It's vacation season and who wants to spend precious time worrying about what to pack? I can't tell you how many times I've over packed a suitcase with almost no room for extra shopping (almost cause where there is a will, there is a way lol), but nothing is worse than bringing a suitcase full of random mismatch items, forgetting your favorite sandals, or accidentally packing a bathing suit that fit you two seasons ago. To keep any of those unfortunate scenarios from happening, I came up with a quick list of clothing items to bring on vacation.
If you choose items in the same color family, (even with a print) you can mix and match with ease. If you get stuck just know that black and white looks good with anything, florals and dots can be considered neutral prints and if all else fails- it's ok to take style risks- you are on VACATION!
Two for One
Make sure each top goes with at least two other bottoms and pick neutral tone shoes that will go with everything.
Buy and Try
If you purchase something new, try it on first and make sure it's comfortable before taking it with you so you aren't surprised when you get to your destination and your dress is too small/big, those shorts ride up too much, or body parts start popping out of your swimming suit at inappropriate times!
Wrap and Roll
Roll instead of fold, and utilize all the space so your suitcase isn't too heavy. Wear a light jacket/shawl and put a tank top, leggings and socks in your carry on bag/purse just in case something happens or your luggage is delayed. At least you have something to change into while you prepare to get somebody together about your luggage lol.
Bring 3-5 tops- including a graphic tee that shows off your personality, a sexy top for girl's night out/date night and something fly for brunch and selfies.
Wear your favorite jeans while traveling and bring a white pair, a fun print or patterned trouser, a few pairs of shorts and at least one skirt.
Bring at least two dresses and make one a sundress with a cool light fabric.
If you plan on swimming while on vacay, or plan on visiting the beach bring 2-3 bathing suits with you to change in and out of daily. Swim cover ups are clutch because they can be used as shirts or even a dress, depending on how it's made. Pick one with a cute print and one solid.
Wear your tennis shoes since they will be the heaviest and pack one pair of sandals, heels and comfortable flats or slide ins. Colors like gold, silver, black and nudes will go with everything you packed- add a printed pair for some of the basic looks too.
Choose a large tote bag for the beach, a crossbody bag for shopping and a small clutch for going out. And I know some of them may have a juvenile look- but don't sleep on the belt bag! They have some really cool sophisticated ones available now, so try one out...
Pick either gold or silver and stick to simple pieces- a chain or pendent necklace, two pairs of earrings (hoops/studs/chandeliers) a bracelet and a ring. There is nothing worse than leaving behind your favorite jewelry!