How to EFFICIENTLY and FASHIONABLY Pack for Vacation

Packing for vacation...ugh. Gives me a headache just thinking about it! I’m a chronic overpacker, so limiting the space my luggage takes up has been a challenge to say the least. If you think about it, it really shouldn’t be that hard right? Don’t take anything you don’t absolutely need. But you never know what may happen! You never know what will come up, you need to be prepared! You need options! Being the fashionista I am, this has been my mindset for my entire life. The truth is, we don’t need those 4 extra pairs of shoes and those 5 extra outfits “just in case”; we can still look great while packing light. No, it’s true! All it takes is a little planning, some self discipline, and these five rules.

  1. Have a head-to-toe list. One should be a clothing and accessories list, and then a list for toiletries. So think “head”: beach hat, sunglasses, earrings, then shampoo, conditioner, makeup, facewash (etc). Think about what you need to pack ahead of time (and no, the day before doesn’t count!), make your list, and stick to it.
  2. Don’t pull out your biggest suitcase; start with a smaller, more reasonably sized one to help you avoid overpacking. If you find you have more room when you’re done moving through your list, you WILL pack more simply because you can (and you know I’m right!).
  3. Pack all your favorite basics一monochromatic color schemes with this will make it easy for you to reuse throughout your trip! White, black, khaki, and denim are must-packs. This way, you can bring along your favorite colorful or printed pieces to mix and match, all while saving room. Beautiful.
  4. Pack only three pairs of shoes. Yeah, you read it right, THREE (3). This is really sad. But also...necessary. Sigh. I always overpack even more so when it comes to shoes (no one could possibly need 7 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip, but I bring them anyways). Try and stick to 3 pairs: one pair of flip flops or casual sandals, one pair of sneakers, and one pair of dressy sandals or walkable heels for dinners or events. The first pair should be shoes that you can wear to the beach, to the pool, or to whatever special activity you have planned. The second is for walking and exercise; even if you don’t plan on exercising on your vacay (me), you still should always bring a comfy pair of sneakers for sightseeing or long distances. The third should be a dressier shoe for dinners, social gatherings, or nights out; take a pass on the stilettos, and bring a lower heel or platform sandal. It is vacation after all, you shouldn’t have to suffer that pain! {Bonus tip: NEVER bring a NEW pair of shoes!!! Seriously, I don't care how cute they are, just don't do it. You will blister and be miserable on your vacation. If you want new shoes for a trip, get them in advance and break those bad boys in weeks beforehand.}
  5. Minimize the accessories. We love them, but you don’t need to bring your entire jewelry collection on vacation with you. If you’re planning your outfits ahead of time (as you should be!), you’ll only need to pack a few pieces. Try to bring simple jewelry that will match everything, like Sheila’s or a dainty necklace, then allow yourself a couple of your favorite statement pieces that can go with preferably more than one outfit.

That doesn't sound so bad, does it? I promise you these five tips will make your packing experience so much simpler and extremely less stressful. To wrap up this post, I'll leave you with some of the pieces I absolutely can't live without on vacation:


The Basic White T-shirt
A basic white tee can be used to create any outfit. Dress it down and make it casual, dress it up for a night out, or even wear it over your bathing suit as a coverup with some shorts!
On My Mind ($36)

A Trusty Pair of Jeans

When the sun goes down, you may regret packing too many pairs of shorts and no jeans! A relaxed pair of jeans are perfect for vacation because not only are they comfy, but they are also versatile! If you really don’t want to bring long pants, substitute for another pair of jean shorts (we have so many options in different lengths!).

The Philly Girlfriend Jeans ($58)


A Cardigan

Again, those summer nights can get chilly (especially if you tend to get a little roasted by the sun out on the beach like me)! Bring along a cardigan to throw over your arms at night time. I love this one because it's breathable and lightweight, and gives off a great vacay vibe!

The Way I Am ($34)


The Perfect Tote

Don't underestimate the power of a tote bag. A tote bag can double as your beach bag and your purse all in one, which eliminates the need to pack two separate bags (and gives you more space in that suitcase). Choose a neutral bag or one with pops of color!


A Walkable Heel

Like I said, you'll need one pair of shoes dressier than your sandals but still comfortable enough to wear for a few hours at a time. (These are clearly my favorites if you can't tell by the name!)

The Mandy Wedges ($32.90)


A Cotton Sundress

A comfy cotton sundress will keep you cool and stylish on vacation. It can double as a coverup, and you can dress it up for a dinner or a night out with some fun accessories!

Back For You ($34)

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