What to Pack for Malta in April Packing Light

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Camisole • H&M | Striped Shirt • Mango | White Blouse • H&M | Grey T-shirt • H&M | Black Blouse • H&M | Grey Sweater • Madewell | Camel Pullover •  H&M | Long Cardigan • Uniqlo | Jacket • Zara | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Denim • Gap | Black Trousers • H&M | Dress • Topshop | Light Scarf • Mango | Dark Scarf • Mango | Hat • Ralph Lauren | Sunglasses • Cole Haan | Sneakers • Converse | Embroidered Flats • Free People | Boots • Nine West | Cognac Purse • Patricia Nash | Crossbody • Steve Madden |

You will notice that I specified that this list is for what to Pack for Malta in April. While it will technically cover most of the spring/fall weather, as you go into May and the temperatures rise you will need to pick options that are more suited for the warming weather. In the summer months Malta can be quite hot and a warm weather destination list will be needed.

In April Malta’s temperatures average 18°C – 22°C and if you go to the predicted weather you will see that it looks as though this April will follow suit. The lows can be in the early teens and the wind and evenings can lean towards cool at this time of year so layers will be your friend, but note that even when it is not summer the sun is strong so a high SPF suntan lotion is recommended.

Malta is known as quite a casual city so a smart-casual wardrobe will be completely appropriate. Jeans are a popular choice through all the seasons (even during the hot summer paired with camisoles, sandals, and cuffed). Dining out is generally a casual affair, even in expensive restaurants, and outdoor seating is a popular choice. It is also important to note that Malta is a devoutly religious Catholic  country, so cathedrals and churches may refuse you entry if you are not appropriately attired (covered shoulders and knees in both men and women, and oversized scarves come in handy for this reason if your shoulders are uncovered). I chose some embroidered flats since the rest of the wardrobe is quite neutral the flats bring a fun, accent piece to the choices without be overwhelming.

Most of the shorelines are rocky so flats are a good choice. While the temperatures are ideal at this time of year I chose to include a light jacket that also doubles as a blazer style coat but is roomy enough to layer a sweater under when the temperatures drop at night, or if you are touring the underground temples, war rooms, or catacombs.

I received two requests for Malta over the last few weeks and both were for spring so I thought I should jump on that since those trips coming up fast. I hope this can give you some ideas on what kind of things to bring with you and will show you how you can wear them to get the most options in the next post.

*Just as I posted this I read an article saying that Malta’s Azure window which is a popular tourist attraction collapsed in to the sea from high winds. Although not unexpected because of natural corrosion it’s still sad to lose such a beautiful site.

The morbid me really wants to tour some catacombs. Have you ever been to any?

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What to Wear in Dublin Ireland Outfit Options

What to Wear in Dublin, Ireland Outfit Options 1-12 Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

Black Camisole • H&M | White T-shirt • J. Crew | Green Long Sleeve • Mango | Polka Dot Print Blouse • Mango | White Classic Blouse • Gap | Black Sweater • Mango | Grey Cardigan • Uniqlo | Kimono • Zara | Trench • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Jeans • Gap | Black Trousers • Mango | Black Dress • Mango | Scarf • Pistil | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • Karen Millen | Flats • Dolce Vita | Boots • H&M | Brown Purse • Fiorelli | Crossbody • Asos |

Well, it happened. It got cold again. In the midst of the completely unseasonal weather we have had I woke up to one of the coldest days of the season. Which probably feels even colder because of the warm spell. I had to take my winter coat out from the back of the closet where I had hoped it would stay until next year. I would have preferred to just hibernate indoors today since it’s getting back to warmer temperatures again this weekend but I had to return some library books.

It’s 7:30 pm on Thursday I am drinking my fifth coffee of the day trying to get some energy. It reminds me of when I used to work the evening shift in retail and the mall would get dead at this time. We would all be tired and needing motivation so I would go down and buy some coffees from the food court and then we would all use the downtime to clean the store for closing with our caffeine highs ;)  I’m hoping this coffee gives me the same boost because I just feel so tired and out of it today and I still need to clean up the house to a respectable level.  I am glad that I finished my collage for this post last night, so it’s just a matter of putting up some words (which I obviously did since it’s now posted).

