I know there are lots of benefits to travelling solo. There are hundreds of blogs out there dedicated to it, but all of those solo-travellers are missing out on one major advantage of travelling with friends and family and that’s the extra wardrobe you get.
Now I’m not saying I pick my travelling partners based on their gender and clothing sizes but I have noticed a trend when I do, we end up borrowing each others clothes. Especially in Portugal, when I travelled with my sister, Rebecca. Luckily, she’s also a fashion-lover like me and understood exactly what I wanted to achieve when packing for Portugal.
I’m a bit of a weirdo when it comes to packing. I like to research places before I go (mostly by looking at instagram pictures of major landmarks) to get a feel for the place where I’m going. It’s climate, culture and what the locals are wearing/doing. I like to make notes of reoccurring colour schemes so I don’t clash with the environment. Yep. I told you I was a bit of a weirdo.
Portugal was kind to me. I’m someone who loves wearing colour and Portugal is a country full of colour and excitement. I choose a colour scheme of light pink, white and a touch of navy blue. Rebecca likes wearing black (totally not my colour) but made some sacrifices and packed whites and even a pink, pleated skirt. Combined, we had plenty of cute outfits to last us for two weeks ranging from things that will help us in rain or shine. Here you can see us both wearing my pair of MUD Jeans (an amazing ethical brand who uses recycled materials and even allow you to lease a pair of jeans):I mean, really, what’s the point in packing two pairs? Jeans are heavy and take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Share a pair instead!
Here you can see us both sporting my Stella McCartney tote bag:Actually, confession: We only carried the one bag between us and it looked far better with Rebecca’s outfit than mine so she had to carry it. And yeah, that’s the same dress I wore in the first picture but without the skirt. Just call me Lizzie McGuire because I am an outfit repeater.
Sometimes I borrow Rebecca’s stuff too. Here’s me wearing her t-shirt dress with an American Apparel skirt. I really love this combination, so she can consider that top officially stolen.Of course I could have survived just fine with only one suitcase, but sometimes it’s nice to have the extra space. It’s especially nice to share clothes, so if you have someone in your life who is a similar size to you. Steal their clothes! And bring them on holidays with you so you can pack lighter and look more varied in the photo ops.