Packing for a multi-city vacation: Travel Style

Hey guys,

If you are anything like me, than you are the ultimate procrastinator when it comes to traveling. I tend to travel a few times a year and my trips can range anywhere from an extended weekend to a 7-14 day trek. As much as I love to travel, my procrastination gives me so much anxiety the days leading up to any trip.  I am such the last-minute packer! I like to spend time packing mentally before I actually pull things out of my closet. When I finally pack, it’s either late the night before I leave or literally the morning of, depending on how late my flight is.  Then I over pack!

Back in the day I used to have a full bag full of shoes and way more outfits than I needed. This always resulted in cumbersome check in processes and fees or  sitting at the security gate transferring things from one bag to another in order to get my suitcase to fit the damn box that measures how big your luggage should be.  My packing style made an already stressful process even worse!

I’ve gotten so much better these days, as I’ve learned to streamline my packing style.  Now instead of a bag full of shoes and outfits packed for those just in case moments, I’ve learned how to mix and match with just a few key pieces and some neutral toned shoes and minimal accessories. This week I’m traveling to Atlanta for a week and  leave to spend another week on Martha’s Vineyard. For this multi-city trip, I had to not only find some great mix and match pieces, but also pack clothing that would be suitable for both environments. One being a metropolitan city and the other a beach town.

Staple pieces in my outfit rotation:

4 necklaces

3 shorts

3 pairs of shoes

2 sunglasses

1 clutch

1 coverup

2 hats

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Croptop: Zara / Shorts: Express / Sunglasses: Nasty Gal / Espadrilles: Forever 21 / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Perfume: Miss Dior / Earrings : Anne Klein / Necklace : H&M

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Portofino: Express / Shorts: Express / Sandals : Aldo / Clutch : Nine West / Sunglasses: Free People / Necklace: Target / Perfume: Philosophy Amazing Grace

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Sunglasses : Nastygal / Shirt: Express / Collective Pin Set: Free People / Necklace: Local Jeweler / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Shorts: Missguided / Sandals: Kenneth Cole / Clutch: Nine West

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Necklace : Target / Sunglasses: Free People / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Peplum top: Forever 21 / Shorts: Missguided / Sandals: Aldo / Clutch: Nine West

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Sunglasses: Free People / Necklace: Target / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Clutch: Nine West / Racer Back bodysuit: Free People / Chambray top: Wet Seal / Shorts: Pac Sun / Sandals: Aldo

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Lippies: Kylie Cosmetics / Sunglasses: Free People / Top: Abercrombie & Fitch / Necklace: H&M / Clutch: Nine West / Shorts: PacSun / Sandals: Aldo

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Striped Button Down : J. Crew/ Sunglasses: Free People / Necklace : Local Jeweler/ Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Clutch: Nine West / Sandals: Kenneth Cole / Shorts: PacSun

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Sunglasses: Nastygal / Necklace: Target / Lipstick: K.i.s.s / Nude Palette : Drugstore brand / Perfume: Marc Jacobs Daisy / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Cami: Express / Shorts: Missguided / Clutch: Nine West / Sandals: Aldo

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Peplum top: Express / Shorts: Forever 21 / Sunglasses: Free People / Necklace: H&M / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Clutch: Nine West / Sandals : Aldo

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Sunglasses: Nastygal / Dress: Express / Hat: Forever 21/ Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Espadrilles: Forever 21

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Hat: H&M / Lashes: MAC / Sunglasses: Free People / Dress: Asos / Necklace: Target / Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Sandals : Kenneth Cole

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Cover up: Hollister / Bikini top: Victoria Secret / Bikini Bottom: Hollister / Necklace: Target / Sunglasses : Nastygal

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Coverup: Hollister / Necklace: Target / Bikini Top: Hollister / Bikini Bottom: H&M/ Sunglasses: Free People/ Perfume : Philosophy Amazing Grace

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Hat: Forever 21/ Necklace: Target / Monokini: Victoria Secret/ Bracelets: Alex and Ani / Sunglasses: Free People/ Perfume: Gucci Guilty

 

I like to use the rolling technique to pack my clothes, I find that it keeps them wrinkly free and is a great way to pack and still have space. I layer the bottom of my suitcase with my shoes and then stack like pieces in a pile and roll them. I was able to free half of my luggage space for my toiletries and make up back which sat right on top of the shoes. Easy peasy!

Kisses! Besos! Bisous!

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Here’s a tutorial that helped me with efficient packing!

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68 Comments

  1. I always end up over packing! Your flat lays and planning are such a great idea. Looks like you have the perfect mix and match outfits. Loving those black flatform lace ups.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Especially these days with the outrageous fees! The key is to really try your best to travel as light as possible. Which is a feat within itself for us girls 🙂

  2. Packing can be so hard sometimes! Love all these outfits you’ve created! I could have used this last week when I was packing for our vacation!

  3. All of these outfits look so good! I am a major procrastinator as well and am still trying to improve my packing game 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful July!

  4. Such an informative post! I’m not a last minute packer, but it can still get overwhelming because I wonder if I’ve packed enough. Loving your sunglasses.

  5. I SO needed to read this… we are leaving for Italy in less then 2 weeks and we’ll be taking a train in-between cities and changing hotels 3 times! I really need to be smart about packing!! Thanks for sharing! And, these are all adorable outfits. I def. need to rotate some shorts- it is going to be HOT there.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  6. SMART. I’m the same person you described in the first paragraph– I start mentally packing, make a list, and before you know it I’m packing a parka to go to California in July *just in case.*

    I like your idea of packing by outfit– I will actually have to try that next time! Enjoy your vacation xx

    http://www.madame-ostrich.com

  7. I am packing for a holiday soon so this is really helpful.. thank you for sharing! You seem really lovely too, I would love to follow each other and stay in contact.. let me know if you want to! x

    adelelydia.blogspot.com

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