We all look forward to vacation, right? A chance to get away from the workaday world for a week (two, if you’re lucky) and just relax and regroup for a bit. Whether you have a fixed vacation spot that you enjoy year after year or like spending your vacations exploring new cities and seeing new sights, you probably want to look your best without packing too much. Below, we’ll take a look at some tips to make the most of your vacation, no matter where you roam.
Opt for some basic pieces in colors that are more neutral than not. Use accessories to brighten up the look. Jewelry and other accessories take up a lot less space than extra outfits, and you don’t have to worry about them getting wrinkled. Just be careful about packing or wearing anything too expensive–there’s no reason to spend your precious time off worried about losing your grandmother’s diamonds!
If your trip is going to involve lots of sightseeing, make sure you bring comfortable shoes. You probably already know how a pair of shoes can ruin an evening, right? Make sure your trip doesn’t suffer from blistered or sore feet. If you’re going to be doing more walking than you’re used to, consider gel insoles, soft socks, and maybe pack a few Band-Aids–just in case.
Most beach towns are super casual places, so you should be able to keep packing to a minimum. If you plan to do any sightseeing, souvenir shopping, or maybe go out for a nice dinner, you can usually go much more laid back in terms of fashion than in other places. Lightweight sundresses or rompers paired with your favorite sandals are all you really need. Choose your most comfortable sandals if you’ll do much off-beach walking. If you plan to wear your sandals or flip flops down on the beach, make sure you choose those that won’t be damaged by sand or saltwater.
Naturally, sunscreen is a must. A wide-brimmed hat is also a good idea. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that sitting under a big umbrella is all the protection you need. The sun’s rays will absolutely reflect off of the water and sand and find you anywhere–just ask my sister! It’s also a great idea to pack some after-sun lotion. Even if you avoid burning, the sun and its heat can be drying, so extra moisture is a plus. Consider storing your aloe-based lotion in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Gels with lidocaine (a numbing agent) are great for sunburns.
You also want to be sure you drink plenty of water to combat the dehydration that comes with long days in the sun and surf.
If you’re planning a ski trip or other cold-weather vacation, packing ultra light might not be an option. Layers are your best bet. Consider official thermal wear if you’ll be spending real time in the snow. Believe it or not, the same wetsuits divers use can be helpful in extreme cold, too, since they’re designed to hold body heat in rather than allowing it to escape. They also offer a bit more mobility than thicker thermal layers.
Just like the heat, cold (especially with wind) can rob your body of moisture. Stay well hydrated and moisturize your skin a couple times a day. If you’re thinking of wearing multiple pairs of socks to keep your feet warm, make sure your shoes will accommodate the extra bulk.
If any part of your vacation, wherever you go, involves a dress-up outing, you can slip on a waist trainer to narrow your waist and accentuate your bust and hips for an hourglass look that’s always in style. Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t restrict your breathing or movement. And did we mention comfortable shoes?