How to Pack Like a Pro! | Summer Packing Guide

by - May 28, 2018

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With summer now fully upon us we are now faced with a question...how do I pack properly. I know what you're thinking is it really possible to "pack like a pro?" The answer at least, in my opinion, is a resounding yes. Packing is one of the few things where you can have your cake and eat it too. I actually posted a video that directly correlates with this blog post and if you are more of a visual person (like me), you may enjoy watching that before delving into the packing guide.


P R O  T I P S
// Roll your clothing instead of folding them to save space in your suitcase.
// Save money by bringing 2 carry-on bags one that you will stow away in the overhead bin and the other that you will keep beneath your seat. Not only does this save you money it takes out the possibility of losing your items
// Bring ziploc bags to carry back home any interesting food or souvenirs that you may find.
// Also always bring an extra bag for dirty clothes, or just use the dirty clothes bag in the hotel that you stay in so that your dirty clothes are separated from the clean ones. 

T H E  L I S T
First things first you have to start off with a list. I don't think I have to say that a list helps keep you from forgetting important things. I actually created a freebie for those of you who would like to print out my own personal list that is available to download right H E R E. Since I already made a copy of my own list both here and in my video I'll refrain from repeating it again in this post, but I will go ahead and tell you how to customize my list to your own needs. Since everyone's trip spans different amounts of time how can you know how much of each item to pack? In my opinion, a general rule of thumb is to take the number of days you will actually spend there and then factor in the activities you will probably do.

For instance, last year I traveled to Mexico for 8 days and 7 nights. Since I knew I wanted to hit the beach I brought 3 bathing suits that could be mix-matched to allow me to enjoy a solid 6 days on the beach. I also knew that I would probably go to the gym every day, so I brought 4 pairs of shorts, 7 t-shirts, and about 3 sports bras that I could use throughout my stay. I'd also suggest that you bring at least 3 dressier tops (or dresses) since most resorts require patrons to look nicer for certain restaurants onsite. I brought one additional top since I knew that I tended to be a klutz and spill things on myself.

The key takeaways here are:

+ Make sure that the number of essentials you have packed matches the number of nights that you will be on vacation.
+ If you are staying at an all-inclusive, do not bring towels, these will be provided.
+ Rinse out (or wash) clothing items you plan to re-wear (i.e swimsuits, sports bras)

All and all there isn't one fail-safe way to ensure that you won't overpack which is why I would love to hear your tips. Be sure to comment a tip that has helped you pack for summer vacation. We would love to hear it!




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21 comments

  1. I'm terrible at packing so this is perfect for me, thanks for sharing!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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    1. I'm so happy my post was able to help!
      - Avalon from simplyavalon.blogspot.com

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  2. These are fabulous tips, Avalon!! I think packing is one of the hardest things, because you just don't know the weather and such!! But I love the idea of this list---thanks so much!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. That's so very true! Happy you still enjoyed.
      - Avalon from simplyavalon.blogspot.com

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  3. What a good guide! I always tend to over pack ;)

    xoxo,
    Meredith
    NO BASIS IN REALITY | LATEST POST | INSTAGRAM

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    1. Thank you so much Meredith! I feel like many of us do. XD

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  4. Amazing! Thanks for sharing

    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CASUAL CHIC X SPRING

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  5. Now this is a great post and very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

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  6. Great video and tips, packing is so exciting!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  7. really cool video!!!

    http://www.itzytrendy.com/2018/05/spring-total-black-look.html

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  8. Oh thanks for the tip! This will totally come in handy since I suck at packing things for holiday lol.

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  9. I really needed these tips...
    Thanks for sharing.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  10. I the worst when it comes backing! Most times I forget everything, so thank you for all the tips x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.com/

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  11. It's always so useful to have a bag for the dirty clothes !
    Such nice tips, I'm currently packing so this will be useful.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  12. Oooh great blog topic! I've been doing quite a bit of travelling lately and it's always so hard figuring out what to pack and what not to!

    -Didier
    www.didieryhc.com

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  13. Great tips! I'm a carry-on type of gal too!
    María Eugenia | www.thegirlonanisland.com
    https://www.thegirlonanisland.com/2018/06/the-5-things-i-learned-in-medical-school.html

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  14. Personally, I'm the worst when it comes to packing. I swear I pack the most random things in and say "in case I need it" (I never need it) - Amazing tips, thanks for sharing! <3
    https://octoberslallu.blogspot.com/

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    1. I 100% understand! so happy this could help out!

      - Avalon from simplyavalon.blogspot.com

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  15. I'm a horrible packer. I just overdo it all the time so these are such fabulous tips. x

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com/

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