How to Pack for Your Summer Vacation in 3 Easy Steps

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Packing for a vacation often feels like you’re moving permanently to another city or a country. With a myriad of unnecessary accessories, clothing, and footwear, you end up with an overloaded luggage, and you don’t even get the chance to wear half of what you’ve brought. So, if you have no idea how to pack properly and keep all the clothes neat and tidy, the next three steps will make you a packing pro.

Essential guidelines

Even though we may think we need to bring our entire summer wardrobe to a vacation, actually that’s far from the truth. Spending most of the day at the beach in a swimsuit gives you the chance to pack lightly. So, the next time you start wondering whether you need that crochet top or not, chances are you don’t. The moment you’re not 100% sure, leave it aside, and move on to other pieces of clothing. Besides, it’s always better to leave some room to buy something new on the vacation than to carry a whole bunch of stuff that you won’t even put on once. What’s more, you can always wear your favourite skirt twice, just mix it up with another top, and get an entirely new outfit. Don’t load up on too many accessories and footwear either. Have in mind that you will probably want to buy a new pair of sandals or stylish bracelets while on a vacation, so make some room for shoe shopping.

Choose outfits strategically

Choosing a specific colour palette which you’ll stick to when selecting your tops, bottoms, and footwear is one of the best strategies that will help you pack lightly and painlessly. Effective colour combos will create a unique ensemble you’ll be able to mix and match in various different ways. Navy blue with the combination of white and red is the perfect nautical palette for a chic summer look. If you go for a pastel colour palette, consider matching dusky pink, peach, white, lemon, baby blue, baby pink, and taupe to look feminine and stylish. If your wardrobe already fits into a certain colour palette, it’ll be even easier for you to pick which clothes you’ll bring.

Packing list and finishing touches

When you start packing for a vacation, you can easily get carried away and bring more than you need. What you can do to prevent the unnecessary overload is lay out the all the clothing items you want to pack on the bed and see what you’ve actually picked. It’ll give you a perspective of how much you’re willing to pack for those 10-12 days on the seaside. If you still think you’ll end up with too much stuff in your luggage, consider applying the following packing list. Don’t pack more than three pairs of elegant shoes, a pair of flat sandals, and a pair of shoes you’ll wear for everyday walks. Always bring two swimsuits, and at least three summer dresses. A stylish womens denim jacket would go great with both dresses and shorts, and will keep you warm in case the nights are breezy. A pair of pants is enough, so go either for linen or denim jeans, but don’t bring both. Add one skirt, and three tops you can match with pants and a skirt, and choose jewellery that will help you create unique and fashionable ensembles. With 2-3 belts, you’ll make any outfit stylish and chic.

Final thoughts

If you used to pack too heavily for summer vacation, with these packing tips those days are far behind you. By following these three steps, packing for every next vacation will go smoothly and effortlessly. All you have to keep in mind is that you can always wash your clothes on vacation and that you don’t have to bring your entire wardrobe from home. Mix and match, and with the right colour palette you’ll always have a plethora of chic outfits to show off.

About the author

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a lifestyle writer and a recent newly wed living in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a fashion stylist and also as a freelance writer for few local magazines in Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and traveling around tropical destinations with his hubby Josh. His future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter.

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23 Responses

  1. Dazzling zest
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    I used to overload my bag for the vacations now i will keep these tips in my mind

  2. Jessica
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    These tips are great. I’m notorious for overpacking! Great to have a strategy!

  3. Packing for a road trip today, will surely keep these in mind 🙂

  4. Ana
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    I put a lot of thought into packing my suitcases but sometimes forget something that I really wanted to take with me because I also pack 4 other suitcases lol

  5. Dieter
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    I am the 5 min guy, what does not end up in my suitcase in 5 min stays at home, this is equal for vacation and business trips. Would not pack a day before or think a lot 🙂 cheers Dieter

  6. Riley
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    I really need to follow this because I always end up with my entire wardrobe in a suit case that won’t close lol!!

  7. Brittany
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    I definitely over pack. These are things I’ll have to follow!

  8. Kara
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    These are really easy steps! I can’t wait to try for my next trip 🙂

  9. Lindsay L.
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    Hey Peter, amazing tips! Definately going to need them as myself, my husband and our 2 baby girls will be going on vacation soon😊

  10. carmical
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    Just like Jessica, I am known for over-packing! No matter how hard I try, or how many times I say “I’m not doing it this time!”, I do. Great tips lady!

  11. pinkiebag
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    Hi some great tips. I always used to struggle packaging until I travelled last year. You only need the essentials. Oh and yes I did have a denim jacket.

  12. Krystin
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    Love this post, great tips! Totally agree with only the essentials needed

    Krystin
    http://www.girlinbetsey.com

  13. Rachel Lavern
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    Great tips. After years of over packing, I have finally found a method that works well for us.

  14. Julie
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    Great advice especially for long term solo travel. Thanks

  15. Travel Imagez
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    I always just have a carry on with me. Even then, still i have few extra clothes tha i dont wear. Great tips

  16. hannahpalmina
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    Great tips, I definitely need them because I am one to overpack!

  17. maryosadolor
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    These tips have made things easier for me in this aspect as i always find packing for a vacation very cumbersome. Thanks

  18. Jas
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    It happens all the time! I always bring a load of clothes and wear only a few selected items. These tips would surely work me. Great one!

  19. Meghan
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    I am such a minimalist when I come to packing. These a great tips

  20. taylorannes95
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    I always overpack but I love making sure I have enough stuff in case I change my mind or have unexpected weather or activities!

  21. TheMrsTee
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    I am definitely NOT a skilled packer. I almost always over pack and end up with a zipper bulging suitcase and way too many options. I love the tip of sticking within a set color palette…that could definitely help me out on my next trip!

  22. Bobbi
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    Great tips! I’m all about packing as light as I can. I really like the idea of sticking with a color palette!

  23. Agness of eTramping
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    Packing light is definitely my cup of tea but it’s never bad to learn new approach, Peter!

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