09 November 2017

Travel Post: What to Pack for a Holiday in Italy (Clothes)

In the previous blog post I showed you my toiletry, makeup, and on-board skincare bags. Today we're talking clothes and what I'm wearing on an overnight flight to Frankfurt and Rome.

I've tried to follow A Pair And A Spare's 5-4-3-2-1 rule (you can read about it here). The 5-4-3-2-1 is a method to keep you from overpacking: 5 tops (tops, shirts, jackets, knits, everything that goes on "top"), 4 bottoms (skirts, shorts, pants, jeans), 3 dresses, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 bags, 1 hat, 1 watch, 1 pair of sunglasses, and unlimited underwear and accessories. I was very good in keeping to most of this, but I just felt like packing more tops were necessary. November is autumn in Italy and I have no idea what the weather will be like - will it be a Pretoria 20 degrees or a Cape Town 20 degrees? I also didn't want to pack too heavily so I decided on 9 tops (1 tank top, 3 T-shirts, 2 long-sleeved tops, 2 very thin long-sleeved knitwear-like tops (almost like waterfall cardigans), and 1 thick jersey), 3 bottoms (1 pair of black leggings, 1 pair of flower print leggings, 1 pair of boyfriend jeans), 2 dresses (cream and black maxi dress, denim shirt dress), 2 pairs of shoes (1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of canvas sneakers), 2 bags (1 large tote, 1 small cross-body bag), 1 hat (plain sunhat), 1 pair of sunglasses, 1 watch (my Fitbit), and a pashmina.

All the short-sleeved tops as well as the flower print leggings and the denim shirt dress are maternity wear and the rest are "normal" clothes. I've just now realised that all my clothes with the exception of the thick jersey (Pick N Pay Clothing) and belt (Spree) are from Mr Price, H&M, and Woolworths! The tank top, two waterfall cardigans, maxi dress, denim shirt dress, and pajamas are from Mr Price. The three T-shirts (black, white, white with black stripes), both pairs of leggings, the pashmina, and the sneakers are from H&M. The rest - the two long-sleeved shirts, boyfriend jeans, sandals, and cross body bag are all from Woolworths.

Not pictured are three bras, six pairs of underwear, six pairs of secret socks, a sun hat, and a pair of sunglasses. The plan is to do laundry halfway through our trip, and I'm also wearing an outfit on the plane out of this selection.

What I'm wearing on an overnight flight

I normally travel in jeans, but an overnight flight asks for something different. Would you really like to sleep in jeans? I think not. I'll be wearing the denim shirt dress with the black leggings, socks, sneakers, and the long waterfall cardigan. I'll also make sure to wear a comfortable cotton bra (I bought two from PnP that are more like crop tops). I also need to wear compression socks (sexy!) during the flights so I'll wear those underneath my leggings.

And there you have it, a fashion-type post on this blog! I hope you enjoyed it. Please stay tuned for more travel content in coming days.

Until next time!


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