Last June, I got to squeeze in a 4-day vacation to Dumaguete, Apo Island and Siquijor. It's one of the best and most memorable trips of my life (so far). And I think one of my most fashionable as well. But we'll get to that...
What are your top considerations when packing for a vacation trip?
These are mine:
a) Appropriate for the weather of the location
I go to beaches most of the time, so I have a couple of sheer tops and light dresses. For cold weather, I have my go-to jacket and sweater.
b) Appropriate for the planned (and possible unplanned) activities
Swimming? Spelunking? Zipline and bungee? Some activities you can't do with fashionista clothes.
c) Flexibility and mix-and-match potential
It's a 2-in-1 if you have clothes that are very flexible and easy to mix and match. You get to pack only a few items while having a range of styles for your #OOTD.
d) Light and easy to pack
If you're going to an island via ferry or trekking up a hill in the mountain provinces, you definitely need to keep your baggage light. Resist the urge to be too photoshoot-ready or you'll suffer.
e) And of course, fashionable
The backdrop is perfect. You have the glow of a relaxed urbanite. The photographer is a pro. But your outfit is a bit lousy.
Before packing, I write down the vacation schedule and itinerary. For each type of clothing, I count how many I should bring for each day. I make a separate list for these: t-shirts, shorts, dresses, underwear, swimwear, sleepwear, travel wear. Once I have the list, I go to my closet and pick out which ones I bring for each category. Then I imagine mix-and-match styles to eliminate some items. After the first elimination, I pack. And if the clothes don't fit, I get another bag. I'm kidding.
Being fashionable on a vacation is not a priority for everyone. It is for me -- but I'm also very thrifty. So instead of shopping fashion trends and seasonal fads, I buy pieces that never go out of style. You'll see the same pieces in my past outfit posts over the past years -- swimwear included!
Here are some of my pictures from the Dumaguete-Apo Island-Siquijor trip, with style and packing tips in the captions.
|White tank tucked in classic denim jeans is a combination that is sexy and timeless|
I'm wearing reversible jeggings here -- very good investment! Just don't overuse!
|Siquijor has a mystical reputation. I thought a white off-shoulder eyelet dress suited the place ala diwata.|
If you find the right dress, you'll always bring it to all your travels.
See my first favorite dress for summer travels here.
|I just wrapped a colorful sarong as a skirt and the white dress is transformed as a flouncy top.|
When going to the beach, always bring a hat for sun protection. Buy a classic-looking one in a neutral color
and you never have to buy one again.
|You can never go wrong with pastel colors. Sheer tops are great for trips to a beach because|
you just need to switch from shorts to pants and you're ready to travel from shore to city.
|Are you an accessories girl? I have a fixed set of bohemian and native-inspired accessories|
and I bring them all to my trips. Cold or hot, they are stylish.
|To end, here's a picture of me and my boyfriend swimming with sea turtles at Apo Island.|
A boyfriend is an optional accessory. ;)
Nautical Swimwear/Anawangin Cove 2012
Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud 2012
An Ode to Summer: Caramoan 2013
Incidentally, one of my fave bloggers also posted about how to pack for a trip:
Lessons in Packing Light