Summer Travels - Packing Tips

With summer in full effect, weekend getaways are officially here and packing wisely for them is a must. Whether you’re preparing for a girls' weekend away or visiting out-of-state family and friends, there are a few key pieces that should always hold a place in your suitcase. Narrowing down my wardrobe to its fash bones is an art I perfected during college when my hubby and I would meet halfway between our colleges every few weeks in our favorite little beach town. No matter what the weekend's plans were, one piece you'd never find my suitcase without is a colorful maxi. These breezy summer dresses are not only super space savers, but can easily transition from day to night by simply adding a bright clutch or fabulous shoe. These fash repeat pieces, as I like to call them, are crazy crucial when it comes to packing light. Once I have a stand out maxi selected, like this one here, I always choose a color palette for the rest of my pieces. Whether it's my go-to neutrals or a trendy pastel palette, when you pack similar shades, it makes mixing and matching a thoughtless process. Forget something? Fear not, because you can easily pair your key pieces to create the perfect go anywhere ensemble even if you did forget you favorite pair of bright colored skinnies.  

Casual Essentials:

No matter where your travels may take you, a pair of skinny jeans is always a good idea. Any item that can be dressed up or down by a simple change in footwear is always a standout when you’re trying to slim down your packing list. During summer I always make sure to bring a pair of wedges and a comfortable cardigan. Predicting the weather isn't a skill most of us possess, and as a girl who is notoriously cold everywhere I go, this light layover is insanely important. Try stowing it in your tote for those unexpected degree dips. 

Play Dress Up:

Nighttime attire is crucial when it comes to weekend getaways; whether you’re playing dress up for a dinner date or drinks with girlfriends, the perfect pair of heels that you can also pair with your skinny jeans is a must. Remember to pack them in the center of your bag, (heels facing in) so they're protected on both sides. I always suggest bringing at least one dress. Whenever I visit my family a single outing to the mall suddenly becomes lunch with extended family, followed by coffee with cousins, and then dinner with old friends, so a cute dress like this floral one will have you looking stylish no matter what comes your way.  

Time To Accessorize:

I bring a ridiculous amount of costume jewelry with me on every trip, so to keep things slightly organized I always have a dedicated zip lock bag for my rings, earrings, and so on. To keep them safe, I add cotton strips to each bag for a nice layer of padding. Avoid cotton balls, they tend to cling. Three pieces I always make sure to include are an oversized bangle that could work with at least two of my outfits, a cocktail ring in gold or silver that can mix with everything, and a light scarf for function, that can also add a dash of fash to my basics.

Now that you’re ready to pack, don’t forget to roll your clothes when filling your suitcase for the maximum amount of room. A girl should always have a little extra space in her suitcase for impromptu shopping sprees. 
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One thing you never want to find yourself without on a vacation is your hair essentials. I never travel anywhere without hairbands, bobby pins, and of course my seriously fabulous  Jose Eber multi-barrel curling set. The various barrel sizes make it super easy to change up my look and it heats up in seconds, allowing me to style my hair in half the time. If you're on an endless search for the perfect curling iron, look no further than Jose Eber. You can check out their amazing products here and the muti-barrel curling set here! Use the code FASH15 at checkout to get 15% off any purchase on the www.joseeberhair.com website! xo

73 comments:

  1. I think that the accessorizes are very important to have in your suitcase when going for a Summer trip, since they can change the outfit so much and make the most basic outfit very interesting one :)

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  2. I couldn't agree more about the maxi dress. I love to bring a nice maxi dress whenever I travel. Great suggestions.

    xx Amy

    www.LeopardandLillies.com

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  3. Great tips! I too always plan my packing and my pieces.. just because I am on holiday, it doesn't mean I have to miss all the fun, right?

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  4. wow the heels are gorgeous!


    kiss from Spain,

    ✿✿✿letizia

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  5. These are great tips, Anna. Thanks for the advice, I couldn't agree more about the maxi dress being the number one piece.

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  6. I always wondered what kind of curling iron you used. Love your hair. Thanks for the info.

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  7. awesome post!

    x

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  8. really nice tips!


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  9. I always tend to overpack, these are great tips for keeping your luggage light and still having all the essentials!

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  10. Love these tips, girl. And those pink heels are faint worthy.

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  11. I need that curlier. Your hair always looks flawless. Fab tips.

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  12. Great post, Anna. Extremely informative and I love the idea of choosing a color story to make things easier. I hope you have a great day.

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  13. Thanks for these great tips!! They'll definitely come in handy over the next few months. :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  14. Fabulous post, sweets. I definitely need to up my maxi collection. I love the Rachel Roy you linked here.

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  15. Thank you for the great tips!
    We are going to Paris next month and I am terrible with packing, suitcase ALWAYS overweight!
    So your tips will keep me motivated to pack light! :)

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    xxx

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  16. Fabulous post Anna. I totally agree about the maxi dress. It's my summer wardrobe staple and number one on any travels.
    Adela xx

    Adela-stylefile.com

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  17. Stellar tips Anna. I'm planning a trip to Miami and these will certainly be helpful. I'll have to check out that curling iron. xx

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  18. Great blog. New fan

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  19. Great Post and Tips. Thank you for sharing Anna.
    xo, Petra

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  20. Your hair looks so beautiful!

