Packing it in: The Dresses
We are going to Thailand early next week. My husband and I are both very excited, as we were there last year and absolutely fell in love with it. But do not despair...I have been scheduling posts ahead of time, preparing for my absence, so it will be business as usual here on the blog. Plus dispatches from abroad, WiFi permitting.
Since I was at home today, I thought I would throw a few things for the trip in a pile, in preparation for when the suitcases come out. Hubby and I are last-minute packers. I am a great believer in this philosophy, especially for a warm-climate trip. When you pack far in advance, you run the risk of throwing something else in the suitcase every time you walk past it. Or taking something out, thinking you will edit your travel wardrobe, and not putting something else back in, intentionally or not. You also run the risk of being that girl on the plane who has to ask someone to help her lift her carry-on into the overhead (which flight attendants these days will generally refuse to do) because it is so crammed full of stuff. I do admit to making lists on occasion prior to a trip if I'm feeling super-organized, but generally for what is essentially a beach vacation, I am of the philosophy that as long as you have your passport, ticket, and a functioning bank or credit card, anything you leave behind can be replaced, but chances are, you probably won't miss it all that much anyway.
So today, I decided to focus on dresses. One-piece tee and shirtdresses are the workhorses of my warm weather vacation wardrobe. They are easy to wear, look nice, and can be dressed up or down with something as simple as a white shirt over the top of a different shoe choice. Here is what has gone into gone into the mix so far.
That's eight looks that I just packed in under ten minutes! If you look closely, you'll see that I have on the same flat, neutral sandals with a lot of these looks. For me, that is the key to an underweight beach vacation suitcase. There is simply no need to bring a million pairs of shoes. Pick something that goes with everything and is comfortable, and one pair that is dressier, just in case. You'll be in flip-flops and a bathing suit most of the time anyway.
What about you guys? Are you an over-packer or a minimalist?