“Please share what you would take for a summer vacation.” I’ve gotten many variations of this question lately, so I’m sharing some tips and examples today. Get comfortable; this is a lengthy post, but I hope you can adjust as needed for future travel. Keep reading until the end for fabulous giveaways!
I always wear the darkest clothing and heaviest shoes and a blazer, light jacket, or sweater on the travel day. The black jeans could also be worn with any top for additional looks if needed.
Careful planning helps avoid the burden of luggage stuffed with things you might not use. Vacations are also not the time to test drive new purchases, so I always take my proven favorites for comfort and versatility. I’ve learned from experience that it is difficult to imagine ninety-degree heat while living in a cold climate where there might be snow on the ground. So while you pack, put on some tropical music and turn on all the lights. If you just took a hot shower, that will help too.
Now that you’ve got the proper mindset, here are more tips. First, consider what you will be doing. For example, if your itinerary will include lots of walking in the sun, take a couple of packable sun hats and two pairs of comfortable walking shoes. Likewise, a summer beach vacation will require loose-fitting casual clothing that dries quickly. On the other hand, your selections will need to be more conservative if you visit a city to tour museums and cathedrals. So, appropriate for the destination is a priority.
Continue to check the weather for your destination for a couple of weeks before you travel. Some places near the tropics can get rain almost every afternoon. Other locations may have cool breezy evenings and mornings so you may need a light jacket or sweater.
My favorite vacations include visiting quaint villages, museums, historical places, gardens, and casual beach towns. If my trip is for seven days, I will take five tops, two pairs of pants, a sweater, and three dresses. A limited color palette helps keep the mini wardrobe cohesive. All the tops go with the pants, and any shoe will work with the pants or the dresses. Choose woven fabrics such as linen, cotton, rayon, and viscose since they “breathe” and dry faster. I am often cold, so a cotton or cashmere lightweight cardigan is imperative.
I pack two pairs of shoes and wear the bulkiest ones. The key is to include different styles of shoes—for example, sneakers, sandals, and a dressier pair for dinner or brunch. In addition, I take shower shoes (flip flops) to wear in the hotel or poolside only. Finally, don’t forget your pajamas here and no-show socks here. I pack socks and undies inside the handbag/clutch to use all the space available. I often tuck the strap into the crossbody to use it as a clutch. Place shoes in plastic or cloth shoe bags to keep the rest of your clothing clean. Packing cubes here help keep my carry-on luggage (similar here) neat and organized. All the items shown today easily fit into my carry-on and tote.
Camisoles, scarves, and tanks take up very little space but multiply your mixing and matching options. Of course, many additional combinations are possible, but you can see that a few well-chosen pieces allow you to be well dressed and comfortable.
Decanting your toiletries and skincare into small plastic bottles will allow you to fit everything into a quart-size plastic bag for TSA. (I’m so glad Beautycounter now offers a carry-on set of my skincare here.) Most airlines allow for one personal item and one carry-on bag. So be sure to put travel documents, phone, chargers, medication, toiletries, and anything else you might need during the flight in the bag you place under the seat.
I always take a fifty-one-inch scarf that matches my swimsuit and a smaller accent scarf. A large scarf can be the perfect sarong to use as a coverup. On Night 3, I used this one as a wrap. I often tie the small one around the front loops of my jeans to look like a belt (Night 5 and Day 7 travel look below). My only new item is the small silk scarf here.
I hope that this post helps you with packing for your next trip. Unfortunately, it was overcast, forty-five degrees, and very windy when I took these pictures. I WISH I were leaving soon for a warm sunny place!
The watch is here. Similar small post earrings are here. A similar ring is here.
Favorite summer jewelry includes the shell and rattan earrings here, the bracelet here, and the tan and beige pearl lariat here. The lariat can be worn in lots of ways. (Note that I wore it as a belt on day 4.) (Use the code SAS10 for $10 off any one item at Beauty in Stone Jewelry.)
And now – for the giveaways!Beauty in Stone Jewelry is giving away the rattan earrings pictured above, and I’m giving away a fifty-one-inch silk twill scarf below. Please share a comment below to include any helpful information about packing that I missed. I’ll announce the randomly chosen winner in the next blog post in a few days.