What To Pack For Marrakech

We visited in March when the weather can be very unpredictable – it was 30 degrees when we arrived but by the end of the week, plunged to eight degrees at night.  This is not a dressy place so a casual wardrobe is the way to go. I was strongly tempted to go full on boho, but decided to temper my choices to be age appropriate.  I can keep my boho stuff for yoga classes!

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These are my top tips for what to wear:

  • I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but take sensible shoes.  I have a pair of superlight trainers which take up little space or weight in your 20 kg Sensimar Thomson allowance, and although not particularly stylish, save a lot of heartache in the long run.  Wearing trainers allows you to properly explore – so just do it!  Having said that, there’s no way my fashion sense would let me travel in them.
  • Travel in mules – easy to slip off for security and I pack a pair of cosy socks to wear once we are in flight.  My mules are silver, go with everything and are the only pair of shoes I needed for evenings.  Mine are from Dune.
  • Daytime ‘hanging out’ shoes are my silver Office sliders – metallics just go with everything and these take me from pool to lunch, to a short walk out.  I wouldn’t walk more than three miles in them, but I have my trainers for that.
  • A long tunic style shirt for sightseeing – keeps you cool and is modest.  Mine is by East.
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  • Pool wear – to be honest, I’m not much of a sun lover, but do take one cossie, one bikini and a sarong which is more than adequate for the amount of time I spend by the pool.
  • A cardi – it’s cool at night.  I always travel with a cashmere cardi which I wear on the plane with a large cashmere scarf that doubles as a blanket.  Mine is a burgundy colour from Isle.
  • Jeans: one blue, one white.  These are great for casual evening dressing and I just take a couple of pretty tops in silk or cotton.  My favourite, pictured, is orange silk from Monsoon.
  • One dress.  You never know when a dressy opportunity may present itself, so I have a Phase Eight black stretch dress which rolls up crease free for packing.  It doesn’t matter if I don’t wear it, but it’s a useful option.
  • Now, I did say not too much boho, but I did indulge a bit with a fringed, embroidered kimono which was useful for covering up when out and about.  Morocco is a Muslim country and it’s important to be respectful and not flash too much flesh, so this was perfect.  It’s advised to keep your shoulders covered when out, so anything light over a vest top would work.

 

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  • I would never wear shorts, but my advice if you do, would be keep them knee length.
  • My khaki walking pants – not a great look, but I don’t go walking on holiday without them.  Light as a feather and don’t show the dirt!
  • I carried my trusty leather hobo bag and it was perfect: you need lots of space for shopping!  I bought this in New York last year and worried about the pale colour, but it really is so useful.

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  • A teeny shoulder bag.  Enough to carry my iPhone and to keep over my shoulder when in the hotel.

That’s pretty much it for clothes – I didn’t take much jewellery (and nothing of value) as I knew I would buy some bits in the souks – which of course I did.  I also succumbed to some rather lovely slippers.  Happy packing!

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Packing for Geneva

We’re off to Geneva for just a couple of days this month.  This is what I’m planning to take.

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It’s hand luggage only, so everything has to mix and match.  That’s why I’m going for a navy theme.  The outfit on the back of this door is what I’ll be travelling in:

Straw Hat (M&S)

Breton wool tee (Two Danes)

Jeans (Debenhams)

Long navy cardigan (M&S)

Leather saddle bag

I’ll be adding to this a baby blue cashmere stole and electric blue trainers.

In my carry on bag:

Nude jewel sandals, navy tee, chiffon blouse, white jeans, vest tops.

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My minimal beauty bag contains Clinique City Block, Clarins body oil, a few samples, sun cream, a couple of Clinique lippies, mascara and a Benefit blusher.

Only time will tell if I have enough stuff but there are always shops in Geneva and I have these very pretty Swiss Francs to spend.

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Packing For A Short Break: Fifty Plus Style

In these days of one piece of hand luggage only, I found it quite a challenge to squeeze in everything I needed for a four day hop across the channel to Jersey on Easyjet.  I thought I’d share what I packed..  Some are samples which are perfect for travel and others are firm favourites.DSCF1295

  1. Clinique Super City Block 40 SPF.  My daily summer moisturiser which I always take on holiday.
  2. L’occitaine Ultra Gentle Moisturiser sample for bedtime
  3. Molton Brown Replenishing Hand Cream sample
  4. Rimmel Scandaleyes XTreme mascara full size
  5. Barbara Daly full size solid foundation compact.  Ideal for travel.
  6. NO 7 lipstick in Bewitched.  Goes with everything.
  7. Maybelline Colour Tattoo gold eyeshadow.  Nice and compact, can wear a little or a lot to suit the occasion.
  8. Sanctuary Spa Smooth Body Lotion travel size
  9. Liz Earle Naturally Active Cleanse and Polish travel size plus a flannel.
  10. Max Factor Mastertouch undereye concealer full size
  11. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer sample
  12. Bourjois blusher full size.  Has a handy little brush..
  13. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.  This is a handbag size hand treatment but I’ll use it for my poor sightseeing feet.
  14. John Frieda shampoo and conditioner samples

For my wardrobe I picked a navy, blue and white colour theme to make it easy to mix and match.  Evening outfits: pink and grey.

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  1. Navy cashmere sweater
  2. Selection of blue, white and grey tops
  3. Trainers for sightseeing
  4. Blue jeans
  5. Blue down jacket from Uniqlo which squashes down to nothing
  6. Two evening dresses, one from M&S, one from Monsoon
  7. One pair black of Carvela heels which go with both dresses
  8. Black skinny jeans for travelling and for the other two evenings
  9. Black patent leather boots for travel and nights out
  10. Black patent handbag which goes with everything
  11. A pale pink Monsoon wrap which works with both dresses and for travel.DSCF1701

Everything fitted in one carry on bag and left room for some extra purchases of course!

I’ll post an update on the holiday soon!