Yesterday as I prepped for the week ahead I got a real case of the Sunday scaries. You know, that feeling you get when you’ve had a fun, long holiday weekend and Monday is right around the corner. It’s back to reality and it.is.scary, haha! That’s about the time my mind starts to wander to a tropical location and I start dreaming up a fabulous beach vacation.
Spoiler alert: We have no vacations planned this summer so a beach is nowhere in my future but a girl can definitely dream. Admittedly, one of my favorite things about planning a vacation is putting together my wardrobe for the trip. I was watching the new Ellen Degeneres comedy special on Netflix where she jokes about how we pack for who we want to be when we go on trips so we end up with 5 hats when we never wear one IRL and maybe even a gown because who knows what ball we might have to attend last minute? lol.. so true! While I’m all for stepping a little outside my typical style when on vacation, I’m not about overpacking or packing items I won’t even touch because they’re SO far from what I normally wear.
To avoid overpacking for a beach vacation, I’ve come up with a few tips that help me every single time. They’re simple and have helped me pack a little lighter and a lot smarter.
what I’m wearing
Make a checklist
Sounds simple enough but how many times have you actually made one? I like to go through our itnerary and make a list of the things I’ll need for each event/activity. When I’m done I like to see where I can wear the same outfit again or mix and match to save space in my luggage. Making a checklist also helps me not forget things that would cost me more money on the road (like sunscreen, face wash, etc) and helps me keep track of the items I bring so I don’t leave anything behind.
Lay out your outfits, then only take half
Okay, that might be excessive but what I really mean is find ways to consolidate your wardrobe and ways you can mix and match to save space. You don’t need seven cover-ups and you definitely don’t need four pairs of flip flops. Pick your more versatile pieces and take those. I find that when I lay out my outfits and can visually see what I have planned, I can take a few items out and wear what I do keep at the very least twice throughout my trip.
Roll your clothes
Not only does rolling your clothes save space, it also helps keep clothes from wrinkling too much. I don’t like wasting time ironing – although sometimes you just can’t help it – so this little trick is extremely helpful. Plus it frees up space so you can bring home some souvenirs from your trip.
Check weather & laundromats nearby (or rent a place that comes with a washer and dryer)
This is key and something that will help tremendously, especially when packing for a beach vacation. Knowing what to expect weather-wise will help you pack smarter and in case you need something washed, a laundromat nearby or a washer and dryer in your rental will help save space in your luggage.
Use a smaller bag and stick to it!
If you pull out your biggest luggage chances are you’ll fill it up! When going on a beach vacation there’s no need for bulky clothes so a smaller bag should do the trick. Make it a goal to pack only what the bag will allow and don’t go over. Packing cubes also help a lot to keep things in order and together.
I’d love to hear any packing tips you might have to avoid overpacking for a beach vacation? Drop them below!!
See you guys in my next post!