After traveling Europe out of just a small backpack, I hate to overpack for smaller domestic trips. I stick to bringing a carry on wherever I go, which often means strategizing and planning my outfits ahead of time. I have a few go-to’s that always get packed (like my trusty black maxi dress) but I like to make sure I can put together a cohesive wardrobe with limited space. I’m heading to Key West this weekend and have yet to pack, but I’m sticking to an outfit plan along these lines…
- As always, I’ll pack a trusty black maxi dress to toss on for dinner, and another casual maxi dress. They have a way of going from beach cover-up to dinner attire so easily. I have one that has bra cup padding already sewn in, which will be nice when I’m sunburnt and don’t want to deal with a real bra.
- I’m never one to shy away from re-wearing clothes a second time on a vacation, but saltwater and sand can make me retire a shirt for the rest of the trip. I’m making sure to pack a few lightweight, tissue-type white and grey tanks and tees to tuck into shorts and to wear around the bungalow we’re renting.
- In Barcelona, I happened to find the most perfect high-waisted denim shorts and they always get packed in my beach trip bags.
- What beach trip is complete without flats and bikinis? I opted for plain flats in brown and black that are nice enough to wear to out to dinner and casual enough for the beach.
- I’ll add in a romper for the day we rent scooters to tour the Keys. It has the cute-factor of a dress, but won’t blow away in the wind.
- My carry-on purse will double as a boat and beach bag (I’ll make sure it’s big enough to fit a towel and cover up in) and I’m going to bring my small leather crossbody for when a tote isn’t necessary.