These are the 12 outfit options that I put together from the pieces in the What to Pack for Dublin, Ireland post. If you haven’t read that post I put it together for a women going to Ireland in July. She will have work colleagues there so she wanted to keep it classy but casual. I noted that on average it doesn’t get extremely hot in July (a comfortable 16-18°C) but can be very unpredictable and fluctuate a lot in 24 hours, so layers are important for this reason. To keep it classy I included some dressier tops, to pair with more casual jeans. Black trousers and a dress are good for dressing up, and I also included a kimono top (which can be swapped for a blazer) that can be worn as both a belted top or open over other shirts. I only included two pairs of shoes since this is only for 6 days but some may feel the need to include a third pair. Also remember that your travel outfit is picked from these pieces, not in addition to.

I thought that since February was over I would be done with the regular February doldrums. It’s March now, has been nice out and I still feel like I’m not finishing even a fraction of the things I want to get done due to lack of motivation and general blah. Anyone else feeling like this?

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What to Pack for Dublin, Ireland – Packing Light

 

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Camisole • H&M | T-shirt • J. Crew | Long Sleeve • Mango | Print Blouse • Mango | Classic Blouse • Gap | Black Sweater • Mango | Cardigan • Uniqlo | Kimono • Zara | Trench • H&M | Dark Denim • H&M | Casual Jeans • Gap | Black Trousers • Mango | Black Dress • Mango | Scarf • Pistil | Hat • Madewell | Sunglasses • Karen Millen | Flats • Dolce Vita | Boots • H&M | Purse • Fiorelli | Clutch • Asos |

Now that I know that I have Irish in me in a 15-31% range (according the Ancestry DNA) I am feeling a little Irish. I have always had a draw to there which now I can blame on my genes, and St. Patrick’s Day is going to have a whole new meaning this year ;) Today is the first day of March and that tied with St. Patrick’s Day inspired me, so when I got a request for an Ireland packing trip I figured now was a good time.

The request is for a 6 day July trip that was won at work, some co-workers and CEO’s will be there so she is looking for classy/casual wear. First off when you think July your first thoughts go to extreme heat. At least mine do, but the July temperatures in Ireland average 16°C, with a high of 19°C and a low of 12°C , and 23 days of rain. Does this mean the it won’t get hot and it’s going to rain the whole trip? No, but Ireland is notorious for experience all kinds of different weather in a 24 hour period so it’s best to be prepared. It averages 23 days of rain in July but that only means that there might be some period of rain during each of those days, even if it’s just for 5-10 minutes. A compactible umbrella will be handy and can be bought at most locations for cheap so no need to pack one.

With these pieces I tried to keep the casual but put together vibe. Dressy but comfortable shoes, jeans paired with dressier tops,  and pieces that easily transition from day-to-night with a few minor changes. Keep in mind that t-shirts and tanks/camisoles are easy to pack, don’t take much room, and perfect for layering when weather is unpredictable. Remember that your travel outfit comes from these pieces too, not in addition too (so you are not packing every thing in the list). I hope this gives you some ideas of what you can bring with you, and the outfit options are in this post.

Is there a city that you find you are really drawn too for unknown reasons? 

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What to Wear in Tokyo, Japan Outfit Options

What to Wear in Tokyo, Japan Outfit Options 1-12 Packing Light List #packinglight #packinglist #travellight #travel #traveltips #livelovesara

White T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Dressy Top • Mango | Pink Long Sleeve • Mango | White Classic Blouse • Topshop | Black Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Cardigan • Chico’s | Moto Jacket • H&M | Dark Denim • Gap | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Dress • Marks and Spencer | Scarf • Mango | Hat • Vince Camuto | Sunglasses • Rayban | Sneakers • Converse | Flats • Jeffery Campbell | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • Fiorelli | Clutch • Asos |

What a gloriously beautiful day it was yesterday. I literally saw people wearing t-shirts with no jackets and sandals. T.shirts. No Jackets. Sandals……in February. As many years as I have lived in Southern Ontario I cannot remember one winter where we had weather like this. February is generally the coldest month and if it is this nice now, I am not looking forward to summer.

