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Spring Lookbook: How to Pack for Your Next Vacay

As the weather starts to become warmer and we get closer and closer to needing a break from work spring vacations are planned. We’re currently on a family vacation to Portugal, and it has been much needed!! I know many of you ladies have spring or summer vacations of your own coming soon, and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you’re counting down the minutes until vacation mode begins. I always get so excited for a trip, but one thing that feels like a major chore beforehand? Packing.

I used to hate packing and always dreaded opening up my suitcase and trying to figure out what I was bringing along. It’s all about finding that balance between majorly overpacking and not bringing enough… and admittingly, I was never the best at it. But over the years I’ve tried to slowly become better at effectively packing and I pretty much now consider myself a pro 😉 I thought it was time I put everything I’ve learned into one spot so today we’re chatting all things packing!

Keep reading for my top packing tips, what items to pack, and how to most effectively pack so while you’re on your vacation, the last thing you’re stressing about is your outfits.

Plan Your Outfits

If you take one thing from this post, let it be this! Take the time and energy to plan your outfits beforehand. I know I know, it sounds like another thing to add to the list, but I’m telling you, once you’re on your trip you will be SO grateful you did it. Before you start throwing clothing into your suitcase, take the time to map out your outfits. Try things on with accessories and shoes and take a photo of the full look. Save it into a folder on your camera roll to refer back to later so getting dressed on vacation is a breeze! I’d recommend opting for versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple looks. Think lightweight dresses, comfortable separates, and stylish accessories that can transition effortlessly from day to night.

Stick to a Color Palette

To maximize outfit combos and keep the overpacking at a minimum, stick to a color palette. I’m not saying everything needs to match perfectly, but bringing separates that generally all work together will save you time and energy while getting ready. Choose neutral base colors like white, beige, or black, and add pops of color or prints with accessories or statement pieces.

Day to Night is Key

When space is limited, packing pieces that day go from day to night is a game-changer. Look for versatile dresses that can easily be styled multiple ways, pretty tops that work for everything, or jackets that you can add to a look to dress it up a bit. These pieces not only save space in your suitcase but also give you more outfit options without overpacking.

Embrace Lighter Fabrics

Spring weather is often unpredictable, so layering in your look is crucial. I always like to pack pieces made of lighter fabrics that can easily be layered for warmth or become breathable and comfy when it gets warm outside. Materials like cotton, linen, and lightweight knits are perfect for this and something to keep an eye out for if you’re making any purchases for your trip. Plus, lightweight fabrics take up less room in your suitcase leaving you more room for shoes and accessories! 😉

Don’t Forget Accessories

Speaking of accessories… don’t forget them! They are what will give you the ability to take your vacay looks to the next level and will allow you to wear the same thing with a completely different vibe. It’s easy to only bring along a few pairs of earrings or one bag (I get the appeal) BUT I think it’s so worth it to leave space for accessories. I’m not saying bring every hat you own, but don’t skimp on the extra pieces. Accessories are outfit enhancers!

Packing takes practice– I always learn something new when I go on a trip! But these tips have made such a difference for me and have turned packing into something I once dreaded into something that can be kind of exciting! I’d love to hear if you have any packing tips of your own so drop them in the comments!