Looking to make a quick getaway this weekend, or in the near future? Wondering what you should take? Here are 5 easy tips to help make the most of your trip, and to show you how to pack light.

1. Only take what is needed!!! Newsflash- you don’t need twenty pairs of shoes, ten pairs of jeans and five shirts for three days!! Think about what you have planned, and pack accordingly for the scheduled activities… plus one spare outfit. I can’t tell you how many times in the past I OVERpacked, only wearing 1/3 of what was actually in my suitcase. If you’re so over all the extra baggage like me, then you will really appreciate this list.

2. Once you begin the grueling task of selecting a “small” amount of items, I highly recommend you consider what I call “color match packing.” I choose a base color, and work my outfits around it. For example, if black is the theme, then my two pair of shoes (yes ladies…2) will be black, with one being possibly silver;one dressy, like heels, and the other some form of comfy flats. Side note, if I plan on some type of rough and rugged off terrain type of activity, then I may opt for black sneakers, accompanied by a pair of in-between shoes that can be dressed up or down. It’s also important to note, that I ALWAYS keep a pair of flip flops in each suitcase. *They do not count as one of the two pair, so you shoe fanatics can get excited. I consider flip flops to be the surprise addition, especially during warmer seasons, because they can double as comfy indoor, and outdoor attire.

  • My pants and shirts will include a variation of greys, white, and of course a splash of color.
  • I include a larger satchel or tote, and a small wristlet that can be dressed up or down.

3. Always pack for the predicted, and unpredicted forecast. If it’s last minute, of course you will have a better idea about the weather, but if you’re planning 5 days out, things can certainly change. Again, keep in mind what activities you have planned. If you will be participating in a charity golf event, then a poncho or hat may be in order, if your weather app calls for rain…and even if not! Weather can be quite fickle from the time we book, until the time of the actual trip. I always keep a small compact umbrella in my suitcase for those emergency, tropical storms that pop up. If you’ll be visiting a climate like the west coast of the US for example, then a light jacket for the cooler evenings is a good idea year round.

4. If it’s a last minute trip and you’re on a budget, try to stay at a suite for the weekend, so you can take some of your favorite snacks. Most of them have refrigerators and/ or microwaves, so you can purchase non-perishables once you reach your destination (i.e. almond milk or other, juice, etc.) Whether traveling by plane or car, you can slide some healthy non perishables inside your suitcase for tow; i.e a small box of cereal, trail mix, fruit etc. Remember less clothes, makes room for more items.

5. Since you’ll be hauling less outfits, you’ll also have space for swim wear and inflatables, tennis and or golf gear, and hiking equipment. The goal is to enjoy yourself. That’s why it’s called a “getaway!!” Don’t get bogged down with carting a million pounds of clothing when your goal is to get out, explore the land, and have some fun.

I hope these quick tips help take a load off!Remember less is more, so get out and have a ball~

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