Do you find it challenging to pack for a vacation? It can be daunting to plan for a week or more away, with very different events on your agenda.
I always think in terms of mixing, matching, layering as needed, and adding accessories to dress up basic pieces. I’ll share a few more tips that have helped me. Write down your itinerary for the trip. Make sure you have clothing options for each function. For example: Meeting a friend for dinner – white pants, a white tank, a black jacket, a small clutch bag, nude flats, and a scarf.
Fold all the garments you plan to take with you, including scarves. Lay them out on the bed in a single layer. Do the colors work together? I also try everything on as I pack to make sure it all still fits as it should.
Pack only the clothes you know you enjoy wearing since this is not the time to try out an unproven new item. Include comfortable, neutral pieces that you know you can wear in many combinations since you may need to wear layers on a cold rainy day. Always check the weather for your destination on the day you are packing. To avoid some stress, I pack a day or two before I travel.
I looked back over the pictures for my last few vacations to remind myself which pieces I most enjoyed having with me.
Shoes: A comfortable pair for lots of walking. (Slip-on sneakers, walking shoes, or boat shoes.) A nude/neutral pair (loafers or sandals) for shopping, going out to lunch, and a museum. Also include dark low block heeled or cute sandals to wear during the evening, or out to dinner. Tip: Metallic sandals can be worn casually for daytime or dressed up for the evening. Take different styles of shoes so that you have an option for every activity.
My list: Pants – wear black to travel. Take white, light, and dark blue jeans. Wear a dark color jacket or blazer and take a light color one. Cotton or cashmere cardigans or sweaters: one light color, one dark color. Tanks: gray, white, and navy or black. Shirts – Tops: blue, white, navy, striped, denin. Take a rain jacket, a swimsuit, and a tank dress (can also be used as a coverup). Large square colorful scarves can be used in many ways, and they take up almost no room. Take two handbags and two pairs of shoes other than the pair you wear, a packable hat and sunglasses. Carry a large tote bag while traveling. It can hold cosmetics, chargers, camera, book, phone, and wallet; other items will fit in a carry-on.
I take a couple of pairs of pajamas, socks, bras, and enough undies for the number of days I will be away.
Many of the pieces pictured came from the retailers linked below. (All these items are from previous seasons/years.) I always look for classic pieces in colors and styles that flatter me and will work with what I already own. The shopping links below may result in a small commission for me at no additional cost to you. Click on each block to visit that retailer’s website.
I don’t travel nearly as often as I would like yet. I haven’t been on a cruise in more than twenty years, so my information is lacking in some areas. Please share your best travel and packing tips with us below. I always look forward to reading your comments. Thank you!