Packing “Lightly”

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I decided to switch it up for a change. I always see all of these cute “How to” and Inspiration posts so I decided to try one out for myself. I am leaving for West Palm Beach today and I’m so excited to spend a week at the beach, with a pina colada in my hand and getting a tan in the sand.

Packing is always my biggest problem. I end up packing too much, or not enough, but never the right amount. This time I think I mastered it so I decided to share some of my tips & tricks.

Jewelry

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 Purple necklace//Rocksbox c/0 (Use code “poshprimeblogxoxo” for first month free); Choker//Pitaya; Bracelets//Tiffany & Co; Tassel Necklace//Boutique

I like to lay out a couple pieces first and see what I think I want to bring. In the past I end up taking around 5 statement necklaces and a bunch of random bracelets. NO! I like to see what I have and pick my favorite and most versatile pieces. I decided on a couple of statement necklaces, my choker, two simple Tiffany bracelets, and a couple rings. These pieces worked well with all of my outfits. The tip is to start with a lot and narrow it down to a few. Keep narrowing down until you have the bare minimum. Trust me, you don’t need 5 statement necklaces.

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 After I narrow it down, I decide how I want to carry my jewelry. I usually find a cute wristlet that can be used later on in the trip and pack my items in there. I put the statement necklaces and rings in the wristlet and then my bracelets in their pouch. All fit nicely in their place and it saves a lot of space.

Clothing (dun, dun, dun)

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 Nordstrom; H&M; Boutique(similar); H&M (similar); Lilly Pulitzer (similar)

When you go to Florida, the majority of your outfits are swimsuits. I have way too many swimsuits so I had to narrow it down. I will be there for 5 whole days so that means 5 swimsuits. If you are a normal person, you only need 3-4. I am not normal and like to mix it up everyday. You never know, I could meet my future husband and God forbid someone notice I wear the same suit two days in a row.

Anyways, I like to lay out my tops and bottoms and see if they are cohesive. 90% of my tops don’t have a bottom to match so I end up bringing a couple bottoms that can be paired with a few different tops.

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Now the hardest part…actual clothing. I always end up with 12 outfits for 6 days and have to sadly say goodbye to some pieces. This is the final outfit count. I like to hang up each full outfit on a garment rack so I  can see what pieces can go together and have the entire look on one hanger. For example, that denim jacket can be worn over most of the dresses. The blazer can be worn over a different outfit as well. Hanging up your outfits before packing them is a great way to see if you have variety, but pieces that are versatile as well.

Shoes

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For the more fragile shoes, I like to wrap them in a scarf I am packing. It keeps them safe and also saves space as well. You can also use purse bags to store shoes too.

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 Topshop//Sam Edelman//BCBGeneration//Steve Madden//Gap//Adidas

Once again, I usually overpack. Maybe you think 6 pairs of shoes is insane. It may be for someone who isn’t a fashion addict. Am I right?! Anyways, I like to lay my shoes out on one surface to see what I have. I like to have a variety, and make sure that these pairs can go with most of my outfits. It is also easy to eliminate some after seeing them altogether as well.

Beauty Products (aka my bathroom counter in one bag)

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When I go on vacation, I tend to bring my entire makeup bag. Again, this isn’t practical since I don’t end up wearing half of it. I break it down to the bare minimum, and the things I wear everyday. You are beautiful the way you are, makeup is not needed!

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 Pink//Red

Lipstick is another story. I have many tubes of my MAC favorites but for vacation I have to narrow it down as well. However, since lipstick is small, I can get away with shoving more in my bag. Not pictured are a couple pairs I am going to sneak in my makeup bag 🙂

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My beach bag is usually a mess. I swore last time to bring less so that is what I intend on doing. I decided to bring one magazine for the plane in hopes of buying more at the hotel. I also tend to bring at least one hardcover book, and read the rest on my Kindle. A Kindle is a great space saver, and super practical for a heavy reader like me.

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 These are some of my favorite products that I wanted to share with you.

1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray– This is perfect for any day, but especially one spent at the pool and beach. You spray it on your face and hair for a light refresher and it smells like roses. You want to smell good when you are all hot and sweaty.

