Summer is made for vacation. But apparently today’s air travel is not. And that’s sparked the trend for packing carry-on luggage only. I am an inveterate over-packer, but with the right game plan in terms of versatile pieces, even I can travel lighter, smarter, chicer. Or at least I’m determined to try!
So what will I pack?
The polo shirt trend is still going strong in 2023. And this ever-popular preppy staple has gotten a major style upgrade in recent years. Now offered in countless fits, fabrics and colors (as seen in black in this post), finding a fashionable option that’s right for you is easier, and more affordable, than ever. This is a great top to wear in-flight for a polished but comfy look, washable/dryable anywhere, and ready to be dressed up or down.
Love this “liquid silk” maxi skirt. It’s literally called the “Dreamer,” and I can attest that it looks and feels like a dream. Believe it or not, I tried pulling it up into a strapless dress silhouette, and it worked! Cinch it with a belt, add a lightweight wrap or jacket and I’d be ready for even a fancy dinner out.
I kept my accessories simple and versatile, too. This little clutch is a Target steal and comes with a crossbody strap as well. When packing, I’d fill it with jewelry and even a couple of thongs. And these sporty sandals offer both a touch of chic and hours of walkable comfort. They’re so lightweight and flexible, I could fit them into even the tightest spot. They’d also be great to wear through security and on to the plane, simply adding a pair of socks to stay warm during the flight.
When it comes to packing, I’m a firm believer in the space-saving power of rolling your clothes. Knit tops are a no-brainer, and for something more delicate like this skirt, I’d roll it up in a dry cleaning bag for a wrinkle-free arrival. I promise it works! And let’s face it, most hotel rooms and Airbnbs come equipped with an iron.
We have two weeks booked at the beach in August, and I won’t be flying there. But I will be bringing these summer vacation must-haves with me. Happy travels wherever you’re headed in the weeks ahead!
Skirt: (Banana Republic)
Bag: (A New Day x Target, just $25 but looks a lot more expensive)
Sandals: (Arizona Love, very limited sizes in this style but similar here, both on major sale) And, Teva’s Original Universal that started it all — love this neutral combo, just $55, and you’ve got 24 other colorways to choose from!