SUMMER TRAVEL TIPS
by Jean Gordon
When it comes to packing for a summer getaway my strategy is simple: everything I pack is super-versatile and coordinates, so I have a lot of outfit options without bringing a lot of pieces. As a Stylist and Wardrobe Organizer, I have developed many packing hacks over the years that help make the most of my suitcase space. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll never overpack (or underpack) again.
THE GOLDEN RULES OF PACKING
Summer trips usually require beach stuff, lounging pieces, and outfits to wear to dinner. A good rule when packing is to choose versatile pieces that can be worn in more than one way. Think multi-use pieces that will help you create many different outfits. For example, a skirt that can only be worn with one top, or that requires shoes you didn’t plan on bringing shouldn’t make the cut. Clothes that serve a double-duty is the goal. Here’s how to do that:
Pack fewer clothes and more accessories. This allows you to easily transform the most basic clothing into cute outfits.
Bring more tops and fewer bottoms. Re-wear bottoms throughout the week while changing up tops to keep it fresh.
A breezy dress is the ultimate remix outfit - from cover-up to happy hour to dinner out - simply switch up your shoes and accessories!
Always pack extra underwear – it doesn’t take up much space and will come in handy if you need a few outfit changes during the day.
Keep your shoe count tight. Try to consolidate. Think, slides are the new flip-flops, no need for both.
Always bring a versatile tote that doubles as a beach bag. Pack a smaller crossbody or clutch that can be used for other daytime adventures and nights out.
THE ART OF PACKING
Packing cubes will change the way you travel. They keep everything organized using minimal space. The best part? Unpacking is a breeze. Open your suitcase and easily transfer everything into your hotel dresser or closet.
Roll, don't fold. This saves space in your packing cubes and/or luggage and leaves clothes as close to wrinkle-free as possible.
Keep a travel-only toiletry bag that has duplicates of everything you use on the regular. Have it stocked and ready to go at all times and consider keeping it stored in your suitcase so there are no frantic searches the night before your trip. Add in any additional essentials (sunscreen, perfume, etc.) and you’ll be set.
Create a designated bag of inflight go-to’s like a phone charger, headphones, lip balm, moisturizer, neck pillow, eye mask, toothbrush/paste and wipes. Store the bag in the seat pocket during the flight so everything is handy.
Ziplocs (in assorted sizes)!I use them for everything! They easily keep jewelry organized and necklaces untangled, are the perfect place to stash wet swimsuits or keep travel snacks fresh.
Airplanes, rental cars, hotels and most public spaces are freaking filthy so I arm myself with a travel pack of wipes and anti-bac at all times. You do NOT want to get sick on vacation.
Lastly, when it comes to packing, plan ahead. You’re likely to overpack or underpack if you wait until the last minute and do it in a mad rush. Make a list on your iPhone’s Notes app a couple of weeks in advance and edit the list as you think through your packing strategy. Set reminders to drop off and pick up laundry and dry cleaning so it’s ready to go when you are!