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How to pack for a long trip to a hot country – and His & Hers Rome outfits

Rome outfits
Rome outfits
Rome outfits
Rome outfits

I hadn’t really intended to take outfit pics while on honeymoon, but somehow Dave and I got into this thing where we would take pictures of each other in the same location most days, and I like the results!

My packing was super basic because I did it when sleepy and slightly hungover from our reception, so no major planning went into it, and in any case, I was trying to keep things light, since we were away for 15 days, way longer than we usually go on holiday for.

And I do think I was successful in being efficient in my packing, so I thought I’d share my experiences.

Here’s what I took:
* three skirts
* twelve vest tops (tank tops)
* two tshirts
* two long sleeved tshirts/tops
* two cardigans
* two dresses
* one tunic/short dress thing
* one pair of cords (for the journey back)
* sandals
* lace up plastic patent shoes
* swimsuit
* bikini
* underwear and socks

No jewellery except the rings and stud earrings I was wearing. And I wore everything except one of the cardigans – I usually bring loads of stuff home unworn! I probably could have saved some space by ditching the dresses for more vest tops and maybe another skirt, but I wanted to have the chance to dress up a little. And the socks. When you are going to 40 degree temperatures, you do not need socks for every day!

Another thing that really didn’t pull its weight was my make up bag. Within about two hours, my skin had gone 3 shades darker (I tan easily!), so I couldn’t use my concealer, undereye thing or foundation. And I was so sweaty under my sun glasses that I really didn’t want to chance any other products around my eyes. I think I wore mascara three times in the evenings, otherwise I was completely make up free!

Have you been on long trips without access to a washing machine? Do you have any tips?

More his and hers outfits from the trip can be found here.

Outfit stats:
1. vintage vegetable skirt – beyond retro in brighton, bought on my hen weekend * tshirt – aa, dyed by me * sandals – camper * sunnies – topshop
2. skirt – people tree * vest top – aa * sandals – camper * sunnies – h&m
3. skirt – hand me down from Dave’s mum, shortened and dyed by me * vest – gap or h&m * sandals – camper * sunnies – topshop * badge – gift from photographer
4. jeans – vero moda, dyed by me * top – charity shop * sandals – camper

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  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 30 September 2011, 7:04 am

    You look awesome!  The first two outfits are my faves. 🙂 That's a pretty hefty packing list, but I suppose it has to be for 15 days!  Seems like you two had a blast.

  • oranges_and_apples 30 September 2011, 7:14 am

    Do you think? I thought it was very restrained, and all the outfits were so simple, no layering at all. I'm usually very keen on layering but in the heat of course you cant do that!

  • Terri 30 September 2011, 11:27 am

    I'm amazed that you traveled for so long with this wardrobe.  I really like the second outfit, but I am also impressed that the new husband packed even lighter!

  • Kat Duffy 30 September 2011, 1:31 pm

    Hope you had an amazing honeymoon (and a belated congratulations). that seems so organied, I always end up with mismatched things because I didn't think it through whilst packing.
    it looks like you had a great time? I love your colourful skirt with the red t-shirt in the first picture, quirky & chic xxx

  • Vix 30 September 2011, 3:24 pm

    LOVE these pictures, you are such a stylish & gorgeous couple & a joy to look at.
    I always go away for at least three weeks and never have access to a washing machine. I wash that days clothing in my Lush Karma solid shampoo whilst I'm showering and hang it up to dry overnight.
    I use Eyelure lash extensions before I travel and don't bother with any other makeup except eyeliner.
    I don't bother with underwear and only take one change of shoes but a heap of jewellery and accessories to change the look of my outfits. x

  • Diana 30 September 2011, 6:30 pm

    I didn't pack this much when I went, but I was going for longer (a little over 4 weeks) and we shared one suitcase. I packed very minimal and for washing I took a portable clothesline found for camping normally and handwashed my clothes in the sink or tub, then hung them on our balcony or the clothesline in the bathroom. Here's what I had packed http://www.ourcitylights.org/2011/03/going-to-japan-part-1.html

  • Sadie 30 September 2011, 6:49 pm

    Your packing sounds fairly similar to mine when we went to Italy for ten days last year; I think I ended up taking three skirts, five t-shirts, two pashminas, a lightweight cardi, a couple of pairs of leggings in case the weather was cooler, three bras, about five pairs each of trainer socks and knickers, a pair of sandals and a pair of Converse-style plimsolls. We washed t-shirts and underwear in hotel bathrooms and I managed to mix and match things fairly successfully, and it meant we could manage with one big suitcase for clothes and one little one with books, knitting, and so on – quite important as we travelled by train and spent three nights each in three different places!

  • oranges_and_apples 30 September 2011, 6:50 pm

    Oh totally, if you're going away for that long, you need to wash, and once you wash, you can really cut down. I've done that too when I lived in Belize for three months, but that didn't feel like a trip. For Italy we though the inconvenience of washing in hotels was worse than the inconvenience of having more luggage. It's interesting really, how some people think its lots when I thought I was being really efficient! You should see my usual packing!

  • fuyume 1 October 2011, 9:13 pm

    I think when you have a lovely tan make up isn't necessary besides make up has a habit of melting when the weather is hot! you both look amazing btw and happy 🙂

  • oranges_and_apples 2 October 2011, 1:25 pm

    I had no idea that washing on trips is that common! It would never occur to me to wash for just ten days!

  • oranges_and_apples 2 October 2011, 1:28 pm

    Thank you! I did have a huge spot on my cheek for the second half of the trip so if I'd had make up that was the right shade I would definitely have tried to cover it! Though it did look less bad because of the tan and I dont think you can see it in any of the pictures

  • Helen 2 October 2011, 10:29 pm

    I always pack similar colours so that everything can be mixed & matched, that is my biggest tip. Then you can reuse items and it doesn't seem like the same outfit! I love your skirt in the first photo! 

  • HandmadeJewelrybyLucid 8 October 2011, 3:31 am

    fantastic suggestions! Cool vacay pictures. You didn't mentioned where you guys went…

  • oranges_and_apples 8 October 2011, 6:51 am

    Did I not? I will fix that! We went to Rome and Tuscany.

  • dresscodehighfashion 10 October 2011, 7:25 am

    Hey dear,

    congrats on being chosen for this week`s Links a la Mode! Great post.

    Best, Jenny


    Best, Jenny


  • emilyknightley 11 October 2011, 1:47 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Totally with you on the make-up thing! Have started to really try to only take one or two products on holiday now as I never wear foundation or blusher and rarely put on eye shadow! Great post 🙂

  • Bug 5 March 2012, 9:09 pm

    Nice outfits. I like the red top and turquoise print skirt best – very summery without looking like a Brit on hols!

    I lived in Oz for a year a while back. When packing figured all I needed was a bikini and a newspaper. Boy was I wrong. I spent a fortune on a new wardrobe – so very well done on exercising such restraint!

    Bug @ Bugwear