amazing, it fits a ton and looks so chic.


Caudalie Sunscreen

Not to state the obvious, but toiletries weigh a ton. I buy mini empty bottles in Penney’s or Boots and fill them up with all my favourites beauty favourites. I have quite sensitive skin, so I either get minis of my sunscreen or fill up the mini bottles. I absolutely adore Caudalie, as its gentle on my skin, water-resistant, respects the marine ecosystems and smells amazing!

Louise Cooney via Instagram

Airport Chic…
I like to look stylish and put together at the airport, yet practical and comfy. If I’m trying to pack light, I will generally wear this outfit on the way home too, with maybe a different top. I will wear my sunhat to the airport and heaviest shoes, to keep space in my luggage.

A classic airport ootd is a pair of trainers, bicycle shorts or leggings, tee and oversized blazer. The blazer can be then worn on nights out, thrown over your pretty summer dress.

Back to basics…

Next – shorts

You want to be comfy on holidays, so I would always pack some relaxed layers and loose cuts. Choose a colour palette for your holiday wardrobe, so you can mix and match with other outfits. Warm shades of brown and orange are the perfect partner to blue skies. Or keep in neutral with beige, cream and khaki. I love navy and white stripes in summer and classic staples in cream or white are my absolute favourites for a fresh take.

Definitely pack a pair of denim and linen shorts. I love this denim pair from Next, as they are high waisted, and wide on the leg, so ultra-flattering. Of course, pack a couple of light tanks and tee’s to go with the aforementioned shorts.

All of the Linen…

H&M linen shirt

Linen is the ultimate summer vibe! Pack at least two linen shirts, one semi fitted and one more relaxed or oversized. They will probably be your most worn summer items on your holiday and can be worn so many ways. Pair your relaxed white linen shirt over your bathing suit, as a chic cover up or knot it up with a pair of linen or denim shorts. The high street do amazing linen at really affordable prices.

Pretty Dresses…

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This is where I fall down! I tend to pack a pretty dress for each night! They are light, so see what you can fit in. I’d recommend a LBD, a maxi and one or two shorts dresses you can wear from day to night! Also, a nice flowy dress is super handy for those hot and sticky days (or when you are feeling bloated towards the end of the holiday ).

Shoes, glorious shoes!

Castañer wedges via
Zara slides from

Like most women, I adore shoes and have quite the collection. But really when you are up against Ryanair and their strict weight rules, you really only need three pairs max! Trainers for the airport and also walking and exploring whilst away, a neutral pair of flip flips and wedges/high sandals. Think tan, black or any metallics so you are guaranteed they will go with every outfit.


Swim suits don’t take up a ton of space, but I try to pack two or three suits in total. One bikini for tanning and one or two one-pieces that can double up as tops with shorts.

So, if you are lucky enough to be going out foreign as they say, I hope you find the above guide helpful. We have all gone a bit rusty when it comes to travel in a post Covid world. Enjoy yourself, make memories and have a drink for me! Cheers to Summer Holidays 2022! Keep an eye on my Facebook and Instagram to see how I style my outfits. For any fashion or beauty queries, please email

Laura xxx

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