Packing for a weekend trip (when you have to dress conservatively)

Now that’s a title for the ages. The idea for this post came from a trip Giulio and I have coming up. We’re going to Jerusalem for a long weekend in September. It’s not unusual for us to visit ridiculously far off places and spend a ridiculously short amounts of time there. The concept of a relaxing holiday is completely foreign to us. A boho chic colorful printed caftan dress embraces your heritage and traditional roots.Loose and free-flowing in gorgeous bright colors, the caftan dress makes a bohemian fashion statement regardless of the occasion. purchase long kraftan dresses here made in fine muslin or cotton were worn by men and women in ancient Mesopotamia and thereafter in Africa and Asia. Today, the fashionista carries long and short caftan dresses as her essential must haves, and you can connect to your roots proudly by slipping into an embellished caftan. From loungers to dressy caftans look effortlessly glamorous in any of our stylish kaftans. Misses and plus-size caftans with colorful prints flatter any figure. Embellished with beads around the neckline or check the trendy georgette sheer caftans that accent your figure at the beach. Swim coverups, luxurious and comfortably soft, slip over caftan maxi dresses work for any body shape. Plus size or misses, wear as an evening gown or resort dress with platform wedges and you can rock to the beats at a music festival. Be trendy and passionately bohemian in bold colors, tribal ethnic prints and glamorous rhinestones the caftan is a stylish wardrobe essential that you can wear to girlfriend lunches, family events and beach festivals. From playfully chic to casually elegant, create any look you love with our cotton printed caftans or the embroidered kaftan maxi dresses. A long caftan dress shows your sophisticated style or slip on a short caftan, which shows off your legs with sexy heels. Wear the shorter caftans with leggings on colder days or on the sunny beach as bikini coverups.

I’m really looking forward to Jerusalem, but I’m not looking forward to packing this time. I know for sure I’ll let White & Company take care of all this for my next trip to the US since they offer one of the best services for shipping to usa and many other countries.

Like a lot of the destinations we’ve visited (Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul), you’re expected to dress conservatively. I sound like the ultimate harlot, but shorts and short dresses are my usual holiday attire and I can’t help but moan when I pull out my long skirts. It’s not that I object to dressing conservatively. It’s a very religious place. Like if Venice’s St Mark’s Cathedral was an entire city.

The dress code for this holiday is covered shoulders, long skirts and closed shoes. When you pair that with 40°C weather, it’s no wonder I always do a rubbish job and spend the holiday hating how I’m dressed. So this time, I thought I would take a preemptive step and plan ahead.

Since I assume I’m not the only one who struggles with this, I thought I would share my packing guide, which is entirely dedicated to smart, versatile pieces and not about lugging around your entire wardrobe. So here we go!

Obviously, I didn’t go out and buy a whole new wardrobe for this trip, but most of the pieces are from Australia or really old, so in an effort to make this list wearable, I’ve sourced all new pieces that are very similar to what I have in my closet. I stuck almost exclusively to Zara and H&M because they’re the only two brands I shop at.

DRESSES: blue wrap around, black jumpsuitBOTTOMS:  black silk trousers, tie dye skirt, candy stripped mid-lengthSHOES: ballerina flats, tan slip on sandalsTOPS: white frilled, silk cami, white shirt, CARDIGANS: grey cashmere jumper, cream cardigan, pastel kimono, ACCESSORIES: light weight shawl, tan shopper, tassel necklace, floral bikini

DAY 1: TRAVEL

The flight to Tel Aviv is almost 4 hours, so I want to be comfortable and not constricted, hence the silk pyjama-style pants and top. I’m adding a cream cardigan here just in case I get cold and some comfortable shoes.

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DAY 2: RELIGIOUS TREK

Today we’ll be seeing the majority of Jerusalem’s religious sights. You’re expected to dress modestly throughout the city, but here it’s shoulders covered, long skirts and closed shoes. You’re not even allowed to wear pants, which would be easier to spend the day in. But since I’m all covered up, I thought I would push the boundaries with a shirt and skirt combination made from light and breezy silk. I’m also bringing a light-weight shawl in case I have to cover my hair. It’s something I recommend you always have on you in conservative destinations just in case you’re not modest enough!

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DAY 3: MUSEUM HOPPING

Today we’re still in Jerusalem, but we’re not seeing any religious sights, so I can relax my look a tiny bit. I’m still donning a knee length skirt and covering my shoulders, but I’ve switched the ballerina flats for a pair of comfortable sandals. I’m tying the look together with a necklace I made. Here’s the DIY if you want to make one too!

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DAY 4: PETRA

We’re off to Jordan! The bus leaves at 5am and while the country isn’t as conservative as Israel, I’m still trying to look respectful in a black jumpsuit with a silk kimono to cover my shoulders. Since we’ll be scrambling up and down Petra, which is an ancient lost city, I want to wear something I can move in. I’m bringing along my grey cashmere sweater because I hear the evenings get quite cool in the dessert.

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DAY 5: BEACH DAY

We’re headed to the Dead Sea today. I’m recycling my silk kimono on the beach as a coverall and switching into a simple wrap around dress for the rest of the day.

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DAY 6: TRAVEL

Today we head home and I’m wearing a few of the pieces I had on earlier in the week and bringing my shawl along on the plane in case it’s cold!

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It sounds like a lot for a weekend away, but everything is light weight and wouldn’t fill a carry on bag, so you have plenty of space for souvenirs.

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