End of Summer Holiday packing

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I am desperately hanging on to every last second of Summer.  It’s not over yet!  I haven’t even unpacked from being away last weekend, and I’m getting ready to pack up again for another weekend away.  This time Maddie will be joining us as we head over to Victoria to celebrate my Dad’s 60th Birthday.  This has been a very hectic week, so I’m looking forward to a bit of time away, where I can unplug a bit, or at the very least ignore my dirty house.

I’ve streamlined my weekender bag to have just a few faves I can live in for a few days.  Since I pack a lot usually for Maddie, I try to keep my bag compact.  A little grey dress is an awesome piece to wear for shopping, a dinner out, or even just kicking around the house.  Just pack a few different accessory stories to mix it up.  A pair of denim shorts and some breezy tops are another go to.  A hat is a must for days out exploring or cocktails on the patio. (These are usually backyard patio cocktails when we’re with Maddie.)  I was so completely satisfied last weekend when I realized I wore everything I brought except my bathing suit.  Not too bad!

So soak up the Summer and pack light.  Here’s to another fabulous weekend away!

Well the time has come.  The sunless tanner has been applied, the mani/pedi has been done, and I’ve lost almost 10 pounds since I’ve started my New Year New Me challenge.  That’s right, I’m going on vaycay!

Tomorrow my fella and I will be heading to the tropical destination of Maui.  In the almost two years we’ve been together, this will be our first real vacation.  Sure we’ve had weekends away and short trips here and there, but not like this.  So of course with all this excitement and anticipation has come wardrobe planning.

Now, wardrobe planning I love…but packing, not so much.  I don’t like to have to pick closet favorites and limit my choices while I’m away.  How am I supposed to know now what I’m going to feel like wearing on Saturday?  It’s too much pressure to get it right!  So to avoid packing everything in my Summer wardrobe, I plan.

Round one, I went through and selected the things I love and wear the most in the Summer.  I tried to keep a balance of dresses, tops, skirts, tanks, etc.

Round two, I edited down my choices.  Since we’re only there for 5 full days with a travel day added on either end, I doubt I need 8 dresses to wear for dinner options.  Trying things on helps me edit it down too.   I’ve now narrowed it down and my bags are packed with: 3 dresses, 1 pair white jeans (new AG’s…love!),  2 pairs of shorts (1 cotton, 1 denim), 6 tank tops, 2 skirts, 2 blouses, 2 cardis, 1 pair wedges, 2 sandals, 1 pair of flip flops, 2 bathing suits, 1 cover up, 2 purses, and a hat.  Phew…I think that should do it.

Prairie Girl Travel Tips:

- Wear ballet flats with little sockets.  This way your shoes are easy to take off, but you won’t be left in bare feet in the yucky airport. (This happened to me at LAX…ewww.)

- Use ziplock bags and small makeup bags to compartmentalize your carry on.  This will help quicken the security process.   I break my goodies into electronics, meds, make-up & toiletries, jewelry, and then I always throw in a clean pair of undies and a fresh top just in case my bags don’t arrive right away.

- Comfy doesn’t have to be sloppy.  Layer in light clothing and always pack a pashmina to wrap up in to stay warm and cozy on the plane.

I will be back with new articles and tales from the tropics when I get back from my holiday.  Happy Travels.

Aloha!

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