The tension between stylish outfits and not overpacking by about double… am I right??
A heavy suitcase can cost you up to $200 extra for your flight (each way!!), so let’s try to streamline clothing selection to maximize those coveted feelings of relaxation.
This week, I’m workcationing on Fripp Island on the Carolina coast, which means I just planned my 5 days of beach outfits and am super happy with the results! Travel, to me, is more about what I take away than what I bring. When I travel light I have more mental space to taste, savor, and experience the beauty & delight of the destination.
My goal in this post is to help you to do the same: balance the desire for personal style with the desire to soak up everything around you. Sound good?
Here are the 3 filters for your outfits:
“Beach vacation” is super broad. Will you be snorkeling, suntanning, touristing cute beach villages? Will you need comfortable sandals to walk miles in every day, or do you plan to be barefoot and just have a pair of flip-flops?
First off, envision what activities you’ll participate in. For me, it’s usually sunning, throwing a frisbee or football around, and touristing 1 or 2 days. So, my daytime looks are more casual. But for dinner, I like to dress up just a little bit.
If you can stick to outfits within one color palette, you can limit the extra accessories you need to bring. When I’m planning my week of outfits, I pull out all the potential outfits from my closet, and then see which colors I’m vibing with based on my mood.
I had 4 potential color palettes, based on my (admittedly usually beachy) wardrobe. I decided on this one:
One of the keys to not overpacking is to use pieces of clothing in multiple ways, such as:
When it comes to travel, one of my big secrets is that I wear the same pieces multiple times in different outfits. (Shh! Don’t tell!) So, while I have my 5 outfits laid out for this week, I’ll probably switch them up based on what I want to wear that day. Here’s how I originally styled them when I packed:
By packing intentionally — really thinking through your outfits — you can create self-expression through less pieces, which saves you money for travel costs, mental space when you’re getting ready in the mornings, and precious time as you decide on your outfit of the day.
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