Hello Hump Day!
Today I’m sharing how to pack for a long(er) vacation. Now I must mention the longest trip I went on was 2 weeks to Hawaii twice and this upcoming Calif trip is about 12 days long. So when I say “longer” vacation think approx 2 weeks 😉
Okay so a few notes:
1. There is no right way or wrong way to pack, this is just my way
2. What you pack is always going to depend on where you’re going.
3. With that said, this is just a general overview of tips and points
HOW-TO PACK FOR A VACATION
My ultimate goal when traveling is to have the LEAST amount of luggage possible. So for shorter trips I solely bring a carry on whereas for my longer trips 1 suitcase and 1 carry on.
1. If you’re traveling with someone
If do-able, SHARE A SUITCASE.
(This actually worked really well for Lauren and I for our Disney World trip. We shared her giant suitcase and it was perfect with extra room leftover!)
If anything get a larger size but it seriously helps when you have to lug it around and less baggage fees 😉
Now I know its harder when you’re packing winter clothes which are more bulky but in any other event, if you can, 1 is always best.
2. Pack An Outfit For Everyday
I’m the type where I tend to over pack outfits because I have the fear of “what if I don’t like this outfit when I get there” It’s a very real and valid feeling.
Regardless, I’ll make sure to pack 1 outfit for every day that I’m away (example: for Calif, I’ll pack 12 outfits)
So because I’m 100% a dress/romper kind of girl it’s pretty much like bringing one item opposed to a top AND bottom so it saves a lot of room.
For those of you who do love bottoms this is what I would suggest: Bring bottoms that are versatile (colors are important); jeans, black, or white work well. That way you can pack 2-3 and just re-wear them. And then you have more room for a variety of tops which are typically easier to pack.
But no matter what, make sure you have an outfit for every day.
Andrew would abide by the bottoms rule (he’s of course is much more low maintenance); he has his favorite pair of jeans that match with all his tops and then 2-3 shorts that he loves. And then just pack a variety of tops. Done and done.
3. Bathing Suits/Bras, Underwear, and Socks
If I know I’m doing a beach trip I will narrow bathing suits down to 2-3 options. I tend to bring 2 bottoms (they’re usually both black) and then 2-3 different tops to mix and match with.
Bras I tend to wear one (of course) bring one (a different strap style) and a strapless. So inevitably packing 2.
Underwear– Enough for all the days you’re there and then always an extra 3 because you never know
Socks– varies pending on shoes and travel destination.
Again, varies depending where you go. Use your own digression but nothing more than having 3 total pairs with you.
For Calif- I plan on wearing to the airport my cute sandals then packing flip flops and one pair of cute shoes. 3 total pairs.
5. Mini Bags and Pouches Are Everything
This all varies as well. However, any toiletries I always just try to condense into a pouch of some sort. It definitely helps keep everything organized and clean in case there are any leaks!
I’m also super particular that I will make sure to pack enough shampoo/conditioner/body wash where I don’t have to take anything back home with me.
In a nutshell these are my greatest tips and advice for packing. I know so much more goes into packing, especially for us ladies…. hair products and tools too, etc…. At that point just shove it all in there 😉 Don’t forget carry on’s are great too because any excess can be put in there as well!
Till next time!