Looking Fabulous While Traveling This Summer

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Woman in layer dress walking on the sand.

As summer is in full swing, planning your vacation getaway is fun and stressful at the same time. The fun part is imagining all the exciting places to go, things to do, and yummy food to eat. The stressful part is planning how to budget for it all and packing before you go.

The mistake most people make is that they overpack before they go on a trip, leaving little room for gifts and souvenirs and paying expensive baggage costs for overstuffed bags of things you’ll never use. Striking the right balance between packing lightly and packing to look good isn’t as difficult as you may think.

When planning your summer vacation, consider the climate and types of activities you plan to participate in at your destination. Then, as you evaluate the types of clothing and accessories you may need, begin making a packing list before stuffing your bags to the brim.

In other words, always make a packing list ahead of time and pare it down to the bare minimum. In your packing list, you want to be able to check off items such as:

  • Toiletries
  • Clothing and shoes (that match the demands of the trip)
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Traveler’s checks, credit cards, and money
  • Passports and visas, or other travel documents (if needed)
  • Insurance cards
  • Emergency contact information
  • Electronic chargers

When packing for your trip, there are a few things to consider, as well. Packing lightly and choosing neutral, light colors that can intermix with other garments will allow you the flexibility to create multiple outfits from only a couple of different pieces of clothing. Throw in a lightweight accessory and have two or more outfits from the same clothing items.

Consider Light Colors

When traveling during the summer, remember that dark colors absorb heat, making them hotter to wear. Instead, choose light colors that you can mix and match to create multiple outfits that won’t cause you to get overheated, especially outdoors.

Include Loose Fitting, Breathable Garments

Wearing tight clothes is uncomfortable on the mildest of days, but add in some heat and sun, and tight clothes become unbearable. Choose instead to wear loose-fitting tops and dresses made from a breathable material like silk, cotton, and linen.

Avoid synthetic fibers as they don’t breathe as well and can trap in moisture and heat, making your outfit unbearable. Instead, a spaghetti strap or off-the-shoulder top with a light, flowing skirt is a perfect around-the-town outfit for a warm summer day.

Dress In Layers

Dressing in layers can serve multiple functions. On the one hand, it can act as a way to dress warmly in the cooler parts of the day and to dress cooler when it’s hotter.

Second, layers can add to sun protection, which is essential if you’re going to be outside for an extended amount of time. Tightly woven clothing may be uncomfortable during hotter weather, but it also provides better sun protection.

Instead of tight-fitting outfits, layers of loose-fitting tops can protect you as well as a single layer of tighter-fitting clothes, especially if paired with sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and other sun protection.

Choose Clothes For the Location

If you’re traveling somewhere by the coast, you want to dress accordingly. Similarly, a bikini and sandals may not be the best outfit if you’re traveling to the desert. Dressing for the location and the types of activities you’ll be participating in are crucial in your pre-trip packing list.

Dressing for the location also helps you plan your outfits to accentuate what you want in subdued ways. For example, you don’t want to be in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico dressed over the top as if you were bouncing around in Manhattan, would you?

Only Bring Minimal Accessories

Jewelry and other accessories are essential, but just like dressing for the location, too much jewelry during the summer can seem gauche and tacky, to say the least. Also, when it’s hot, jewelry has a tendency to stick to your skin, so wearing minimal jewelry is a good suggestion.

For example, a loose-fitting dress with open-toed sandals and simple gold huggie earrings would look amazing if you’re at a beachside resort dressing for dinner. What’s better is that you would look good and feel comfortable at the same time.

When you travel this summer, looking good and staying comfortable comes down to three words: simple is better. Design your outfits based on where you plan on traveling and the types of activities you are going to do. Creating a pre-trip packing list can help you save time and destress what is the most stressful part of any vacation, packing to look good at the same time as saving space in your luggage.

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