It's summertime and everyone is going on vacation to visit family and friends. Wherever you're going, it's important to know what to pack for your trip. Since it's still summer, I'll stick with what you might need to bring on a vacation for warmer weather.
1. How Much to Pack
When packing, consider the amount of suitcase space you have and whether or not you will need a checked bag. Check for suitcase and carry on dimensions on your airline's website before you start packing. Obviously if you're going on a road trip, dimensions of a suitcase don't necessarily matter. Pack absolute essentials first. Personally, I bring a large carry on (as large as the airlines allow) and squish my purse into it when needed. I typically pack the fragile things in there so I know they aren't being thrown around with everyone else's luggage.
2. Carry On
In my carry on, I typically keep my laptop, cameras, chargers, purse, large makeup bag and brushes, and a travel roll up bag (this is the one I have). In my travel roll up bag is where I hold my feminine and personal hygiene products such as toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, etc. I also keep my jewelry and facial and hair products in some of the pockets. Make sure no containers hold more than 3 oz. of product. I'd hate to throw away something I totally splurged on!
*It may also be a good idea to pack an extra change of clothes in your carry on just in case your suitcase gets lost.
3. Basic Pieces
When it comes to your suitcase, pack basic pieces, but don't be scared to throw in a few pops of color. You want to have basic pieces that can easily be paired with other basics. For example, black, nude, or leopard flats/sandals can be paired with any outfit. If you want to wear prints, stick with a classic print such as stripes or polka dots. These prints can go with any piece you pair it with. Not feeling prints? Solid colors are the easiest thing to pair with other basic pieces. You can actually venture out a little in the color department when it comes to solids, too. Since it's summertime, why not choose a bright neon top or bottom and pair it with a simple print?
*See the picture above? Both tops could be paired with both bottoms. Denim shorts will work with anything! Black and white stripes look adorable when paired with a bright color. Try it!
If you want to stick with the bare minimum and the simplest of basic pieces, try spicing your outfit up with different jewelry. Accessories are a great way to take a "meh" outfit into an "oh, that's cute" outfit. I would pack a couple statement necklaces, a few arm candy pieces, and earrings. To save on space, try picking jewelry that is within the same family, like all gold, silver, or rose gold. I personally don't like to mix metals because I think it can get messy looking BUT to each his own. :) I just find that it's easier to pair jewelry when they at least have the same metals.
5. Don't Forget
When you think you've finished, reexamine what you've packed. Make sure you consider all the places you will be visiting on vacation and haven't forgotten the appropriate attire for those places. Bathing suits, formal dress, tennis shoes/sports bra?
Last but not least, don't stress. Have fun. That's what vacations are all about! :)
Where are you going on vacation?
P.S.- Thanks for the idea and request, Hannah!