For this week’s Friend Friday, we’re talking everyone’s favorite topic: Vacation and Travel! Traveling is one of my life’s passions and I try to go as many new places as my wallet permits. Keep reading to find out what I pack for what and my recommendations for better packing!
When it comes to packing for vacation what’s your mantra?
Pack Early. I like to pack at least three to five days in advance before embarking on a trip whether it be for a week or a weekend.
Plan Ahead. Packing is one of the only times I lay out each piece of clothing and envision outfits. I try to take as many options as possible, which means I usually pick neutral colors and versatile items.
What are your “must” packs?
For Summer Clothes: I pack a lot of wrinkle free skirts, tank tops and dresses, which is usually what I’m wearing when I’m not traveling. For weekend trips, I take 2 pairs of jeans, two skirts, a dress and four to five tops in case I change my mind about outfit options. I don’t pack accessories because I have bad luck in losing them.
For summer makeup, I take along the following items:
Some people may look at this as a lot of makeup, but I like having options especially when it comes to eyeshadow. I also chose lightweight foundations over heavier ones and versatile blush and lip colors that work with most looks.
What are you happy to leave behind?
Shoes! If I can get away with it, I only bring one pair, maybe two. In the summer, I usually take a pair of flat sandals.
Any packing secrets that help you get everything into one suitcase?
Always pack your essentials first so you don’t forget them. I get caught up in the excitement of packing and easily forget basics like underwear and socks. After I’ve packed these items, I roll everything and place the heaviest things (usually jeans) on the bottom. I always pack my shoes separate so long as I’m driving and not flying.
It’s also helpful to choose what you want to bring, look at it all the next day and weed out some pieces that aren’t necessarily. No matter how much I follow this rule, I always end up bringing at least one or two things I don’t wear!
What are you taking with you to read in the sand?
I’m actually going to the beach this weekend and will be bringing one of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris. The series is really light hearted and quick to read, both of which make a good beach read!
What are you packing while traveling this summer?
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