You can stop wondering what to wear in Ibiza right now – it’s one of the EASIEST places in the entire world to pack for. Ibiza style has always been eclectic and effortless, and 2018 is no different. Here are some tips on what to pack to help your choose your Ibiza outfits.
Postcard perfect beaches. Wellbeing retreats. Famous DJs in the world’s biggest clubs. Whatever your reason for heading to Ibiza in 2018, packing couldn’t be easier. Even though each of the three things that the Balearic Island of Ibiza is best known for comes with a completely different dress code, it won’t be hard to plan a wardrobe that works for all three.
Ibiza is certainly one of the hardest places I’ve ever had to pack for, but it really should have been one of the easiest. In fact, I can’t really think of anywhere that’s easier to pack for – and here’s why.
What to wear in Ibiza
When I was packing for my last trip to the White Isle, it felt like one of the hardest packing missions I’d faced in a while. It’s one of those things that, with hindsight, I made far harder than it needed to be but I couldn’t help being overwhelmed.
Our trip to Ibiza was 10 days long in total. And not knowing how many times we’d hit the clubs or how exactly we’d spend the days – eco catamarans, mountain bikes and lazy days by our private pool were all on the cards – I spent far too many hours trying to pack the right ratio of beach, active and party outfits for a whole week on the island.
Turns out, I was overthinking the whole thing. Massively.
The style & dress code
Ibiza may be an island of contrasts (all night partying followed by all day yoga, anyone?), but the dress code is consistent wherever you go.
And that dress code is nice and simple: wear whatever you like.
Glitter, sequins and risqué bras are almost uniform in the island’s big nightclubs, but you’ll also see gym shorts and jeans among them. And if you thought you’d need to save those festival-style outfits for when the sun goes down, think again. The time of day doesn’t really matter at all in Ibiza. If you want to wear it? You go for it, girl. The best thing about Ibiza is that absolutely anything goes.
Case in point: Even while I was waiting at the police station on a Tuesday morning, two ladies walked in with glitter on them.
Let me add to that: two ladies in their 40’s or 50’s walked into the police station to report a crime with glitter all over their faces.
At first I thought it was from the night before, but then I realised this was part of their beach day look. It was perfectly finished, clearly fresh that morning, and probably the reason why they took an extra 20 minutes to report their own stolen phone.
Not one person blinked or looked twice. So if you’ve been hiding something you feel a little self-conscious in but really want to wear, bring it to Ibiza.
What to wear clubbing in Ibiza
If you’re stressing about what wear in Ibiza clubs – stop right there!
Throw your craziest clothes in or take the trusty denim shorts you spend the entire summer wearing. Nobody cares. You never need to worry about being under- or over-dressed in Ibiza because you can wear as much (or as little) as you want.
That goes for the clubs and it goes for the streets too. But isn’t it just more fun to get dressed up in the evening?
On my last Ibiza trip, I took the usual things you pack for the beach with a selection of lightweight daytime clothes.
I tried to divide my Ibiza outfits into night and day, but I needn’t have bothered. Once we arrived, the divide was history and the clothes I’d initially packed for evening found their way to the beach, while my ‘daytime’ clothes got a tour of some of San Antonio’s best bars. As I said, anything goes!
Easy Ibiza outfit ideas
Instead of telling you what to pack for Ibiza, I’ll leave you with some packing tips. Here are the Ibiza essentials I like to pack when visiting this crazy little island.
My favourite things to wear in Ibiza
The essential I wouldn’t travel to Ibiza without:
1 – Denim shorts
My go-to no matter where I’m travelling, denim shorts are the only bottoms you need in Ibiza. Of course, you can pack other things too, but make sure you have a good pair of denim too.
2 – A glam pair of sunnies
Nothing takes a beach outfit up the ‘glam’ scale quicker than a pair of sunnies. I usually pack oversized, reflective shades – they cover tired eyes AND hide your people watching habits.
3 – A bum bag
I swore I’d never wear a bum bag… and then they became my best friend. Now, a bum bag is my go-to when I want to keep an eye on my valuable at all time. Luckily they’re in fashion right now, so pick up a fun one that you’ll enjoy wearing, leaving your hands free for… well, whatever you want to do with them.
4 – Comfy trainers or walking shoes
As well as the nightlife and wellbeing scene that Ibiza is famous for, the White Isle has loads of great hiking trails and spots to explore. If you like to get out and about during the day, pack a pair of comfy walking shoes or trainers.
5 – Flats for evening
Even if you’re used to wearing heels all the time, pack a pair of flats for the evening. Even though Ibiza is one of the most glamorous places in Europe, it’s never at the expense of comfort. Choose a pair of glitzy flats that will go with everything.
6 – A selection of swimsuits
Since you’ll be spending a lot of time in your swimwear, pack at least a couple of options. I love to pack at least one bikini, plus a swimsuit that can double up as a bodysuit. Paired with a pair of denim shorts, it’s an easy outfit for the beach parties that run into the night.
Ibiza packing tips
I’m not going to tell you what to pack because this is the one time you can pack whatever you like. But before you get too carried away, there are a few things it’s worth keeping in mind…
When in doubt, take more beachwear
Specifically, take more bikinis than you think you need and throw in some pretty cover-ups while you’re at it. Nothing is too showy or too simple for Ibiza’s beautiful beaches.
I love packing some long flow-y beach tunics like the one above from Miss Tunica. They’re great for throwing on at the beach or wearing as a lightweight cover-up if it gets chilly at night.
Take a VERY secure bag
PLEASE take a very secure bag. I took a cross-body bag that zips up fully and I still had my phone stolen in Ushuaia (more on that soon). Mobile phone theft is, sadly, really common on the island and the thieves know exactly what they’re doing. If you can, choose a bag that has inside zips as well as outside ones.
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Dress for the weather
Ibiza is reliably hot throughout the ‘season’ (late May to early October). Even at night, it’s better to be under dressed than over over-dressed – especially if you’re heading to the clubs or somewhere with lots of people. I promise you won’t feel cold. Leather shorts may look super cute, but let’s face it – there’s nothing worse than a sweaty bum to ruin a night out that’s cost you triple figures before you’ve even bought a drink.
If you want to, of course! We all have a mermaid-esque bralet or sequin hotpants tucked away in our wardrobe, waiting for the right time to dig it out and let it see the light of day. It’s a time that never comes – until now. If you can’t wear it in Ibiza, you’ll never find somewhere you can wear it, so don’t miss this opportunity. You’ve been warned.
So instead of telling you what to pack for Ibiza, I’ll leave you with some packing tips to help you make the most of this crazy little Spanish island.
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