Yesterday I posted a What to Pack for Tokyo, Japan packing light list after several people have requested one. The list is for April which is a prime weather travel time and the month of the Cherry Blossom Festival. In that list I included a few more pieces than usual and I explained this is because you will find most people dress up for dinner in Japan when dining out (or at least swap out their jeans for something a little dressier). For this reason I included both a skirt and a dress in the options, but if you don’t think you will be frequently dining out, or don’t mind wearing the same dinner outfit on repeat then you can easily omit a few pieces. Access to laundry will also help you to pack less.

I noted that it is a good idea to pack easy to remove footwear since it is customary to remove shoes upon entering one’s home. Flats, slip-ons, easy to tie sneakers are all good choices. Knee high, lace up boots may not be ;)

The Cherry Blossom festival was where I got my colour palette inspiration from with a nice light pink accent but if pink isn’t your thing it’s easy to accent another colour since the rest of the pieces are quite neutral. I think a nice yellow or jade green would work well too especially for spring. I hope these selections give you some inspiration.

Is the weather totally bizarre where you are too?

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What to Wear in Tokyo, Japan Outfit Options 13-24 Packing Light List #packinglight #packinglist #travellight #travel #traveltips #livelovesara
White T-shirt • J.Crew | Black Dressy Top • Mango | Pink Long Sleeve • Mango | White Classic Blouse • Topshop | Black Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Sweater • Mango | Cardigan • Chico’s | Moto Jacket • H&M | Dark Denim • Gap | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Dress • Marks and Spencer | Scarf • Mango | Hat • Vince Camuto | Sunglasses • Rayban | Sneakers • Converse | Flats • Jeffery Campbell | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • Fiorelli | Clutch • Asos |

What to Pack for Tokyo, Japan – Packing Light

What to Pack for Toyko, Japan Packing Light List #packinglist #packinglight #travellight #travel #livelovesara

T-shirt • J.Crew | Dressy Top • Mango | Long Sleeve • Mango | Classic Blouse • Topshop | Black Blouse • H&M | Black Sweater • H&M | Grey Pullover • Mango | Cardigan • Chico’s | Light Jacket • H&M | Dark Denim • Gap | Casual Denim • H&M | Black Trousers • H&M | Skirt • Zara | Dress • Marks and Spencer | Scarf • Mango | Hat • Vince Camuto | Sunglasses • Rayban | Sneakers • Converse | Flats • Jeffery Campbell | Boots • Sam Edelman | Purse • Fiorelli | Clutch • Asos |

I received this request multiple times so I figured I should probably do one. The month of April is arguably the best month to visit Japan. It is sunny with spring flowers and the start of the Cherry Blossom Festival which attracts people from all around the world who want to see first hand the beauty of it. The end of April is what they call Golden Week which is are a series of 4 national holidays in spring. They are on non consecutive days but many people use this time to take holidays for the entire week (note that costs of flights increase during this week).

With a daily average around 19°C and one of the lower months for rain, April is a perfect time for travel. The weather becomes chilly at night so extra layers and a light coat will be necessary. Also note that while anything goes clothing-wise for sightseeing (generally speaking, proper attire for religious places may be required) people tend to dress up more for dinner. That means change from your jeans to a skirt/dress/dress pants and your good to go. I’ll also point out that it is customary to remove your shoes before entering people’s homes, this should be taken in to consideration if you are contemplating bringing shoes that are hard to get on and off. I’d stick with slip-on style flats, easy to tie sneakers, or short, easy to get on boots to avoid any issues.

April isn’t usually too rainy so rain gear isn’t necessary. You can always pick up an inexpensive umbrella almost anywhere along the way if necessary. I also wanted to point out that I included more pieces in this list than I usually do. This is because of the dressing up for dinners custom, I added the skirt to have more dressy options. You could easily omit that plus several other pieces if you have access to laundry regularly and it will cut down the list significantly. Remember that your travel outfit comes out of these pieces as well, you do not wear other clothes in addition to the pieces in the lists. It’s all about mix and match pieces and creatively pairing.

Outfit options for these pieces can be found in this post.

Have you ever experiences the Cherry Blossom Festival first hand?

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