Hey y'all! As most of you know I just got back from Alabama. It was such a great vacation and so much fun. My parents had recently bought a new house, and they have done such an incredible job making the home 100% their own. There was so much room and floor space, so Sami absolutely had a ball crawling everywhere. And he wore himself out playing with Pepe and Boo (Grandpa and Grandma, respectively.)
So, for this post I thought I would share some of my newest packing tips, and I've included a couple tips for packing for a baby, as well. We were gone for two weeks, so everything I've included is functional for that period of time. I did attempt to photograph my hair and make up items, but there was so much, so I though I would just make a short list in this post, and you could change or plan accordingly.
Obviously, we weren't going on a tropical vacation or an excursion into the wild, so all the things I've listed are just everyday items that you would need for a simple summer vacay. It was my first attempt at a faux capsule wardrobe for a trip. I definitely failed at creating a serious capsule, but I did bring a lot of things so I could mix-and-match.
Tip 1: Bring tops that can be versatile. If you are like me, tops and blouses can be the very bane of my existence. I absolutely love tops, so I have this underlying need to bring as many as my suitcase is capable of holding. Because of that, I have learned over the years to bring tops that are interchangeable. That's so I can style it differently, giving the illusion of wearing two different things without having to bring along another top. Something I love about the neutral tops or tee-shirts, is that I can wear them under the vest or button-ups, or they can stand alone, depending on my mood.
Tip 2: Bring layers and accessories. Even though Alabama only has one temperature during the summer...HOT... it is always good to bring layers. I am currently in LOVE with neck scarves, so I made sure to bring several. And of course, I had to bring a straw hat! That is just a must in Alabama! Also, a denim vest or jacket is great to have on hand. A vest gives a whole new feel to a button up or a tee-shirt dress. It adds so much interest, to what may be an otherwise plain piece. A jacket is totally summer appropriate when the sleeves are partially rolled up. Or you could drape it over your shoulders for a very chic look.
Tip 3: Be sure to have enough undershirts. I have found myself in a pickle multiple times because certain outfits I had pre-planned before my trip were dependent on the particular undershirt that I had forgotten.
Tip 4: Have you tried a bandeau? Bandeaus are like strapless sports bras and go great under sheer tops or blouses that show your bra at the underarm. It appears just like an undershirt but it doesn't cover as much, so if your shirt happens to be higher in the front and looks dorky with a full tank top underneath, this is the best choice. It also holds up that pesky strapless bra for those tops that require a strapless bra but possibly an undershirt, too.
Tip 5: Don't bring your whole shoe closet. As you might have noticed, I didn't photograph my shoes (Forgetful mom at its finest), I only brought a few pairs. When packing shoes, make sure you know what outfits your bringing and then find a couple pairs of versatile shoes and go with almost all of your outfits. Don't forget to leave the most comfortable pair out for the airport.
Tip 6: Don't go overboard with beauty supplies. Before moving to Cali I went and bought a make-up bag that could be used if it was just sitting on the counter in the bathroom, or packed away in a suitcase. My bag also had enough room to put my travel sized contact solution, dry shampoo, perfume, and creams. I brought my blow dryer, one curling iron, and one flat iron. I also brought a few headbands, bobbie pins, and pony tails (I ended up needing these most. Due to the humidity, I rarely wore my hair down.) I packed my favorite shower cap, and hair towel. And I kept my jewelry to a minimum. I did bring a few select pairs of versatile earrings, and my favorite bracelets. I brought a small bag of necklaces, as well, although I really could have packed less of them.
Baby Stuff, Tip 1:
For my son, who is into everything, I keep it simple and packed almost exclusively body suits. Sam and I shared a suit case, so I was careful not to over-pack it. I tried to use the same capsule wardrobe idea with him, bringing versatile pieces that were interchangeable.
Baby Stuff, Tip 2:
Buy diapers at your final destination. If you bring tons of diapers in your suitcase, you limit the amount of room you would have had otherwise. So, it is really more functional to buy a box of diapers at your final destination than to waste space in your suit case that could be used for something else (that extra top perhaps? lol) I just packed 10 diapers for the trip and then went to the store when we got there.
I hope this post has been helpful! Traveling is so much less stressful when you have your packing done right. If you have any more ideas to share, please feel free to comment! I would love to hear how you do it.
Have a fabulous weekend, y'all! Stay safe and stay cool!
Disclaimer: Although I did bring all these items, I did shop while I was in Bama. So I came home with much more, and ended up wearing more than just the items that I packed.
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