Vacation Packing List!

Travel & Leisure


Oh, March. You tease us with unkept promises of Spring! It was 60 degrees in MN last weekend, while unsettling, it wasn’t hard to enjoy. Alas, more snow ahead. Here in the North, we can count on 5 months of snow-covered ground.

I ran across scribblings of my packing list for our own beach vacation, that was sadly canceled due to illness and work. A girl can still dream, right? So I decided to dive into my packing lists inspired by Hei Doll’s awesome Packing Light series. They are so awesome and actually inspire you to bring less.

Pack: The approach for packing? Bring a great suitcase in a manageable size. When you’re traveling somewhere remote, it seems a little counter intuitive to drag your entire life with you on the way there! Included is a beach tote that also works as a bag to bring to the market for fresh fruit and local fare. We’ve also included clutches for cosmetics and “dressing up.” Both have a lot of personality, which is what I look for in a good clutch!

Prep: Less is more!! Beach vacations are best spent taking time off from primping. Pack a great versatile lipstick color, sunscreen (obviously), a great hydrating mask, mascara, a little cream blush, and a tinted moisturizer with more SPF!

Wear: This list includes pieces that stand alone and go well together. Yes, 3 pairs of shoes can seem a bit much, but it really brings the versatility to the clothing pieces.

Accessorize: Always the best place to have a little fun! I love the versatility of a good men’s pocket square… wear it around your neck, your arm, in your hair!

Outfit One

Vacation Style-02

Outfit Two

Vacation Style-03

Outfit Three

Vacation Style-04

Outfit Four

Vacation Style-05

Outfit Five

Vacation Style-06

Outfit Six

Vacation Style-08

Outfit SevenVacation Style-07

I hope you have a chance to get away this winter!

BY Kate Arends - March 2, 2016


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  1. Jess @ Fashion By Committee

    March 2nd, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Love seeing the outfits laid out! It really makes the whole list come together for me. Now I just need a tropical vacation to be in my future…

  2. Kristi

    March 2nd, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Great round up of what to pack for March winter escapes!

  3. Abbie E.

    March 2nd, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I love the sneakers!
    Abbie E.

  4. Lo

    March 2nd, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Where is the plaid blouse from? I don’t see a link!

  5. Kate Arends

    March 4th, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Aggh! Just updated the post with the new link. It’s the “Caval” top from Mih Jeans.

  6. Amanda

    March 2nd, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Time to get out of this Minnesota winter!

  7. Mun

    March 3rd, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I really love the idea of packing less for travel but I struggle to do so every time, unless I’m heading back to the parents’. What would you suggest if I’m travelling to both a cold + spring climate in one single trip?

  8. Chelsea

    March 3rd, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Love this list!! I’m craving a vacation!

    xx Chelsea

  9. Christina

    March 3rd, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Ugh you have the best style. Love it all.

  10. Molly {Dreams in HD}

    March 4th, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Such a fantastic post! We’re going on our honeymoon to Greece & Italy in September and I may or may not have already started worrying about what I will pack. Saving this list!

  11. Raj

    March 6th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Yes please!
    One of everything please

    What Raj Wants

  12. Beryl

    May 15th, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Kate, we thought we knew a lot about packing. But this article is impressively comprehensive. You’ve given us a few new ideas.

    Well done!

  13. Gabby

    August 18th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    All very cute!

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