How to pack light for vacation (it’s hard, I know)

I’m headed to Lake Tahoe for a few days, and am in the midst of packing. Packing for a vacation can be a very stressful ordeal. Ridiculous, but true. For many years, I was of the more is more mentality, bringing a ton of stuff just so I could have options. But as I get older, I am trying to be more careful of this. After all, maybe I don’t WANT to have too many options when dressing on vacation. Maybe I’d rather relax.

This time, I’m taking pieces that can go easily from day to night with the simple switch of jewelry and shoes.

For example:

We’re going to be doing a lot of walking, so shorts are definitely in order. I love this slouchy cargo pair because I can wear them with a simple tank during the day, and then dress them up with a cardigan, necklace, and metallic sandals for a casual evening out.

The same goes for this lightweight t-shirt dress. For daytime gallivanting, I’ll wear with a thick belt and denim jacket, and then switch to layered necklaces and my trusty gold sandals for dinner.

The key to stress-free packing is to know your general itinerary beforehand, and then bring things that can perform double duty. Since I know the evenings are going to be on the more relaxed side, bringing some extra accessories and shoes will be enough to make day ensembles perfect for evening.

I will be back on Monday, but in the meantime, I’ll be re-posting some gems from TRS’s archives. Enjoy!

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