Planning a vacation is always a little bit of fun and a little bit of stress. Choosing the destination is fun, and budgeting your vacation money is stressful. Deciding what attractions you want to visit is fun, but trying to come up with who’s going to take care of your dog is stressful. Packing for the trip is… both? It’s true – packing can be both fun and stressful when you combine planning outfits with limited luggage space and unpredictable weather. But if you’re going away on a summer, tropical getaway, here are some tips for packing:
Pack essentials first
Of course you’ve already planned three different outfits for each day you’ll be there, but before you start stuffing them all in there, think of the essentials you will need: Undergarments go unmentioned, but when you’re going for a tropical vacation, your essentials are swimwear, a beach cover-up, a big hat, some sunscreen and a day dress that you’re going to spend all of your lounge time in. Depending on the activities you’re planning, if the only time out of the house is when you’re heading down to the beach, you’ll want to focus more on comfy, practical clothing that will get you there, because to face the truth – that’s what you’ll be wearing most of the time.
Thin fabrics – more space
Packing when going somewhere warm means that all of your clothing will be made of thin, dainty fabrics, unlike denim and knitwear that you might pack if you’re going somewhere cold. Summer clothes take up a lot less space, which is a thing to keep in mind when booking your flight. You might not even need a checked-in bag if everything you want to bring can fit in a carry-on. Or if you do want to use the extra space, you can safely pack more shoes, hats and other chunky accessories that otherwise wouldn’t fit.
Pick the perfect swimsuit
You’ll be spending most of your time in a swimsuit, so that shouldn’t be an afterthought. Take your time to shop and find the perfect swimsuit (or two, three…) that you feel good and comfortable in. Try to match your swimsuit to your body type to give yourself a boost of confidence. Something like high waisted bikini bottoms looks good on anyone, so you should make pieces like that a part of your repertoire no matter what your body shape is. If you’re going on a longer vacation, then you might want to make all of your swimsuit pieces match in a way you can swap out tops and bottoms to get a new look.
Plan your outfits by the day
If you’re going away for less than a week, then you can really put all of your outfits together beforehand and know exactly what you want to wear when the day comes. When you put together an outfit, put it in a bag and pack it in your suitcase, so that you have everything neatly together, and you can put it back in the bag after you’ve worn it. However, if you want to mix and match pieces, the best way to remember everything you planned is to take pictures of the outfits before you pack the pieces, so you can just go through your phone, find what you want to wear that day and then pull out those pieces.
Capture the moment
Tropical destinations are not only beautiful to look at, but they are a perfect backdrop for all of your vacation pictures. That being said, you’ll want to bring along a few things to capture that perfect moment. If you’re really into photography, you can bring along your camera with a few different lenses to make stunning photos. However, for most of us, our phone is the trusty camera we always have. If you want to take some interesting selfies, then getting a gorilla tripod is the best way to ensure you can put your camera anywhere, set a timer and snap amazing shots.
Going on vacation should be the fun relaxing time of the year, so make sure you try to minimize the stress and have fun, both while preparing to go, and especially once you set off.
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