What to pack for a Summer Vacation (Style Inspiration)

It’s my favorite season of the year! Also known as everyone’s favorite time to travel. So let’s get to it…

How to pack….

In my previous blog post, What to pack for a Spring Vacation, I let you in on my favorite packing tip. Roll your clothes, don’t fold them! Now in my carry on I pack clothes and a few pairs of shoes. I bring a separate tote bag ( a big one. You can also use a back pack) for my toiletries, jewelry, and bulkier shoes. In that tote bag I also carry a book, scarf or jacket for the plane ride, electronics and accessories. By accessories I’m talking about plug adaptors (a must if you travel abroad), chargers, and any go pro accessories.

Let’s move on to what to wear….

And OF COURSE a bit of inspiration to follow!

1) Denim Shorts – Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get into on vacation and denim shorts are classic and versatile. I always bring 1 pair.

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2) Tank Tops and Tee’s – Of course! Easy to throw on, go with everything, and easy to pack. Wear it to the beach, to bed, out on the town, exploring, etc. The more neutral the color the more versatile.

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3) Patterned Shorts – Day or Night. Beach or Club. Patterned shorts are easy to dress up or down and go oh so perfectly with tank and crop tops. Also easy to pack!

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4) Crop Tops – Hello Summer! They go perfectly with those patterned shorts! A lace crop top can go from a bikini cover up to a night-time outfit with a white bra underneath and paired with a maxi skirt.


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5) The Matching Two Piece- wear them together one day then separately the next! Kill two birds with one stone on numbers 3 and 4!

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6) Romper or a Summer Dress –  Summer Essentials. The less complicated they are to put on the better! Try to stear clear of ones that require a special type of bra. If you can wear it braless thats even better but give it a cold air test before you wear it out.


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7) The Long One Piece – For lounging around, shopping, dinner, or walking around town. A maxi or a jumpsuit is always a good choice. Especially if you’re traveling towards the end of summer or if you’re in a destination with high winds.

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8) The Linen Pant or Boyfriend Jeans – The temperature will certainly drop in the evening and you’ll be happy you packed these! This is my go to for airport style beacuse it’s comfotable and not to hot when landing at your sunny destination. I personally prefer a linen pant but boyfriend jeans are perfect as well. Boyfriend Jeans can be tricky to pull off but I find that If you wear them with a long flowing top they look perfect. However, If you have the body of a super model…rock the crop top and god bless you!

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9) The Shirt Dress – The most versatile dress! One of my favorite cover ups at the beach. Throw on cute sandals and its perfect for a day tour. Add cute wedges at night and it’s the perfect outfit for a night on the town. A must buy for your wardrobe if you don’t already own a few! Also works well for the aiport! Just throw some leggings on underneath.

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10) The headband and Sun hat – weather you use a head scarf, a hair chain, a straw hat, or a fedora head accessories are a style must! We can’t all have perfect hair 24/7! I personally prefer scarfs and headbands because they’re easier to pack. However, Wearing your hat on the plane makes it easier to bring and looks stylish too!

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11) Shoes – How to pack them? As I’ve stated in previous blogs, wrapping them in plastic bags is the best way to ensure your clothes stay clean! Now I usually bring three pairs of shoes with me. A sandal with no backing that can be easily slipped on and off, a multi tasking comfortable shoe (casual sneaker, flat, or a canvas), strappy sandal or small wedged shoe. The sandal is used for beaches, errands, theme parks, boats, etc. Anything that requires me to remove my shoes or I just need to slip on and go is what I use the sandal for. If it has a small clasp to it that works too (just more effort). The multi tasking shoe is for excursions and tours. If I’m traveling to Thailand where I know I might be doing some excursions in the jungle I’ll bring a running shoe. If I think I might be doing some light hiking up a volcano in Santorini I’ll bring a converse or canvas sneaker. When I travel to the Caribbean, go cruising, or know that I won’t be doing many physical activities I’ll bring a flat. Sometimes I’ll bring a flat and a pair of converse if I’m not sure what the itinerary entails. Finally the strappy sandal or small wedged shoe is for evenings out. Now unless you’re in a metropolitan city many people do not wear anything larger than a small wedge especially in beach towns. If you are traveling to a city like New York, LA, Bangkok, Paris than this evening shoe can be a pair of heels! I like to wear a strappy sandal or a nice pair of flats. Neutral colors are often the best when bringing shoes because you want something that compliments everything. But beware: avoid white in bigger cities. White shoes tend to get black very fast in places like NYC, Rome, Bangkok, etc. Try nude instead!

Daytime Shoe


Multi-tasking shoe

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Nighttime Shoe

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11) Outer wear – Do your research on the weather but I always recommend bringing a little something just in case. For summer I bring a jean jacket, a blazer, or a cardigan. You can always roll up the sleeves if it gets warm again, easy to transport, and great for airplanes!

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Few must bring itema for every summer vacation!

1) Sunscreen – The biggest sham all over the world! Most countries have never heard of travel sizes and oh yeah….the cheapest one is 15 euros or 1500 bahts….Just bring it.

2) Aloe Vera Gel – Speaking of suncreen…sometimes you forget to bring it to the beach with you…after you made sure to pack it. This guy comes in HANDY!

3) BLISTER BAND AIDS – Those shoes you just bought for this vacation that you forgot to brake in…OUCH! I always bring a small variety of band aids but the blister ones always get used the most.

4) Ibuprofen – Laying out in the sun all day can give you a head ache and then all you want to do is go to bed. Also that screaming baby on the flight over left you feeling like all day is about to spent in your hotel room. This guy will come in handy. TRUST ME.

5) Pepto, Tums, or a Stomach Relief Aid – Because food poisoning. It happens. Trying a countries native cuisine can be exciting for you but torture for your stomach! Airports and cities also carry lots of bugs and viruses. So wash your hands with soap and water and bring something for your stomach!

6) Dry shampoo – I typically just use baby powder. You can buy it travel sized and its easy to find. Summer is the season for SWEAT and greasy hair is just not cute.

7) Wet Brush – Probably the best invention ever! The ocean and my hair HATE each other. This brush untangled it nicely without causing major damage to my hair. I also bring detangler but your hair may not be as tangled as mine.

8) Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner – Even if you’re not planning on swimming you will sweat!

9) Sensodyne toothpaste – A lot of dentist friends recommend bringing this travel toothpaste on vacation because if there is anytime you don’t want a sensitive tooth…it’s your expensive vacation.

9) Speaker – I like to listen to music when I get ready, on the beach, etc. Bonus if it’s waterproof. If you forget one. Just put your phone in an empty cup and it will act as a speaker.

10) Waterproof electronic equipment – If you’re like me and HATE leaving your phone behind because you love to document everything get a water proof phone case, go pro case, etc. On my last trip the boat flooded while I wasn’t even on it! Bye iPhone 6! My friend had a head attachment on his go pro (which is naturally waterproof) and he almost lost while on a sea bob. Our other friend had a case with a floatie on it. That other friend was nailing it! You can be sorry or you can be that friend….i’m that friend. sigh.


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Happy Traveling

City Girl Riss

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