2. Living Proof Humidity Shield– If you are a normal human being, your hair gets frizzy. This stuff zaps the frizz and also provides some volume as well.

3. Coola Sunscreen Spray– I hate to admit it but I very rarely wear sunscreen. Recently, I decided to start taking care of my skin and bought this sunscreen that is for your face only. I started wearing this to protect my skin from wrinkles in 10 years. I still use tanning lotion on my skin though…whoops!

4. Living Proof Instant Texture Mist– I spray this on my hair when it is wet and it dries with a natural wave. If my hair is dry, I spray it and it adds a nice texture to keep the waves at attention. It smells great too!

5. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub– When laying in the sun, you think the least about caring for your lips. I forget to put SPF lip balm on them and they end up getting burnt. This lip scrub is great at the end of the day to help moisturize and keep them nice and juicy 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have any ideas for future posts, let me know! You can follow my trip through Instagram (@poshprime), Twitter (@poshprime) and Snapchat (megancrean).

xo,

Megan

Comments

  1. Have a great vacation! I’m just a bit jealous of you. You have some good tips in there, like packing your jewelry in a wristlet and shoes in a scarf. I’ll keep those in mind the next time I pack. Love that rosewater spray and the Living Proof texture mist too. And yes, five statement necklaces for a beach vacation is probably too much. 🙂 Have a good time.

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      I’m glad you found some great tips! The rose spray is too great! I only packed 2 necklaces 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your packing tips! Enjoy your trip! I love those Sam Edelman sandals. Do you like the Living Proof Humidity Shield? Haven’t tried that yet and would love to control frizz during the summer. Take Care! 🙂

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      I really like the spray. It is a tad sticky but seems to lessen the frizz as best it can 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the tips, I love your shoes and make up collection there.
    Rachel xo

    Garay Treasures

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      Thank you Rachel I’m glad you liked the post. I try to collect as many shoes and makeup products as possible 🙂

  4. Have fun on your trip!! I am seriously obsessed with that rose water spray! One of my favorites this summer.
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  5. Such cute bikinis. This girl here REALLY needs a vacation. Live it up for me sweet girl; that means extra time in the sun AND extra cocktails, ok?!

    K.xo
    http://www.rarelytakenseriously.com

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      Most of them were so inexpensive too! I’m only 20 so I will have some virgin cocktails 🙂

  6. Hi sweetie
    this selection is amazing
    kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary – Fashion blog

  7. SUch great tips. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a fun trip!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  8. Great post, hun! Have a lovely vacation!!!!
    Sending you much love & I hope your Monday is as marvelous like you!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.net

  9. Great selection! I always grab a bunch of stuff and then narrow it down but I always take way more than I need! I personally dont think you can have too many bikinis, yours look fab x
    http://sweatshirtsanddresses.com/

  10. You’re a great packer girl!! I’m the worst when it comes to clothes – I always over pack! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  11. I am SO bad at packing – I always over pack and end up with a ton of stuff I never wear. These are some great tips!
    xoxo Danielle
    For the Love of Leopard

  12. love the tips and love everything you packed! 🙂

    http://jeansandroses.blogspot.com

  13. Amy Ann says:

    Looks like you packed well to me! I am always bad at that…

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  14. Have a great vacation, Megan! I am sure it will be a fun time! Loving all these tips! I really wished I planned ahead but I kind of jus throw things in my suitcase and then keep adding as I go. Also, I am not sure I will be going to that conference in Chicago, as I am pretty sure I am working. But if you are in town for more than the day, we should grab a coffee or dinner!!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      Aw I hope you can end up going somehow. I will be there the 16th-19th so I will email you closer to the date!

  15. Have the best time!! So jealous 🙂

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  16. This is such a great packing guide! I always overpack! Love that cute makeup bag and the monogram hat! Have a great trip!

    xo, Rachel
    http://www.ablondesmoment.com

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      I still end up overpacking no matter how much I pack..oh well! Thank you, it is the perfect little size!

