Hey y’all! I’m not sure if you’ve been following on Instagram, but I was in Puerto Vallarta last week! It was a very long overdue trip after a crazy start to summer and I had a great time. After making the mistake of putting way too many things in my suitcase on my past couple of trips, I was determined to not overpack for PVR, even though I was going to be there for several days. By doing this, I was able to take a carry on luggage and not have to deal with any of the hassles of having to re-check my bag once I went through customs (ain’t nobody got time for that). Since I did this successfully, I wanted to share a few tips to help you on your next getaway!
When it comes to clothing, select your favorite neutral items.
There is so much flexibility with neutral colors. Honestly, you could wear the same dress every day so long as you had new accessories and layers to make it fresh. Because I was traveling to a warm climate, I chose lighter colored ones, and even when I chose items with patterns, they weren’t as “busy.”
Once you’ve picked them out, lay them all out to see how they play together.
I’m a person that has to make a list versus having it all in my head. Same goes for my clothes. Laying all of your items out will let you know exactly what you’re putting in your suitcase, and clearly identify if you are missing anything. Even layout your accessories, and your toiletries too, so you know what you’ve got. The extra five minutes doing so is worth so much in the long run. As you’re doing this, be sure to check expiration dates and if you haven’t worn something in a couple of months, I also advise that you try it on just to make sure it fits the same way you remember. There is nothing more disappointing than getting to your destination and having hurt feelings about your favorite top.
Don’t go crazy on the shoes – and wear one pair during your travels.
I know it can be tempting ladies, but you really don’t need different shoes for every day. Depending on the weather and the time of year, you need a casual shoe or two (flat, sandal), a heel (ok, maybe two depending on where you’re going), and a sneaker. For my week in Puerto, I chose two sandals, a neutral pewter and dressy black, a white pump and a pair of sneakers that came in handy when I had to run from terminal to terminal to catch my connecting flight! When you pack your shoes, put them in the bottom of your suitcase. Don’t be afraid to stuff them with things, too, like your accessories in your roller bag. It saves room.
Maximize your personal item.
When you fly, you’re allowed a carry on luggage and a personal item. Often times, my personal item is my purse, but when I’m traveling for an extended period of time, I always carry a tote bag or backpack in case I need some extra space on either leg of travel. If you plan to shop when you’re away, you’re gonna need it!
Bon Voyage! Share your packing tips in the comments below!