How To Pack For a 7 Day Beach Holiday With Hand Luggage Only

When we booked our holiday to Malta we decided to go with hand luggage only which would save us some money. I thought this was a great idea until I started thinking... how on earth would I pack everything I needed?! I decided to get organised. We are flying with RyanAir who have notoriously strict hand luggage allowance ~ one item of hand luggage per person, weighing up to a maximum of 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40 cm x 20cm and everything must be carried in your one piece of permitted hand luggage. So you can see my dilemma!

The key to packing smart and light is organisation. Bring a few key pieces which you can mix and match to create the illusion of a full wardrobe. It is important to make a list before you start so that you a) don't over pack or b) forget something important.

Tips & Tricks

  • Roll your clothes. Not only does this take up minimal space but it also is a great way for keeping your clothes relatively crease free. 
  • Separate shoes so they don't take up as much space. 
  • Slot socks and underwear into any gaps or pockets of air that there might be once you have packed everything else. 
  • Pare down your skincare and make up to as little as possible. Remember that liquids must be in bottles under 100ml and a maximum of 1 litre all together. Don't forget that you can buy things such as shampoo and sun cream once you reach your destination. 
What have I packed?
This is what I have packed as it works for me, of course you may like to add or take something away to fit your style. 
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • 3 bikinis
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of sandals ~ for evening wear
  • 5 tank tops
  • 1 cardigan
  • 2 dresses ~ which can be dressed up or down for day or night
  • 2 pairs of shorts ~ cotton & lightweight from Hollister
  • 2 sports bras
  • 1 pair of running/ yoga tights
  • 1 beach bag ~ cotton & lightweight
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 1 belt
  • kindle 
  • phone
  • chargers
Dress in your bulkier items for the plane. I am wearing: skinny jeans (which are also good to wear if the evenings are cooler), tank top, zip up Abercrombie hoodie (as it gets cool on the plane), a lightweight cotton scarf, running shoes (which are comfortable for the flight but I'm also taking them for exercise whist away). 
Skincare & Make Up

This is where all your sample sized products come into their own. I wouldn't call myself a high maintenance kinda gal so my make up is quite simple and straight forward.

  • Loreal Miceller Water (decanted)
  • Charles Worthington Leave-In UV Spray (for my coloured hair!)
  • Clarins Facial Sun Cream
  • Ted Baker Body Wash
  • Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze
  • Clarins Multi Active Night Cream
  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser 
  • Maybelline Rocket Mascara in Black Waterproof
  • Origins Cheeks & Balances
  • Origins Ginzing Eye Cream
  • Origins Dr Weil Serum
  • Clinque Lip Gloss
  • Hoola Bronzer
  • NARS Orgasm Blush
  • Brushes & a little mirror
  • Cotton Wool Pads
I also put my contact lenses in my 'liquids bag' because what they class as a liquid can be a bit random. 

Let me know if you have any top packing tips!