Going away with your family gives you a chance to spend time together. You can go anywhere you want, from back home to see extended family to halfway across the world. But there are still challenges when you go on vacation together, even if you’re looking forward to relaxing. One of the hardest things can be getting everyone packed to go. Once you’ve got everything the kids need, it can feel like there’s not a lot of space left for the things you need to take. And the idea of leaving something essential behind because you had to squeeze everything into one suitcase isn’t pleasant. For your next trip, make sure you pack up these essentials.
A Selection of Basics
Everyone has things that they wear every day. Even if you dress up smartly most of the time, you’ll find you have a selection of dress pants, skirts, blouses or other items that get a lot of use. You’re probably not going to be wearing anything too formal on vacation though, so jeans and t-shirts might be more likely items to start with. Of course, you can’t forget your underwear, hosiery and socks to make sure you can complete your outfits. Think about how you’re going to spend your days to decide how comfortable you need to dress.
Clothes Appropriate for the Climate
Depending on where you’re going, it could be pretty warm, cold, wet, humid, or anything else. Unless you’re going to stay inside the whole time, you’re going to need to have clothes that are appropriate for the climate and weather. If you’re going somewhere warm, you can get away with packing less. But even then, you never know if you might need a sweater on a cool evening. If the weather is going to be unpredictable, it’s best not to risk it where your clothes are concerned. You don’t want to end up having to buy an umbrella or waterproof jacket because you’ve left yours at home.
Jewelry to Go with Anything
You might be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to look good. You can still accessorize your outfits, whether you’re lounging on the beach or going to church with your momma. But when you’re traveling, you can’t take your whole jewelry collection, so you have to choose carefully. A few simple pieces will go with just about anything you want to wear. For example, the 14k gold chains by Frost NYC are relatively basic in their design, but they still stand out. Jewelry like basic diamond or pearl studs or delicate necklaces shouldn’t clash with any of your outfits.
At Least One Smart Outfit
You never know what’s going to happen when you’re on vacation. Even if you’re not planning on going anywhere you need to dress up, you still might end up going out. You don’t want to have to buy a new outfit to go to a restaurant, so make sure you pack something you’ll feel great in. If you don’t want to take up too much space in your suitcase, a dress is always a great option. Put together a single outfit you can wear in a smarter setting – and remember to pack something smart for the kids too.
A Choice of Shoes
Don’t forget to consider what shoes you might need to wear on your feet. It could be anything from snow boots to sandals, and it’s always best to be prepared. Wearing the wrong shoes for the weather or the terrain can leave you feeling miserable. It can be hard to limit how many pairs of shoes you pack if you’re trying to be prepared. But you don’t need to take your entire collection. Think about taking one practical pair that will keep your feet warm and dry, no matter the weather, as well as one smart pair, and one casual pair.
Apart from your clothes and shoes, your toiletries and makeup are the next most important thing to pack. They can take up a lot of space, so putting some of your favorite products into smaller travel bottles is always a smart idea. Put them into pump bottles if you can, because trying to get products out of normal open-necked bottles can be tricky. You’ll need your usual products for washing, as well as your favorite makeup choices. Try to resist taking too many options. Pick an everyday makeup look and one for going out in the evening to limit what you take.
Get ready for your next family trip by packing all your essentials. Don’t spend so long packing for the kids that you forget about yourself.