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For many of us fashion girls, packing light is definitely not easy. It’s tough to predict what exact pieces you’ll be wearing throughout your trip and taking into the account the unpredictable weather and impromptu activities, you’ll never truly know what else you’ll need. But when it’s a short weekend trip, an edit of all the clothes you want to wear is the most practical thing to do. After all, you don’t want to weigh yourself down with so much stuff for a 2-day stay.
The trick to packing light is packing smartly: choose pieces that you’ll definitely wear and will function—and look fashionable at the same time in a variety of circumstances. Once you’ve decided on a bag you’re bringing, it’s time to decide and pack the essentials. But what exactly are they? We give you a rundown on the necessities you need for your next weekend travel trip.
BUTTON DOWN SHIRT
An easy, breathable button down is the perfect daytime look. Other than it being comfortable, it can be styled in so many ways, you don’t need to worry about it not going well with your other packed pieces. Pair it with light washed high-waisted jeans for a laidback chic look.
This is practically a no-brainer. If there’s one fun accessory that’s an absolute necessity on vacations, it’s a pair of sunglasses. Ditch your usual wayfarers and try a quirky pair but also make sure it has the right UV protection that you need to keep your eyes shielded from the sun.
A DAY TO NIGHT DRESS
Never forget a versatile dress that can take you from daytime and become an equally evening-appropriate party outfit at the same time. Take a page from Alexa Chung with this pretty polka dot mini dress that’s perfect for the beach and a romantic dinner.
Weekend trips usually involve a lot of exploring and of course, you don’t want your feet to hurt and halt your vacation activities. Pack your best pair of sneakers that you know will go with all of your packed looks (hint: white is your best bet).
If you must bring a pair of heels, opt for a low block heel that’s going to be comfortable. And if you’re sure to be partying it up by night time, opt for something a little more extra such as a strappy caged heel to match your subtle day to night dresses.
A bodysuit is probably the most versatile innerwear piece you could have in your luggage. For hot days, you can wear it on its own with boyfriend jeans or layer it up with a light bomber for days when the weather is in the middle. For tropical getaways, it’s an instant swimsuit!
A CROSSBODY THAT DOUBLES AS A CLUTCH
Instead of taking a ton of handbags with you, choose a one with a detachable strap in a neutral hue so you can match it up with anything and act as an evening bag come sundown for formal settings.
You can never go wrong with the perfect pair of jeans. Opt for an ankle length high-rise silhouette to go with the basics and keep things comfortable with a loose fit.