  17. Great tips, thx for sharing. Have a great time and enjoy your stay. Safe journey, girl.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

  18. This is such a great post I love your packing tips and seeing how your process works! Great post and cute pictures!

    http://www.tailoredandtrue.com

  19. Packing lightly – well done!! I need to take a leaf or two out of your book 😉 Thanks for a great post xX

    http://www.clutchandcarryon.com

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      It is so hard to pack lightly. I just got to my hotel and realized I packed way too much!

  20. Gosh I’m an awful packer. Can’t wait to see your vacay pics!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

  21. A week at the beach sounds fabulous – enjoy your time in Palm Beach, Megan!!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

  22. I can always use some great packing tips! I am the worst packer! Have a wonderful time!
    Red Reticule

  23. I can always use some great packing tips! I am the worst packer! Have a wonderful time!
    Red Reticule

  24. Packing lightly is OVERRATED! Love your bikini tops + selection of sandals. Rad collection! I’m blogging about similar things check out and let me know what you think: http://www.kellmenow.com

    XO K

  25. I always overpack and could use some tips, great post!

    Style by Avery

  26. such a very informative and helpful post! thank you for sharing these tips 🙂

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer

    giveaway

  27. Great post girl!! I am packing this week too and I am the worst! This definitely helps!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  28. I love packing posts so much! I think you have a lot of variety and interest in these items, which is great!
    Carylee | more pieces of me

  29. I am terrible at packing lightly!! Haha this is a great post!
    -Hannah
    http://www.sweeterthanserenity.com

  30. Lol, our packing style seems pretty similar! I especially liked it when you said to start with a lot and narrow it down. XO
    -Lauren Blair
    http://www.prefertobedemure.com

  31. Look at you- you rocked this!
    I’m a chronic over-packer, man. I always bring 1200 extra things, “just in case.” Ha!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  32. Oh gosh, I don’t think there’s such thing as packing “lightly” with me! Have a great trip!

    C’s Collection
    http://chelseascollection.com

  33. Love all of the things you packed! I’m horrible at packing! Thanks for sharing your tips! Enjoy your trip!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  34. Ugh I am the worst at packing!! My biggest tip (which I never really follow but when I do it works like a charm) is to pack everything up the day before and that way I have a day to remember if I forgot anything, otherwise I get anxiety as I am headed to the airport hahaa. But I think you did fantastic here by paring down the clothing to the necessities that can be mixed and matched and really thinking about what you would be doing and needing the most of aka swimsuits.

    Have a great trip!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      Thank you Mary Katherine! I’m glad you liked it. That’s a great tip too! I usually do that or write down things and check it off because I end up forgetting at least one thing every time!

  35. Have so much fun in WPB, my aunt lives there! I love that area, so pretty. Great packing tips, I always tend to over pack my swimsuits but I can’t help it!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com/

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      It is so pretty, I agree! But what ocean isn’t?! I cut down on a swimsuit and now I’m mad I did…whoops!

  36. I always start big then put things away as I go through it all. I’ve learned to pair down jewelry I bring on trips too! Great tips!

  37. This is such a great feature! I really loved checking what you pack because I am also often pack too much clothes that I don’t have time to wear. You did a very good job this time! I think that it was a smart way to pack. Have a nice time at West Palm Beach! Enjoy the sun!

    http://stylesprinter.com/

    • crean.megan@gmail.com says:

      I always pack too much and then I buy things that I wear instead of what I brought. Thank you Katya!

  38. 6 pairs of shoes?! Nuts. I see why you would have a hard time choosing between them though! They are all AWESOME.

  39. I just stumbled upon your blog – I love the Sam Edelman sandals & monogrammed hat that you packed! The sandals look super comfy even though they’re a wedge. Have tons of fun on your trip! 🙂

    XO Jacqueline
    http://www.prettipleaseblog.com

  40. Hope you will have a great vacation and I always have problem packing too and every time I promise myself for my next trip I will go lighter but it has never happened yet:)
    xo
    Elmira
    Well Put Together

  41. Ahh.How I need a vacation! Love what you packed and you cracked me up about meeting your future hubby and being seen in the same suit!

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  42. I always over pack. I’m also guilty of buying “too” much on vacation and then frantically trying to fit everything into my suitcase(s). Hope you’re enjoying your trip!

    Diane
    http://www.mychaneltaste.com

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