Vacation Packing Tips from a Pro
My upcoming beach getaway marks my 25th destination vacation, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still get stumped when it comes to packing efficiently for whatever a trip might bring. For example, what pieces can take me from beach to tropical safari and dinner??
Enter organizational and shopping expert Suzanne Colmer, who helps the elite stay on-trend and streamlined at home and abroad. She breaks down the packing process based on the getaway, and shares her fail-proof tips:
Whether you’re headed to a Caribbean resort or a wild Bali escape, it’s easy to fall into a slump while lounging in the hot sun. The key to staying stylish is to pack glam pieces that will transition from sand to sangrias.
“Pack a dress that you can throw on over your bathing suit during the day and put a necklace and wedges on at dinner,” suggests Suzanne.
Hiking up to Machu Picchu or discovering the ancient ruins of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat? There’s no reason why you can’t do any exotic trip while still looking Instagram-worthy:
“If you are heading outdoors for an exotic holiday, I suggest bringing pieces that layer well. A cardigan, light coat and scarf are not only functional, they also allow you to look pretty great in a selfie!”
Walking on the cobblestoned streets of your favorite European capital or shopping on 5th Avenue, your city excursion of choice requires a selection of high-fashion pieces. Look up the trends in the city you’re planning to visit so you’ll be as stylish as the locals – when in Rome…
“Big city vacations are my favourite. Depending on where you’re headed you may want to pack a special outfit that only ‘vacation you’ would wear. When I’m in Paris, I wear hats. Barcelona? I wear bright colors. Pack your basics that mix and match well, but also throw in a fantastic outfit for a special night out.”
For a quick bed-and-breakfast trip close to home, you need the essentials plus a little something extra – and as Suzanne points out – all of this can fit into one luxury weekender.
“If you’re just getting away for the weekend you’ll want to pack light. Lay out your three favorite tops and a pair of pants that goes with all of them (or skirt). Now add a few accessories and voilà – you are done!”
Suzanne’s last and most essential packing tip is to plan your en route outfit wisely because what you wear on the plane can lighten your luggage and heighten your style.
“No matter where you’re headed, make sure to wear your jacket on the plane, rather than packing it. And never wear yoga pants – instead put on a pair of pants you’ll actually wear when you get to your destination.”
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