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View from The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui (Image: Coutesy of ritzcarlton.com)

One of the perks of living in a country of endless summer means you can plan beach getaways all year round. With ample sunny days and exciting new hotel openings—such as The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui—it’s no surprise we’re craving vitamin sea so often. And while seaside escapades provide the perfect outlet for R&R, let's be honest: they're also an opportune time to flaunt envy-inducing vacation looks to your city-bound friends.With limits to what you can bring on holiday, here are our expert tips on how to pack for your trip. Keep your wanderlust alive and your tan game strong without too much extra baggage.


 The Bag

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Image: Courtesy of celine.com

Don’t waste your kilos on the bag. Opt for something light, stylish and durable, like this roomy tote from Celine.

 The OOTD’s

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Tomas Maier x Uniqlo: 'The essential beach-inspired collecion'

When at the beach, a little bit of airy and light elegance can go a long way. Throw out the heavy stuff, like denim. Summer's the time to pop out those floral khaki shorts, boho-chic caftans and flowy dresses. Since they take up so little space, you might even be able to bring an extra look—in case you change your mind at your destination.

 The Agenda

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What to wear for an evening of poolside cocktails? (Image: Courtesy of ritzcarlton.com)

We know, planning is a chore. But it can be fun if done right. Try to figure out the general gist of each day—is Saturday a beach day? Is a romantic candlelit dinner on the cards? Then roughly plan out outfits to go with your schedule to avoid drastic overpacking. This’ll also help you curate the perfect insta-grid for your trip. Again, pack light, versatile clothes, so you can throw in one or two backups in case a spontaneous activity springs up during your getaway.

The Actual Packing


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Roll your clothes. This is the best way of getting stuff packed neatly and space-efficiently into your travel tote. With this in mind, it’s also ideal to choose clothes made from fabric that doesn’t requiring much ironing, allowing you to save space in your bag without worrying about cringe-worthy wrinkles. Roll your clothes up into tight rolls and tuck them into your bag vertically to create plenty of slots for other things in your bag. 

The Double Take

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The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui's enticing stone-designed bathrooms (Image: Courtesy of ritzcarlton.com)

So you're done packing. Now take another good hard look. Is there anything you don't really need? Remember that when you treat yourself to a stay at a very nice hotel, you don't have to worry about lugging your entire vanity cabinet with you. The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, for instance, boasts laundry services as well as bathrooms decked with luxe asprey bathroom amenities, complete with plush robes and slippers, so you can cross those off your to-bring list.

Don't Forget These!

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Tomas Maier x Uniqlo: 'The essential beach-inspired collecion'

Don't forget the three beach statements: statement shades, statement swimsuit and statement scarf. A pair of classic boho beach sandals are also great to bring along. You can also mix and match accessories and outfits to avoid bringing too many of the same types of items.