Sustainable Packing: What Do You Need to Take With You?

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Packing for your summer holiday can be a challenge at the best of times when it comes to deciding on what to take with you. But, for those with an eye on sustainability and doing their bit for planet preservation, the challenge can be even greater when faced with a multitude of fast fashion solutions and the temptation to indulge in outfits you’ll perhaps only wear once. 

However, we’re here to help. This article will look at how regular holiday-goers can make informed choices on what they buy and pack into their suitcases to ensure they have everything they need for their time away – while also being kind to the planet.

Ditch fast fashion

While some well-known fashion brands do offer eco-friendly ranges, the truth is they may not be quite as ‘green’ as they seem. Certainly, given the controversy surrounding fast fashion giant BooHoo in the press recently, it appears that many sustainable solutions that use recycled materials are not necessarily as eco-friendly or viable as they initially claim.

Naturally, the environmental problems associated with fast fashion are not going to be quick or easy to resolve, but, as individuals, we can make certain choices in the way we buy fashion that can still have a positive impact – particularly with our holiday attire.

Avoid the allure of super on-trend outfits that cost next to nothing and seek out more sustainable options that are made from eco-friendly materials and designed to last for more than a few wears. There are numerous ethical clothing brands now available and, while the initial outlay may cost you more, you’ll get more bang for your buck in the long term, with garments that can be worn on multiple holidays, rather than just one.

Seek out evergreen ensembles

If you’re a fashion-conscious holidaymaker, a trip away may pose the perfect opportunity to experiment with different styles that you wouldn’t typically dare (or be able) to wear at home. This often means you’re left with a wardrobe that’s full of clothes you’ve only worn a handful of times and will probably never wear again. 

However, with some clever wardrobe staples that never go out of style, you can give yourself the perfect canvas for trendy embellishments that will bring them bang up-to-date for your break away.

Opt for garments that offer a timeless style and durability through natural materials, like classic linen dresses, quality denim jeans and shorts and silk tops. These materials can be paired with multiple pieces to create an array of outfits to suit both home and abroad.

With evergreen ensembles, you’ll not only have greater versatility with your wardrobe all year round, but also peace of mind that you won’t be contributing to the estimated 132 million holiday clothes heading for landfill each year – a win for you and the planet.

Pack light with a capsule wardrobe

If you’re looking to pack responsibly for your next holiday, you should also be mindful of packing less clothes to reduce the weight of your bag. This can be done easily by curating a compact and versatile capsule holiday wardrobe.

The key here is to include clothes in your suitcase that can be worn for different scenarios – be it a fancy dinner out or a poolside party. Think trusty denim jeans that work equally as well with smart shirts and shoes as they do with casual t-shirts and sandals; or a stylish maxi-dress that offers a seamless transition from the beach to the bar.

Pink Suitcase

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Whether you’re staying in a backpackers’ hostel in Thailand or a private villa in Lanzarote, take the time to research if there are any washing facilities at your accommodation. This is a great way to lighten the load of your bag and save suitcase space by recycling your holiday wardrobe as you go.

From investing in high-quality, durable garments to steering clear of fast fashion altogether, we hope that, with these tips, you’ll find plenty of ideas for embracing sustainable fashion and lifestyle habits when it comes to packing for your next holiday.

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Nick Ball is Marketing Manager at Optima Villas and has lived on the island of Lanzarote since 2001.

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