Long weekend at the beach? Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Get out your suitcase and use this list as a handy guide on what to take with you.

Rule 1: Don’t take too much

A maximum of 15 essentials will take you from breach to brunch, from promenades to parties. It’ll fit in a small travel bag – just add in your undies and toiletries, and you’re ready to go.

Rule 2: Pack light and bright

Light weight fabrics and bright colours are made for the sunshine. Go bold with patterns, pick a base colour (white, black, navy). Choosing a couple of accent colours – fuschia and lime green, or lime and royal blue – will give you a capsule wardrobe that works whichever way you coordinate it.

Ladies

  • Maxi dress
  • Sandals
  • Swimwear
  • Wedges
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Smart dress
  • Denim jacket or light cardi
  • Beach bag
  • Beach towel
  • Short sleeve t-shirt x2
  • Capri trousers/white jeans
  • Sunglasses
  • Light scarf

Gentlemen

  • Sandals
  • Driving shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts x2
  • Smart shirt
  • Light jacket
  • Beach bag
  • Beach towel
  • Short sleeve t-shirt x2
  • Linen or lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses

Top tips

  • Don’t take anything too dressy – chances are you won’t wear it, and it’s a waste of space that could be used for something else
  • Pick two or three items of jewellery that coordinate with your colour theme
  • Sun hat, scarf and glasses are as much a part of your wardrobe as any of your clothes. Don’t be afraid to inject colour with these accessories too

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