May 20, 2015
For most of us, summer means vacation and who doesn’t want a suitcase full of style. While some jet set to exotic beaches, others take off to Lake Travis every other weekend. Either way you choose to travel, packing is (unfortunately) required. This seems to always be a big stress-er for our customers and that is no way to start your vacation. To help combat your packing woes, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite packing tips and tricks. From what to pack to travel hacks, the SoLanistas have got you covered!
What to Pack:
It’s no secret that women LOVE options, especially when it comes outfits. This simple fact of life can make packing for a vacation a little troublesome. Until someone invents a collapsible closet (fully stocked with ‘options’, of course) stick to these tips when packing to maximize your outfit options.
1) Select a limited color palette:
The name of the game here is matching. Take a quick run through your wardrobe and pull the pieces you can’t leave home without. In a perfect world, these pieces will coordinate into a color palette that you can build other outfits around for the duration of your trip. If they don’t, do some editing until you come up with a suitable color story for your vacation wardrobe.
2) Very versatile:
Once you’ve established a color palette that will work for your destinations dress code, it’s time to assemble ensembles! We suggest choosing pieces that you can use to create multiple outfits with. Ideally, all your tops will coordinate with all your bottoms. This is where the color palette comes in REALLY helpful. Keep in mind where you’re going and what you know you’ll be doing. If you have time, try on your outfit options and snap a few outfit selfies. That way, you won’t have to think about anything other than what color umbrella you’s like in your drink.
Maintaining organization through the chaos of packing can be a struggle, especially if you’re responsible for packing other family members. For this reason, we suggest utilizing a sold checklist. We suggest using a pre-made list like these we found on Pinterest to minimize the risk of forgetting anything. From weekend wedding trips to endless European excursions, we were able to find a list for virtually any vacation you could think of.
Traveling is really amazing, until you realize that you cannot pack your kitchen sink… Or steamer. For these instances, we rely on some seriously stylish travel hacks to get us through.
1) Smells like free spirit:
Airplane cabins are not usually referred to as a ‘breath of fresh air’. Who knows what smells brew down below next to your luggage. To keep your vacation attire smelling a care free as your mentality, we suggest tossing a dryer sheet (or two) into your suitcase. Not only will Downy keep your clothes so fresh and so clean, in the event that you run into a little static cling, you can wipe the interior of your clothes down with it. Problem solved!
2) Cheers to you:
It’s five o’clock everywhere when you vacation, which can get pricey. Catch a running start on your bar tab before you land by tossing a few (sealed) mini bottles into your carry on. As long as they are unopened, under 3oz, and properly packages… they fly free. (Unlike your stinky luggage.)
3) Super steam:
Wrinkles are never cute, even when you’re rocking your ‘chill mode’, but who has time/wants to iron? Remedy your wrinkles and exfoliate at the same dang time. Hang your garments in the bathroom (reads: not in the shower) and turn up the heat! After you’ve created your own steam room, brush out the wrinkles with a quick sweep of the hand and let dry. We can’t promise the same crease as your local laundromat, but it’s better than the left over luggage look.
Check out more of our Pinterest packing tips by following our boards! We’ve got lists for any occasion along with vacay ensemble inspiration. If you prefer to take the ‘buy to fly’ approach (buy an entire wardrobe specifically for your trip) let us know! We’d love to schedule a personal style appointment with you or just drop in! The SoLa team is well versed in wardrobe styling and real life. Leave your “what to wear” worry to us, we got this! For more information or to schedule a personal styling appointment, visit here or give us a call at 512-441-7370.