June 30, 2016

What and How to Pack for Vacation

outfit ideas for vacation, summer outfits
1. Lace Tank: H&M // 2. Striped Tee: H&M // 3. Tank: H&M
4. Cami: H&M // 5. Sweater: H&M // 6. Off Shoulder Top: H&M 
7. Romper: H&M ($18) // 8. Straw Hat: H&M ($15) // 9. Black Jeans: H&M ($10)
10. Flip Flops: Tory Burch // 11. Wedge Sandals: Dolce Vita // 12. Dress: H&M ($25)
13. Denim Shorts: H&M // 14. Shorts: H&M
 15. Bikini: Topshop // 16. Small Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // 17. Cover-Up: Topshop (Similar)
18. Earrings: Vanessa Mooney // 19. Shopper Tote: H&M ($18) // 20. Sunglasses: H&M

Today I am guest posting for Carrie over at Curly Crafty Mom, and I am sharing my tips on packing for vacation.  If you are visiting from Curly Crafty Mom - Welcome!

Packing for vacation has always been a bit stressful for me. I struggle figuring out what to pack and how much to pack. I typically spend way too much time packing - and end up bringing far more than I need.  I have found that if I am more strategic upfront in my planning and selecting a color theme - packing is less stressful and done in half the time.

Since I am a neutral person when it comes to clothes, I tend to stick with basic blacks and whites, and then add in a couple of pops of color and/or prints. I find this is an easy way of creating a cohesive packing list - and allowing for the most mixing and matching.

From my packing list above, I have put together 12 different outfits.  Below are six looks - and if you head over to Curly Crafty Mom, you can check out six more outfit ideas.

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  1. This is such a great resource! You put together so many cute looks! I'm pinning!

    Doused In Pink

  2. Great pieces! I also stick with black & white and a few colorful accent pieces for my vacation wardrobe. This year I started planning early, and my "vacation wardrobe" has really become a summer capsule wardrobe of sorts as I'm trying out things.

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  3. These are all great pieces for a vacation & perfect ideas for me as I'll be going away soon! Really love the floral off-shoulder top and the cover-up. Have an amazing 4th of July weekend Lisa!

  4. Such great travel packing ideas! I am a terrible packer...

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. Great packing tips, lady! Sticking to mostly neutrals is a killer idea- you can mix and match so easily then!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. Oh man, I really could have used this a few days ago. I just created looks for our upcoming trip, tomorrow, but I could have just used yours. They are perfect!!!! I love that you had some staples along with trendy pieces. I will be sure to refer to it and pin it! Happy Thursday.

  7. I have the same issue with packing! I love that you have packed more clothing and less shoes - that is where i end up over stuffing and wearing the same pair daily! Cute outfit ideas for a summer vacate!


  8. Love these pieces, I am always an over packer regardless of the length of vacation.

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

  9. Great packing list! I love rompers and swimsuits with high waisted bathing suit bottoms :)

    Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

  10. These are some great travel essentials. I find myself packing nothing but basics and cover ups lately, so this list is perfect for me!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  11. Such a stunning selection. I'm in love with number 5. Black and white is always a winning choice
    You have a interesting blog. Visit mine if you want

  12. Unfortunately I pack almost everything... I' always afraid that I don't have enough to choose from!


    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

  13. Hi Lisa!
    So glad I found your blog through the link up! I love posts like this because I can get in such a rut going to the same outfit combo's. Your post helped me stretch my brain in a new way, I'm already thinking of new combinations with what I have in my closet, win! :)

  14. A lot of great picks especially those sandals!

  15. I love all your packing ideas! I love number 5, that white dress with the tie around the waist looks like the perfect summer dress. And what a fabulous price!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  16. I always pack light when I am traveling with just myself, but now with two kids, I totally over pack everything!! Great tips for guest posting. Thanks for hosting the linkup as always and hope you can pin your looks to my link ups on Wed and Fri! Have a great 4th weekend!

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  17. Wish I would have had this last week when I was packing! I definitely packed similar items though! Great list!

  18. Love that you have everything from a summery dress to denim shorts and a tee.

  19. Right at this moment I'm avoiding packing. It's the worst!

  20. You have the best finds, Lisa! That all white, lightweight dress can come in very handy during vacation.

    Red Reticule

  21. perfect list and great picks!!!! Also, love Carrie :)


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