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Bags Are Packed, You’re Ready to Go

With the school year coming to an end and the summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about all those upcoming vacations. It’s always fun to plan the trips and let the excitement build as it gets closer and closer. The thing that’s not always so much fun is the packing. You have to worry about what to wear, how much to bring, what if you over pack, or what if you forget something. Below, you’ll find some great tips to make packing easy and stress-free so you can focus on the vacation itself and all the fun you’ll have.

Plan It Out – Take a moment to write down how many days and nights you’ll be on your trip to determine how many outfits you will need. Also plot out what events or activities you’ll be involved in so you know what type of attire is appropriate. For example: going out to dinner, hanging out at the beach, going hiking, etc.

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Choose a Theme – It’s a good idea to pick an overall color scheme for your clothing to make it easy to interchange all of your items. Starting with a few basics helps to minimize over packing too. Choose a couple pairs of jeans and a few neutral colored tops that you can mix and match with each other. You may want to choose between a black or brown scheme as well so you don’t have to bring two sets of similar shoes or jewelry. You will just know that every item can go with the other.

Match Outfit to Event – Go back through the list you made of the events and activities you’ll be doing on your vacation and match outfits to each one. Utilize the mix-and-match approach to give yourself the most options without having to pack too much. This is the time to make sure you have a dressy outfit if you have a fancy dinner planned, or at least one swimsuit and coverup if you’ll be lounging by the pool all day.

Shoes and Layers – It can be easy to get carried away and over pack when it comes to shoes and extra clothing. Going along with your color scheme, choose any shoes that are appropriate for the activities and stop there. You don’t have to bring multiple sandals and tennis shoes. The same goes for extra clothing like jackets. Bring a couple neutral sweaters or long sleeve items that can easily be thrown on over whatever you’re wearing each day.
Extras – So you have put everything into your suitcase, realize you have a lot of extra room, and now are worried that maybe you didn’t pack enough or you are missing something since this has never happened to you. Don’t suddenly throw in anything you see around you just to fill up the space. Take a moment to double check that all your activities have the appropriate clothing packed, and if so, just add a favorite top or extra pair of pants just in case. Be sure to leave room for souvenirs or anything you might end up bringing back with you.

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