Packing for Sri Lanka

I’m currently counting the days to when I jet off to Sri Lanka – am so excited to be returning to this beautiful verdant country after so many years. As I haven’t been on a tropical holiday for quite some time, I’m finding packing quite a challenge as, as usual I just want to take everything!

I still have yet to master the art of travelling light and quite frankly have given up trying. At least my hubbby will already be in Sri Lanka so by the time he witnesses the overpacking it will be too late!

Bags, bags and more bags seem to be flying into the suitcase:

Well, it would seem that these babies are screaming out for a tropical paradise don’t you think?!

I adore Figue for their pompom bags amongst other things. Their totes are excellent as they are made of the most beautiful materials but have a practical drawstring top which keeps things secure plus the handles are made of beautifully soft leather which are really comfortable to hold in the hand or on the shoulder. I was lucky enough to pick this one up in the sale at Matches Fashion. They’re a brand I keep my eye on as they have some beautifully eclectic pieces. The Jimmy Choo palm tree candy clutch I got in the Summer sales (they can often be found on Vestaire Collective & eBay) – I have a couple of these now as I like the fact that though they’re a clutch they do have a chain and they’re wipe clean which is pretty handy if you’ve got kids or are a messy eater!

I’m so obsessed with Gucci snakes at the moment and am still feeling guilty about buying this clutch from MyTheresa but the detail of it is incredible. The Dream Daze clutch from Matches Fashion was one of those items that I fell in love with instantly but managed to hold off to buy until it went in the sales (currently still in the sales). It’s so adorable with the bird clasp and I love that it’s hand painted.

Shoes are another item I always pack too many of:

I’m packing half nudes as they’re so flattering, and half colourful – because it would be crazy not too. Just one pair of heels in the form of a practical wedge so I won’t get stuck in the vegetation! (All these apart from the TKEES flip flops are old, although occasionally pop up in pre-loved stores.)

No holiday is complete without some beloved Missoni of course!

The first two pieces I picked up in the sales and the last two pieces I snapped up from The Outnet last week. I always look out for Missoni in the sales as I just adore the colours and patterns aswell as the fact that it doesn’t need ironing!

Bikinis, bikinis, bikinis:

All Heidi Klein – I love that I can mix and match them, although the prices are quite eye watering. (The blue bottoms are currently on The Outnet with a few other pieces.)

Tops:

These will be mixed & matched with shorts & trousers. I decided to throw in some technical fabrics from Sweaty Betty as they should keep me cool in the high humidity. I also thought it maybe wise to add some tops that will cover my shoulders so I can be more modest when required. I fell in love with the Isabel Marant & March 11 long-sleeve tops as soon as I saw them, whereas the other items are more practical but made of beautifully soft materials which make them a pleasure to wear in a hot climate.

I’ll also be packing a few pairs of shorts, trousers and a couple of dresses:

Denim shorts are always a must and trousers are great if you’re in a place with loads of mosquitoes or just need to cover up a bit more. I really love the print of these Mikoh ones and they have a nice relaxed fit along with really light, soft fabric. I’ll also take an old pair of very vibrant Issa trousers as they travel so well and have a matching top – a bit like pyjama dressing which I love for it’s chic simplicity as well as comfort. I’ve had this Halston Heritage dress for ages but have never worn it – the colour looks great with a tan.

I have a feeling they’ll definitely be other things sneaking into the suitcase! If anyone has any tips on packing – let me know! I’ll also do a short post on my long haul flying essentials before I go.

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