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  21. i was JUST eying that white romper! and OMG...that curling iron!!! i am in LOVE with my jose eber clipless iron...like seriously curl my hair all.the.time now! now if only i had YOUR hair! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  22. Great tips as always Anna! Love to come here.
    xoxo Caroline

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  23. Great post!!!

    xx

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  24. gorgeous pictures!! love everything!! thank you for the tips!!
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  25. Nice tips and totally agree with you ;)

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  26. The heels are absolutely stunnig. Everything is so pretty and stylish.
    xx

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  27. great tips thanks for sharing :)


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  28. great tips, thx for sharing
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  29. That romper from ASOS is the cutest thing ever! I've been eyeing it for a while...I think I just need to take the plunge!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    http://poorlittleitgirl.com

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  30. I like so much the combinations here!

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  31. These are very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Great pics! That curling iron is now on my wish list!

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  33. Perfect timing, I'm headed out to charleston next week and don't know how to fit everything!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  34. Oh i deffo have to try this curling set, your curls are looking totally adorable ! Thanks for sharing ! XX Tani

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  35. I agree with all your packing tips Anna....Skinny jean & curling iron will always take me places!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  36. One staple fashion piece I haven't owned yet is the Maxi dress. I know I'm way behind the times. But your posts are inspiring me to shop for the perfect one! Making a family beach trip (Destin!) in a few weeks and I'm thinking I should put it at the top of my shopping list. Thanks for the tips! <3

    Mallory

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  37. My travel staples definitely include a wrinkle-free cocktail dress and a good maxi skirt. Style and comfort!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  38. Great tips! I will definitely benefit from these. I'm a terrible over-packer!

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  39. Great tips! I always pack a light colorful scarf as the perfect addition to brighten up a casual jeans & tank look.
    Check out my new outfit post!!

    xx-MC
    http://mc2squared.blogspot.com

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  40. You always have perfect posts! I love your tips! I'm so into day dresses now! Whether it's pastels or florals or stripes! That's what I'm constantly looking for now! :)
    Hope you check out my new post love!

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  41. Great post! I'm a notorious over packer. It's really bad. I impressed myself when I went on a three day work trip and had room left in my carry-on despite having 4 pairs of shoes!

    XO
    http://justasmalltowngirlblog.blogspot.com

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  42. Great tips! I recently packed for a five week vacation and followed some of these rules. It really helped!
    XO Heidi
    http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-to-pack.html

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  43. I love your curler!
    can you please give us the brand?
    Great traveling tips!
    Xox
    Borka

    http://chicfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  44. My mom has that same set of vintage luggage in the first photo! My current go-to vacation piece is a lace dress...I make it casual for day (over a bikini too) and dressier for evening. Thank you for the jewelry packing tips!

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  45. Wow great post and beautiful Girl!!
    Love the pictures from your Wedding!!
    They look like a wonderful Wedding!! :)
    xx Marina

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  46. Awesome post! Thanks for the tips! Your hair turned out really pretty too in the last pic!

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  47. That curling iron is just what I need!

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    Christina

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  48. Love the hair!!!! It's so cute!!!! I like the packing pointers, great tips. Those dress-up outfits are adorable ;)
    -Nurse Frugal
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  49. Packing gives me anxiety! I never pack enough yet always pack things I never wear! I love the curling wand...I wish it had a flat iron attachment too!

    Totally agree about the maxi dress...my basic black and striped one comes with me everywhere I go!


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  50. This post is so great especially since packing has been on my mind lately. I have ten days left before I leave for Paris and I'm freaking out about packing!

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  51. Just came back from vacation...ready to go again!!

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    Un beso. ¡Sigueme en www.modaenunclic.blogspot.com!
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  53. great tips! i'm planning on taking a road trip so this will definitely help!

    City Style

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  54. Love it! You one of the best stylists and your key pieces are always spot on.

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  55. These are great tips! I definitely have to organize my jewelry better on vacations.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  56. Smart tips :) Its awful when I'm away from home and don't have my trusty hairties and mousse. The rainbow dress is my favorite!

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  57. I completely agree! Whenever I'm packing a pick a few staples and then all my accessories are in the same color family so I can easily mix and match!

    Dana
    Big City Farm Girl

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  58. Great post! Tonight I will be packing for a little weekend getaway with my mom so will be putting some of these tips to use :)

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  59. So funny, Anna - the HuffPost piece I JUST did was on Summer Packing (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-bortnick/summer-vacation-packing_b_1597643.html)! Great minds think alike ;) Love your post. xo

    Julie

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  60. Love this! So helpful for the girl who always over packs and never has anything to wear on arrival!
    XX,
    Morgan

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  61. Just stumbled on your blog....this is such a great post. I always dread packing and tend to leave it until the last minute.....I will be following your great tips for my next trip tho. Kate xo

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  62. HOW did i not know about this??! this looks like the best curling appliance EVER! Your hair looks gorgey my dear! xoxo

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  63. Wow that curling iron looks AWESOME! I'll be looking for that the next time I need a new one! Love your blog!

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  64. Thanks for sharing the curling iron!! I've been looking for one that's not the typical curling iron. I love the way it curls your hair!

    Linh
    http://befashionfit.blogspot.com/

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  65. Fabulous as always. You look amaze.

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  66. I am much the same, I have a few staples I always pack. I believe nude heels, or a great pair of black pumps are the go to shoes though. And a great pair of dark wash skinnies is sure to go with anything you pair on top :)

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