I have been an overpacker for most of my life, starting at age 8 when I’d bring ten sundresses on a 3-day weekend to Disneyworld. It hasn’t been until the last few years, that I’ve gotten a handle on my own packing behavior. To be honest, it’s MUCH easier to manage someone else’s vacation wardrobe than it is your own. I recently had to pack for Hawaii (where I am right now so follow me on Instagram for tons of sunburnt selfies and tropical drink porn) and wanted to practice what I preach when it came to the contents of my suitcase.
Here are a few cardinal rules I’ve come to live by when packing for a warm-weather vacation:
Only bring multi-functional pieces.
Your clothing should earn its spot in your bag by working in more than one way. For example, my roomy chambray button-down can be taken from poolside bar to fancy dinner in no time. It’s even great as a swimsuit coverup.
Jewelry and fancy sandals are tropical lifesavers.
Fierce earrings and a cool sandal can transform your daytime dress (and even shorts and tank) to perfectly awesome evening attire. Baubles and fancy sandals (I’m partial to metallic) are miracle workers for dressing up at night.
Don’t use this time to experiment with new styles you don’t normally wear.
I used to be very guilty of this. I would use vacation as an excuse to pack all the clothes I owned but never wore, thinking it would be the perfect environment to try something daring. But nine times out of ten, you’re not going to feel comfortable wearing that piece anyway, no matter where you are. Stick to styles and silhouettes you know, like, and are comfortable with.