Men: What To Pack For Your Summer Holiday

Written by Marc | 14/06/2019


How To

Everything but the kitchen sink is a phrase that comes to mind when we think of packing for a holiday. You end up packing all the underwear you own, just in case you have an accident every day, taking enough clothes to do your own runway show when you arrive and paying extra at the airport for more baggage allowance. It’s time to stop. We’ve composed a list of everything you need to pack for every holiday. We’re thinking the slick summer getaway somewhere hot, sipping drinks by the pool and getting tanned. So put your skis and snowboard away. Whether it’s a long weekend in a city with the lads or an all-inclusive resort holiday for a week away with your SO, we have your back.

The Suitcase

First things first you need some luggage. A weekend bag is ideal for both a spontaneous city break or a week on the beach. Pack efficiently and take all your essentials in a handy weekend bag, leave the dreaded wheeled suitcase at home. If you are going for more than a week then opt for cabin sized case like this Eastpak one. 

Ted Baker Holdall bag in brown

Chino Shorts

Simple chino shorts are comfortable to wear and versatile. One pair won’t take up much room in your bag, but they can be the key piece to nearly all your outfits. Opt for a pair in a dark, understated colour as this will allow you to be more resourceful with options in your outfit. These BOSS Casual chino slim shorts are perfect for hitting the beach during the day and dressing up for an evening out. 

BOSS Casual Chino Shorts


Whilst it may seem obvious that you’ll need a pair of sunglasses, you can easily ruin a perfect outfit with the wrong ones. Remember the big neon frames that did their rounds about 10 years ago? Yeah, leave them at home. Play it safe and opt for a classic Rayban Wayfarer or if you do like to go bold,  then take a look at our Lewis Capaldi guide on wearing sunglasses here. 

Moncler ML0042 Sunglasses Black

Plain T-Shirts

What can go wrong with a plain t-shirt? Nothing! That’s what. Many of us opt for those “fun” ones covered in slogans, logos or the phrase “Lads on Tour 2019.” Oh and leave that string vest at home too, that’s not doing anyone any favours. Keep it clean and simple in plain white, grey or navy and you have a piece that can go from day to night.

This BOSS HUGO BOSS triple pack is perfect to pack, it gives you all three colours you’ll need.

BOSS HUGO BOSS Multi Colour Triple Pack T Shirts


When it comes to swimwear, it’s likely that all you’ll be wearing is your swim shorts. Maybe a plain T-shirt and sliders to get to the pool. With these, you can go as bright and bold as you want. Read into the trends and see what style will suit you. These Emporio Armani swim shorts in blue are perfect for those wanting to make a poolside statement.

Emporio Armani Swim Shorts

Printed Shirt

No longer seen as the dad on holiday shirt, printed shirts have made a stylish comeback. Pack one (or five), go wild, go bold. We can’t get enough of a printed shirt. Keep it cool and current with a Cuban collar and a relaxed fit. As long as you aren’t wearing your shirt with your bold printed swim shorts, anything goes. Layer up over a t-shirt and pair it with some chinos for your evening meal or wear it with your chino shorts if you’re hitting the beach.

Levis Classic Camper Short Sleeved Shirt

For more top tips on how to style short-sleeved shirts, click here.


No, not the little burgers, we’re talking about pool sliders. You’ll need a pair to slip on when you get out of the pool and can’t walk on the scorching floor. Find a good lightweight pair that takes up little room in your bag. These Nike sliders are a lightweight, neutral colour and won’t clash with your bold swim shorts. Not everyone likes a slider though, so feel free to choose a classic pair of flip-flops instead – these sliders by Nike though can also be used as pockets, two birds one stone.

Nike Benassi Just Do It Zip Sliders Red

A Sweatshirt

The last item we recommend you pack is a lightweight sweatshirt. This is one time when the song “Weather With You by Crowded House” is not a toe-tapper. You want to get away from the cool, breezy and wet weather not take it with you! But alas we’re not all lucky enough to spend every day in glorious sunshine. Sometimes the weather turns cooler, especially in the evenings. So make sure you have a lightweight sweatshirt packed, just in case. We recommend you go for a light grey colour, it will effortlessly pair with your other key pieces.


Tommy Hilfiger Track Top Sweatshirt


So there you have it – what to pack for every type of holiday. Stop with your panic packing and only take what you’re going to actually wear. Stay with the latest trends and look sharp all holiday.


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