Hola, fashionistas! This week, Sean and I are taking a much-needed vacation to the Dominican Republic. Our plans involve a lot of beach time, poolside relaxing, tropical drinks and not much else. While some people dread packing, it's one of my favorite pastimes. What better way to get excited for a getaway than to plan what you'll be wearing when you get there? I'm sharing my suitcase essentials and strategies for packing efficiently.
Most airlines these days charge to check a bag, even internationally, so I always try to fit everything in my carry on. Especially for a summer trip where clothes are light, it can be done. The secret is to plan outfits ahead of time instead of just tossing in a bunch of tanks/shorts, etc. Since they are the tiniest items, I packed a bunch of bikinis (like the Yandy ones above). Light cover ups (my mom made this orange tunic!) are also easy to stock up on. Think several basics and lots of tiny extras, like bandeaus, scarves and jewelry.
Yes, you can bring your sun hat! I layered a few of my bulkier things at the bottom of my suitcase then put my hat in upside down. I slid lighter items under the sides and stuffed the center with bathing suits so the hat will keep its shape. Another handy trick: Stuff socks into shoes/sandals. It doubles up on space, and they won't get crushed trying to squish them in.
I don't pack light when it comes to product but load up on sample-size items. (All of this easily fit into the gallon ziplock required for airlines.) I subscribe to Birch Box, so I always try to stockpile some sunscreens, foundations and face moisturizers for an upcoming trip. And the sample-size beach sprays and leave-in conditioners are a godsend. If you don't subscribe to a sample service, don't underestimate the drug store's travel aisle. They have a ton of sample-size products as well as small containers you can pour your favorite products into. The hotel will have shampoo and conditioner, but I always pack body wash to avoid using itchy bar soap.
For my "purse" carry-on, I always put a small bag into a larger tote. That way, the tote can double as a beach bag, and the smaller clutch or cross-body works for nights out or day trips.
For a beach vacation, I usually only bring one strapless or convertible bra. Bikini tops can double as great layering pieces! Light sundresses don't take up much space and are easy to lay on top right before you zip. Good to go!