I had an email from a lovely reader the other day asking for tips on what to pack for a trip to New Zealand in Springtime. The 12 day trip would include an 8 day coach tour and the brief was that she would be doing quite a bit of walking around various places, so comfortable clothing was a prerequisite, so too was looking smart, but not the old mutton trying to look like lamb!
I’ve put together a suggested packing list and some style boards to help anyone going on a coach tour. A list which could be adopted for any spring holidays involving travelling and sightseeing.
From my calculations, New Zealand will most likely be a little chilly, and as it will be springtime, the weather could be let’s say, variable.Which means, pack for every eventuality and layer! Which is exactly what I did myself on a coach tour around Europe in Springtime, below. The code was: Show pony jacket, a blouse which went with at least three pairs of bottoms, and what you can’t see here, a light cardi.
Suggested Packing List
- Two pairs of cut offs or capri pants – a white pair and a darker pair
- One pair of black ponti pants (slim or wide depending on your preference)
- One pair of jeans (blue or black, stretch or otherwise comfortable)
- Two short sleeved t-shirts that can be worn with cut-offs or jeans
- One cardigan to match the above
- One long sleeved or three quarter sleeved T-shirt style top (longer length to cover tum and bum)
- One casual lightweight, colourful non-crease blouse (could be tunic style, longer length) that you can wear with the cut offs and jeans
- One white blouse (possibly longer length to cover tum and bum) that you can dress up to wear with black ponti pants go out in, or dress down to wear with jeans.
- One non-crease little black dress (or other dress) for night-time.
- One fun and flirty day dress that’s comfortable.
- One short cardigan/shrug that will match both dresses
- One longer cardigan, possibly a waterfall cardigan that would be flattering with your black ponti pants, jeans and the night-time dress
- One warm jumper or sweatshirt
- One lightweight fleecey zip up jacket (perhaps a bit of a show pony piece)
- One reasonably lightweight but warm jacket (rain jacket) to wear or take as hand luggage on the plane or coach. This needs to match everything so consider black or maybe tan.
- One scarf that matches most things – could be a pashmina, or a long silky scarf in multiple colours.
- One cap or sun hat
- One go-anywhere handbag or consider a small day rucksack instead
- One small night-time clutch bag.
- Sports bra that’s comfy for plane flight, and walking, plus a good fitting white bra, and a black bra.
- Two pairs of socks, 7 pairs of pants
- Trainers. Walking sandals, in nude or tan that are comfortable for walking. Flat black boots. One pair of smart shoes to wear out at night (possibly small wedges in nude or black).
- Makeup and accessories
- Prescription medicines
- One or two small sachets of laundry wash so that you can wash out ‘smalls’ overnight in the hotel bathrooms.
Travelling Wardrobe Mix ‘n Match Ideas
So here are some ideas, mostly from Millers Fashions, because I love the prices, and I love the way this store mixes and matches new season styles – perfect for putting a tight capsule wardrobe together for travelling. I’ve also added in a slightly more expensive little black dress from Metalicus because I think it would take you from day to night quite easily and be versatile as well as being easy to wear. (Metalicus have some other useful dresses you might want to look at too). All clothes and shoes are from Millers unless otherwise stated.
I’ve written about Ponte Pants Here with more suggestions on how to style them.
Top Tips for travelling clothes
- Stick to a tight palette of colours
- Base several looks around one show-stopping item. Could be a lightweight jacket or a bright blouse. You don’t always have to wear the show stopping item, but when you’re bored of your limited wardrobe on holiday I think it’s nice to feel ‘dressy’ again.
- Go for machine wash, non-iron, non crease clothing as far as possible.
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