Plan ahead! Probably the best advice I ever got on what to pack for a quick summer jaunt is to organize, prioritize, and then revisit your choices again. And again.
While I hate having overpacked, I pride myself on being able to cover all my bases (activities). One of the absolute worst things to have to do on vacation is to shop for a last-minute adventure, so being prepared is key.
First off: sturdy, rolling luggage is a must. Nine West spinner luggage combines a rich, floral print with four spinner wheels and a retractable handle, so it travels easily and looks great at the same time.
Once you’ve got your luggage, here are some good tips on packing efficiently.
1) to the beach
So, let’s start with the all-important article of clothing: the swimsuit.
There are lots of new “current” styles to pick from, everything from waisted two-pieces to halter-style bikinis, and a mix of print and solid colors, even reversible and cut-out designs.
You’ll cover even more ground with a really cute, round print beach towel and a generously-sized tote bag maybe in a bright floral. Other must-have-with-me essentials include some good coverage sunglasses, cute and shiny slide sandals, and for sure, sunscreen with high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays.
Here comes the sun!
2) around town: sightseeing
Now let’s think about some exploring.
You’ve reached your new destination and you’re ready to tour the local hot spots. What to wear on your city tour?
Something comfortable, cool and breezy. A look that fits right in at the museum, the market, historical landmarks and a bistro for lunch.
I suggest an airy tank, either solid color or lace accented. Top it off with an artisan-inspired duster piece and easy-going jeans. You’re set!
To turn the look up a notch, you might want to add an embroidered, Steve Madden colorful print wristlet, natural-favorite wedges by Jellypop, and a big tote bag to keep all your paperwork together (maps, mementos, gifts).
For one last little finishing touch, jewelry. Any fun piece will do the trick, just nothing too elaborate since you don’t want to overdo the look.
Time to check it all out!
3) outdoor adventures
You’ve checked out the city, so right about now, you’re probably ready for an outdoor adventure. Maybe hiking, a bike trail, a winery or a stroll through the botanical gardens?
No matter where you choose, comfort and sun protection will be key.
Start with a wide brim, floppy hat that adds the right amount of “wow!” to your casual flair. A gauzy, breezy shawl perks up a simple tank top and destructed jeans, and gives you a put-together look. Or show some shoulder with a perfect-for-summer top. Easy to move about in, and cute, too!
Because you want to stay on-trend even when you’re on an outdoor adventure, accessorizing is a must.
For casual style, I like a neutral-color, simple bag with studs, beaded jewelry in bright colors and walk-all-day comfort-bed sandals that are easy on the feet and have special detailing, like woven accents and stitching.
Head for the outdoors!