Minimalist Travel: Flat Packing Tips for European Summer Getaways
Date Updated: 21/07/2023
Waterproof, durable, versatile, elegant, and timelessly chic, your Salt-Water Sandals are designed to pack flat and last through the seasons, making them the quintessential summer sandal for sunny European holidays. But even the perfect summer footwear needs a wardrobe to match—one with all the style and adventure, and none of the bulk or fuss. Master the art of flat packing with our top tips for minimalist travel in Europe, Salt-Water style.
Plan your outfits strategically.
A capsule wardrobe consisting of essential basics is key to minimalist travel. Opt for multi-purpose pieces that can be mixed and matched effortlessly. This might be a lightweight jacket that doubles as a raincoat for unexpected summer showers, or an extra-large, lightweight scarf that can double as a swimsuit cover-up, wrap skirt, or even to cover bare shoulders should you decide to pop into a stunning little baroque church.
Coordinate your color palette.
Choose a cohesive color palette for your European summer wardrobe. That way, it’s easy to mix and match pieces, coordinate outfits and maximize your options. Neutrals like black, white, and beige are timeless choices; your accessories and footwear can be the pop of color in a monochromatic look. Cherry red, yellow, or cobalt blue Salties, anyone? Otherwise, opt for metallic sandals that can easily transition from day to night.
Pack lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabrics
Like your Salties, your travel wardrobe should be made to last throughout the seasons. Choose quality clothing made from light, durable fabrics that can withstand the wear of life on the road. Natural fabrics like linen, chambray and rayon are lightweight and resistant to wrinkles, so your outfits look fresh and presentable right out of the suitcase. Silk is incredibly luxe-looking and breathable, while Tencel (also known as lyocell) is a semi-synthetic fabric with excellent moisture-wicking properties, making it suitable for hot and humid climates. Whether you prefer to roll up your clothes or lay them flat, don’t forget to hang your outfits up as soon as you arrive at your destination to smooth out any wrinkles from transit.
Compress, no mess with packing cubes and compression bags.
Organize your outfits using packing cubes and compression bags to maximize space in your suitcase, keep things tidy, and save you the hassle of rummaging around in a messy suitcase. Use different sizes for different categories of clothing; smaller cubes are ideal for light tops, underwear, or accessories, while larger ones can hold bulkier items like sweaters or bottoms. Include a laundry bag to separate dirty clothes from clean ones, while a cube for your Salties prevents them from scratching each other or rubbing up against your clothes. We love packing cubes because they aren't limited to clothing—think chargers, devices, even kids' toys and snacks. Bonus: stuff small items like rolled-up socks, a belt or scarf inside shoes to help them keep their shape.
Keep bottles small and reusable.
Opt for travel-sized toiletries or decant your products into smaller bottles to save space and comply with airport regulations. Bring a reusable water bottle, so you can stay hydrated by filling up after passing through airport security.