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Packing Tips for Summer Travel....{and what not to take!}.

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We are gearing up for summer time travel in our house. Though I love to travel I find packing to be a challenge. It's like doing a puzzle and I'm trying to predict how I want the pieces to fit a week from now on a Caribbean Island. I'll admit it, I've grown into a consummate over packer.  Frankly, blogging has not helped, with all the potential fashion and outfit posts (of which I actually post almost none).#lazy

In planning for our  upcoming 10 day Caribbean vacation I decided to do a  post mortem on my packing from our spring getaway to Los Cabos. I remember over packing to the extreme despite my best planning

This was my resort closet at Secrets Marquis in San Jose del Cabo. 
Almost half of these pieces I didn't even wear.  
These are my tips as I review my visual list here:

1- When packing for a summertime getaway-less is definitely more.
2- If it's hot or humid I tend to wear swimsuits, cover-ups, maxis and caftans almost exclusively.
             *Pack fewer pairs of panties & bras 
             *When it's hot we have less need for night wear #go naked#enough said.
3-Dinners at a resort can be dressy but a pretty pair of flats is usually all you need.
 I'll take one pair of heeled sandals, in case I'm in the mood, but you can skip them all together.                   4- Anything too structured or tight, however stylish, will not be comfortable in humidity. 
Flowy and breathable always wins in the tropics.
5- Hats are essential. I took two on this trip, both a stylish fedora for touring, and a big floppy black hat for sun protection at the pool.  
6- Hit your local drug store for travel sizes of mini lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, facial cloths and mini antacids to combat any over indulgences of the food and drink variety. Band aids, aspirin, insect repellent (or use essential oils here) and neosporin gel for cuts or scrapes are on my travel kit list. Suncreen is a must!

Pretty travel cases are essentials for me. These are some of my favorites from my 
Stylemindchic Boutique Travel Collection 

Most of us are hooked in to technology these days.
I remember wondering why I would ever want a phone with a camera included.
Now I don't know how I would manage without my iPhone and I rarely use it for phone calls. 

I do plan to unplug for most of our vacation but I will:

*Download some good reads onto the iPad and kindle. What are you reading this summer?
                                                                  Any suggestions?
*Make space on the iPhone for more tropical photos and get our playlists ready for vacation  mode music. I use spotify or pandora when I'm home, but wifi can be tricky on vacation, so we will download some tunes. 

*House sitter
*Mail pickup

Most certainly, don't forget the shades!!

I always enjoy joining Jill  and Adrienne on the 'How I Wore My:...'  series.
The theme this month is how I wore my 'sunglasses'.

I couldn't help but be a little cheeky and send this photo.
After all, it's summer and we are having a heatwave in California. 

I'm wearing my Kenneth Cole Reactions with 
Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in 'Paradis' (and nothing else;).
Thanks for hosting Jill and Adrienne!

For more on our previous trip:
My Getaway Guide to Los Cabos here.
Chasing George Clooney in Cabo here.

Here's to summer, vacations and making all the puzzle pieces fit!


Curated Collections at my Stylemindchic Boutique!
Introducing the Lizou Collection France-gorgeous wrap braclets!
I'll definitely be taking a few of these along.


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