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Having just returned from a family beach holiday with kids and dog included, I started thinking about the art of packing lightly and having all you need for a fun time at the beach.

Even though these holidays were a little more planned and catering for a self contained unit and my family's needs, planning for a perfect beach holiday with or without kids involves the art of travelling lightly and keeping swimwear and beach outfits & accessories super versatile.

Why is packing lightly important?

When embarking on a beach holiday, the last thing you want is to be weighed down by an excessive amount of luggage (especially when you want to do a little shopping while you're away!). Whether jumping on an international flight or travelling with a packed car boot, the art of travelling light not only allows you to move with ease and grace, but it also ensures that you can effortlessly transition from the beach to a glamorous evening outing.

Here are my top tips and tricks for packing lightly and making sure you have all you need for your own comfort and style at a beach destination, so you can fully embrace the sun, sand and sea:

1. Plan your outfits with precision

Before you even think about reaching for your suitcase, take a moment to plan your outfits. Consider the activities you have in mind and the number of days you'll be away. I usually lay out out my clothes in piles on my bed ie. tops, bottoms, swimsuits etc to see how much I need to take. Always think about the "mix and match" concept of versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down. Not only does this save on space but also allows you to effortlessly transition from a day of lounging by the water to a sunset cocktail by the sea. 

And remember, less is more when it comes to beach chic.

2. Pack more than one swimsuit

Even though you're trying to minimise doubling up on similar items to travel light, a number of different swimsuits ie. from two piece to one piece choices, will enable you to layer on tops and dresses to create new beach outfits. Having a number of different swim suits also ensures you're not creating a noticeable tan line - so mix it up and enjoy!

3. Choose lightweight fabrics that work with your swimsuits

When it comes to beach fashion, opt for lightweight fabrics that effortlessly drape over your sun-kissed skin. Linen and cotton are all excellent choices that exude elegance and comfort and best of all they are breathable for hot summer holidays. As dresses and layering options go, an oversized maxi dress or equally, cover ups and beach kimonos are ideal choices for layering with your swimsuit and best of all these are ideal to transition from beach to bar.

4. Accessorise with a statement necklace 

No beach ensemble is complete without the perfect accessories. However, when packing lightly, it's essential to choose your accessories wisely. Opt for versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched with multiple outfits. A wide-brimmed hat (I prefer a panama or even an akubra hat for my beach look) not only protects you from the sun but also adds a touch of glamour. A statement pair of sunglasses and a few carefully selected pieces of jewellery will also elevate your look.

Take a look at our range of artisan crafted jewellery sure to transform you into a beach goddess.

Turquoise pendant and beads

5. Minimise your beauty regime  

Exfoliation is the secret weapon in your quest for the perfect tan. You can pack a Patara Life Luxurious Exfoliating Glove on your next beach holiday. Simply take your glove out of its box to travel light. Even better, include an olive oil soap to place in the glove to prep your skin for gentle sun-bathing?

With a sun-kissed glow, it's much easier to keep beauty products to a minimum. To enhance your summer glow, you can use an SPF tinted moisturiser and a voluminous mascara.

6. Take a beach tote bag

A beach tote bag can double up as a travel and shopping bag which means less handbags to pack.  We love our original design handmade Nadia Linen Woven Tote Bag which adds sophistication to any beach outfit. This beach tote bag can carry upto 4 rolled up peshtemals so its super practical too.

packing lightly with a beach tote bag

7. Embrace the Lightweight Turkish Beach Towel

Beach holidays in Turkey are synonymous with Peshtemals. These lightweight cotton Turkish towels have always been a staple in my suitcase and I don't remember a time when I didn't use them for my beach holidays. 

Being super absorbent and sand-free, Peshtemals or Turkish beach towels are a perfect companion to the sea or poolside. At Patara Life, we range a number of lightweight options that can double up as sarongs, shawls or even beach blankets.

Discover our collection of  Pestemal Towels for packing lightly.


7. Grab the perfect read

Discover the timeless charm of physical books for your beach holiday. I usually take one book I've had on my reading list and once at my destination, swap with another read which has been graciously provided by the host or resort.

In this month's Gourmet Traveller edition (January 2024), Patara Life Kalkan Beach Towel (pictured below) was featured in the "Great Escapes" spread which talks to pairing the perfect read with locations. Check out the complete list here:


Gourmet Traveller book list for packing lightly

 8. Travel light, roll up!

By embracing the art of rolling your clothes and items in your bag, you can transform the way you travel in style. Rolled up items (including your peshtemals) can easily fit side by side in a suitcase or bag and it's also a sure way to keep the wrinkles to a minimum.


Ready to pack lightly for your next beach holiday?

So the next time you embark on a beach holiday destination, remember the art of packing lightly. Embrace the elegance and efficiency it brings to travel light and you will feel all the better for it!

By following these tips, you can master the art of packing lightly for a beach holiday without compromising on style or elegance. Embrace the versatility of your wardrobe, curate your tops and swimsuit collection, choose lightweight fabrics, accessorise thoughtfully, and streamline your beauty routine. With these principles in mind, you can embark on your beach holiday with confidence, knowing that you are the epitome of effortless elegance.

If you have any other packing lightly tips, we would love to hear from you in the comments below.

May your next beach holiday be just around the corner!

Until next light, travel in style.

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