I am a chronic over packer. Is there such thing as an 'over' over packer? I continue to work on refining my packing style with the whole less is more approach. In preparing to pack for our recent trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, I spent some time creating a packing board on the website Polyvore. My goal was to create some outfit ideas, similar to my own pieces, before I started overloading my suitcase. This is what I came up with as my packing scheme. I found this pre-planning visual to be a helpful tool and I do think it saved me from over packing this trip.
In packing for a seven day vacation, especially at a resort where poolside lounging is the focus, less really is more. For my basic travel wardrobe I mixed neutrals, patterns and pops of color, for cohesive looks that I could easily mix and match. My essentials for a beachy or resort vacation are maxi dresses/skirts, caftans and halter dresses which can be worn poolside or glammed up with a gold sandal and jewelry for a special dinner. Winter and early spring travel is milder in temperature so layering for a cool evening is a must. A scarf or pashmina can serve as a shoulder wrap in the evening. I was also glad I took a light sweater for chilly mornings and evenings.
I prefer halter style one piece swimsuits (it's a good decision-believe me;) and though I took 3 pretty suits this trip I only ended up wearing only 2. A sarong is go to for resort wear around the pool. I love the bright colors in this sarong I found in San Jose del Cabo this trip.
Depending on the type of resort heels may actually be appropriate for a dressy dinner. I ended up taking only one pair of heels and a pair of wedges and that worked perfectly for all my needs. I purchased a pair of Michael Kors thongs, with cork soles, and wore them almost constantly poolside and around the resort. The cork was super cushy and comfortable.
(always sad to leave a resort vacation behind-even with a tan)
I bought a similar pair in bronze but they also look chic in white.
I always make it a point to get a pedicure just before a vacation and in the winter I was in desperat need. I was wondering what type of polish would suit my pale winter skin and look pretty as my skin gained some color. I was very happy with one of my favorite shades from Deborah Lippmann 'Glamorous Life' and it made the transition between skin shades beautifully.
My final tip for a getaway applies to every time you get on an airplane. As we settled into our seats for our trip home I heard the person in front of us hacking, coughing and sneezing. I was unhappy when I realized I had packed my pashmina in my suitcase. Though I use it for a wrap, a pillow, and staying warm on a plane, I am not opposed to masking my mouth and nose with it when sitting near someone who is sick on the plane. I confess I'm a germa-phobe but since I work in school sites I pretty much need to be. In the end Scott and I both ended up getting sick after we got home. I ended up catching a pretty serious flu bug and have not left the house for almost a week. UGH!
My main companion all week. Jack.
I was grateful for a stack of magazines and Sex and the City reruns on TV though I mostly slept.
I eat fresh and healthy, try to get my sleep (when hot flashes allow), take my vitamins, get some exercise and wash hands/use my hand sanitizer faithfully but I still got sick. My girlfriends have recommended pro-biotics and I think I should give those a try. My mom swears by taking an antacid and coating the inside of your nose with vaseline (applied with a q-tip) when traveling on a plane to protect from those nasty recirculated air bugs. It's a funny visual but there may be something to it.
I'm finishing this just in time to pop the cork and watch the Oscars.
#it's my superbowl!
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