Packing Holiday Capsule Wardrobes for the Whole Family

Packing Holiday Capsule Wardrobes for the Whole Family

Have you decided that travelling light is the only way to go for your next family holiday?

Whether you’re only taking hand luggage essentials so you can save money on flights, or washing and ironing mountains of unworn clothes has scarred you for life, putting together holiday capsule wardrobes is a great way to get the whole family organised.

On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and finding that you’ve forgotten to pack something essential – or worse yet, taking on a hefty fee at the airport because your bag is too heavy or the wrong size.

So first things first, make sure you’ve checked your airline’s restrictions – you can find them all here.

Then it’s time to nail your packing skills with a little help from Peacocks.

Read on for our top tips.

Leave behind your “I’ll decide when I get there” mentality


If you’re afraid of taking the tags off, you probably don’t want to keep it. Try it on again and make a return pile – you can worry about sending those back once you get home.

If you bought it on a whim two years ago and always tell yourself that its holidaywear, but you’ve failed to find the right occasion on your last two getaways, it’s probably time to drop it in a charity shop.

In short, when you’re wondering if you really need it, the reality is that you probably don’t.

Versatile basics are outfit builders


Beach holidays are an opportunity to wear bright colours and patterns that might ordinarily feel a little too wild for everyday, but that doesn’t mean you need to banish neutrals and darks altogether!

Versatile shades can form the basis of your outfit – take these gorgeous white shorts. Not only is linen the fabric of the season, but it’s super breathable and comfy. You can take five summery tops to wear with these beauties and you’ve got five unique outfits, for day or night.

Take one or two swimsuits, maximum!


Most people tend to have a favourite swimsuit and we often don’t realise until we arrive on holiday and the beach is looming. Of course swimwear can be a touchy subject – it’s about as close as most of us will get to being naked in public and many people don’t want to face the prospect until they arrive in sunnier climes.

If this describes you, just remember, when you’re boiling by the pool or you want to top up your tan, baring all won’t seem anywhere near as daunting. Face it now: have a pamper evening and try on your options with flip-flops, kaftan and sunhat – the works! – before settling on your favourite one or two.

Be honest with yourself about which styles make you feel good and forget about trends for the moment – if high-leg swimsuits (à la Baywatch) don’t feel right, high-waisted two pieces are still giving them a run for their money in the style stakes this season.

Her capsule must-haves for under £100


From our on-trend gingham bathing suit at just £22 to our must-have £7 tinted shades, you can get all of our women’s essentials for just £96.

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Gingham swimsuit: £22
Blue playsuit: £14
Floral Jumpsuit: £25
Sunglasses, bottom left: £7
Tassel earrings: £5
Straw hat: £8
Ruffle top: £15

His suitcase essentials for under £75


Stylish, chilled out and affordable should be our middle names with men’s holiday clothes like these. Get all of your poolside favourites for £74.20!

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Tortoiseshell sunglasses: £5
Trilby hat: £6
Tropical shirt: £14
Black denim shorts: £14
White vest: £3.20
Coral swimshorts: £8
Malibu vest: £8
Blue denim shorts: £16

The little lady’s haul for £45


Spoil your daughter for less – just in time for the holidays! She’ll be the most adorable princess on the beach whether she dons t-shirt and shorts or a pretty dress, but you can pick up the lot for £45!

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Round sunglasses: £4
Floral t-shirt (mixed three-pack): £7
White dress: £12
Llama t-shirt: £5
Candy stripe dress: £12
Pink tankini: £5

The little man’s stylish basics for under £35


With a little help from Peacocks, you can ensure that your son is the best-dressed boy in the hotel, whether he’s looking for a new pair of boardshorts or the sweetest of smart shirts. Nab these essentials for £34.50!

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Leaf-print shirt, top left: £12
Dark-blue shirt, middle left: £7
White t-shirt (mixed three-pack): £7
Orange boardshorts: £5
Captain trouble t-shirt: £3.50

Packing for the whole family single-handedly? We hope our advice helps you to get the job done in style, without emptying your purse. If you’re a seasoned family packer, we’d love to hear your tips for travelling light – drop us a message on Facebook or Instagram, today.


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