(Closed) Anyone else suck at packing for trips?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1890 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Lots of bikinis, cover-ups, shorts/skirts, tank tops, lounge pants/shorts, sun dresses and a couple more “cocktail”/resort dresses, wedges, sneakers, and flip flops…Definitely make sure everything is comfortable and lightweight. 

Also, when I went on my honeymoon (to an all-inclusive resort) I didn’t bring sneakers or workout clothes.  After a few days of lying around eating and drinking, I was so desperate to burn a few calories that I worked out with a string bikini, PJ shorts, a beater, and flip flops, and it was good to work out but definitely was wishing I had some gear!  So if you ever even consider working out at home, you might want to bring a sports bra, socks, and sneakers on your trip in case all those comfy clothes start getting tight 😉

Post # 4
46372 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used to do what I call “What if?” packing. I always took too many clothes and shoes. What if we go here? What if we do this? etc etc etc.

Now I have learned that when you are on vacation you will likely never see these people again. You will likely never even see the same people twice while you are on your vacation. So who cares if you wear the same thing twice.

Pick a neutral that you look good in- black, white, navy, khaki, grey etc.

I dont usually take white because it shows spots and soil too easliy.<br /><br />Take things that can do double duty- a pareo can be a skirt, a bathing suit cover up, a wrap in the evening, a shawl to warm your shoulders on the plane.<br /><br />A one piece bathing suit can also be a top with your skirt or capris.<br /><br />A convertible dress can be worn many ways.<br /><br />A lightweight button up shirt with roll up sleeves that can be buttoned up when its hot, worn down when it`s cooler , worn as a jacket and worn as a bathing suit coverup.

Ditto a long skirt  with an elasticized waist vs a dress- you can wear the skirt with your bathing suit, various tops as a maxi skirt, or hike it up over your bust and wear as a sundress.

Take flat sandals that can act as slippers and beach and pool shoes.

Flip flops have their purpose but they cant be worn for a dressier evening.Take a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a pair of dressier sandals- thats it for shoes.


Post # 5
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I always bring a casual black dress that can be dressed up or down depending on what comes up during the vacation and a pair of black peep toes heels. I also never vist a sunny location without my hat, plus it looks awesome and covers up bad pool/beach hair.

I used to pack like the typical tourist but after many European vacations where I stuck out like a sore thumb I threw “light packing” to the wind and now opt to look fashionable regardless of the destination.


Post # 6
27 posts

i’ve taken to bringing my most compact clothing on trips – ie leggings, camisoles, cotton/stretchy dress that can roll into a small ball and will not wrinkle or not look ugly when wrinkly. 

always remember to bring extra (more than you need) underwear, deodorant, dental floss, tylenol/ibuprofen/allergy meds/eye drops and a razor! 

my downfall has always been to bring too many shoes. that is a hard one! 

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