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Going away on vacation is easily one of the greatest experiences to be had. Seeing beautiful new places, meeting interesting new people, trying delicious new food, getting away from work, and of course, trying on cute new outfits.
What could be better!
The only issue is… how do you decide which clothes to take with you on the trip?
Here are a few simple questions to help you decide.
What’s your “style template” for the trip?
Do you have a “style” you’d like to embody on your trip? Elegant city explorer and socialite? Wilderness adventurer and lady-Indiana-Jones? If you don’t, you probably should!
One of the easiest and most fun ways of deciding what to pack for a trip is imagining yourself as a character in a movie or book, and coordinating all your outfits accordingly. This can also a be a great excuse for some last-minute shopping, whether it be a pair of new hiking boots from ShoeFinale, or an elegant new dress from Simply Dresses. It’s all about feeling good on your trip.
Take some time to think of who you’d like to be for your vacation and brainstorm how that person would dress. This is also a great way of removing yourself from the normal stresses and preoccupations of day-to-day life.
Do you want to stand out or blend in?
The next question to ask yourself is simply, “do you want to blend in or stand out?” There’s an interesting dimension to this question, because one of the ways to work out your style template for the trip is to investigate the style and fashion of the area you’ll be visiting, and to pay homage to that with your own outfit.
This, of course, is also a great excuse to visit the local shops and markets and get yourself some authentic and exotic new accessories.
On the flipside, you could dress yourself up specifically to stand out.
Like being the center of attention? Then wearing that bold dress you’ve been keeping in your wardrobe all year might be just what the doctor ordered.
What’s the weather going to be like?
Here’s an obvious point; you’ll want to pack clothes which are appropriate for the climate of the place you’ll be visiting. It wouldn’t be a great idea to go on a seaside visit to the south of France in mid-summer, with a suitcase full of heavy sweaters, thick jackets, and jeans.
Likewise, you wouldn’t want to visit Alaska in the winter and have nothing but crop tops and shorts in your luggage.
Those are some pretty over-the-top examples, but it really does pay to spend a while Googling what the weather’s likely to be like at your target destination, during your visit. You might be surprised to learn that Sweden can be pretty cold in summer, or that snow seldom ever falls during an English winter.
What kind of activities will you get up to?
Following on the theme of practicality, there’s just no way to get around the fact that you need to take appropriate clothes for the kinds of activities you’ll be getting up to. This means that you’ll have to spend some time thinking about just what kind of activities you’re likely to get up to in the first place.
Will you spend all your time enjoying espressos and art galleries in Florence? Or are you more likely to disappear into the mountains on long hikes every day?
Of course, there’s no reason you can’t do both – and it’s probably good to pack at least one “active” and one “formal” outfit anyway, just in case.
But it sure helps to know whether to bring seven evening gowns with or not.