I’m usually guilty of over packing. Whether for a vacation, a thirty minute drive, or a trip to the zoo, I can’t help it: I’m a chronic sufferer of the “What If’s.” I like to be prepared for every scenario…
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we were recently on vacation in Hawaii. When I was happily packing for that trip, I started to imagine myself lugging around overweight suitcases (half of the contents I would never touch!), a loaded down backpack, two kids, a bag of souvenirs… My shoulders ached just thinking about it, and I was like, “No way!” I needed to change my bad habit immediately!
So I got down to business: what did I plan on doing there and what were my basic necessities? I built my wardrobe from there, planning my daily outfits, and by simply changing my approach, guess what? I used everything I brought and had tons of options ready to wear at every turn!
If you’re concerned with over packing and want the extra room in your suitcase to fit souvenirs and shopping trip spoils, then guess what? I’ve created a packing list to help guide you in your wardrobe choices. This list is intended for a ten day trip, with one visit to the laundry somewhere in there (I did in middle of our trip). However, if you’re NOT interested in doing laundry on vacation, then consider your wardrobe habits and needs:
- Do you need to start every day with a freshly laundered top?
- Do you wear the heck out of your shorts? Can they stand up on their own by the end of the day?
- Do you prefer not to wear dresses or skirts on vacation?
Taking these questions into consideration and adjust your packing accordingly! Use this list to help ensure you pack what you need and will actually wear, and not what you think you might need! Have fun planning and packing!
Beach Vacation Basic Packing List (10 Day Trip)
Pair of jeans
Pair of slip on travel shoes (if you don’t want to wear your sandals or flip flops)
4 pairs of shorts
1 maxi dress (black, chic, good for a fancy evening out, too)
1 dress (maxi or not)
6 tops (I like silk or polyester because they wash and air dry in only a few hours)
1 pair neutral, go-with-anything sandals
1 pair flip flops (sand)
1 pair hiking/excursion sandals (if you’ll be doing that kind of thing)
1 cross body purse
1 mini wallet (to keep your ID, credit cards, cash and insurance cards in)
1 sun hat
2 bathing suits (one dries while the other is ready to wear)
Suit cover-up (pashmina’s are awesome to use since they double up as a blanket on the plane too)
1 pair of Sunglasses
1 Full set of jewelry (matching earrings, necklace and bracelets)
*Optional – you can easily wear one of your planned vacation outfits and save room in your bag!