Packing for Portugal

I’m so excited to be going to Portugal for the first time! We’re going to Lisbon, the countryside North of Lisbon and the Algarve so if you have any tips, do let me know.The first point of call will be Lisbon so I need flat shoes for walking and negotiating those hills, a decent sized bag for carrying my whole family’s bits and pieces and dresses to keep cool. (Do note that a lot of these pieces I have collected over the years, so if they are now sold out, I have linked to similar things.)


I’ve also had a last-minute shopping spree for a few more casual and fashion-forward pieces:


White accessories always look great with a tan and I needed some new trainers as most of mine are leather which is just too hot. A splash of animal print which I’ll be pairing with some basic white linen, denim shorts and clashing prints and lastly a bit of tie-dye (eeek!) which as it’s a man’s tee I’ll be using as a pool/beach cover-up/dress as well as slung over some denim shorts. Unfortunately the cami by Nanushka was the last in stock so I have linked to one similar.


The trainers are so comfy and true to size, the ATP sandals are a bit of a love/hate shoe – they do them in lots of different colours. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like them but there’s something refreshingly Β modern about them and in white they look as if they could be by Celine and appear a lot more expensive than they are. The leather is really nice quality and providing you size up one they seem really comfortable.

I love the new Ganni leopard-print bag: it’s so roomy and can be worn over the shoulder and packed up small. I know it’s going to be a real workhorse and am already tempted to get another in zebra-print (here).

Heading into the countryside I’ll be in need of some pool-side bikinis, cover-ups and dresses for the evening:


I always tend to pack different dresses – sleeveless, shorter ones for hot days and long sleeved, longer dresses for cooler evenings/when you want to cover-up more or hide from mosquitoes.

Then onto the Algarve I anticipate more casual, beach days:


Accessories are key to a great holiday wardrobe and sometimes a change of bag and a great pair of earrings can make all the difference.




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