Last week I had my last Spring Break of undergrad. My boyfriend treated me to a vacation in Sint Maarten where we stayed at the Holland House Beach Hotel on the Dutch side of the island. I’ve included a few pictures below for your enjoyment.
With my school’s Spring Break next week, I think now would be a good time to address a few things: what to pack and things to keep in mind when packing. Below are a few must’s on my list. What are yours?
∞ Bathing suit (or two)
∞ SPF 30+ sunblock
∞ Open-knit sweater for beach coverup
∞ Flip flops + cute sandals
∞ Linen shirt + pants
∞ Crossbody bag
1. When packing for a one-week-long vacation, the last thing you want to do is over pack. There is no need to pay to check your bag—you shouldn’t be bringing that much stuff! The very most you should be bringing is 1 rolling suitcase for your overhead bin and a carry-on to keep at your feet. This should provide you plenty of room for clothing plus additional souvenirs to bring home
2. Hello interchangeable separates!! Think neutrals & fairly similar “themed” pieces. When I’m on vacation I make sure that everything is very easy going and anything BUT high maintenance. Linen pants, linen shirt, denim shorts, boho white blouse, and flow-y dresses that don’t cling. While you’re relaxing in a warmer climate the last thing you want to worry about is over-heating, sweat stains, belly bulge, or looking too trendy. Take the basic approach—you want to be focusing on the scenery, not on your outfit.
3.Why do I have one bathing suit top and two different bottoms? The low-rise side tie option is for actually lounging at the beach and soaking up some sun. The high-rise vintage cut option allows for a bit more versatility: if you’re going to be on or near the beach and know that you will be going to a boardwalk restaurant/bar afterwards these offer more coverage and a hot-pant look that can transition well with your light sweater or linen button down shirt over them. Throw on your shades and a long strand necklace and you’ve got yourself a pretty cute outfit!
4.Don’t pack super-clingy clothes! Not only will they be a pain getting on and off if you’re salty or sweaty, but they will make you sweat more and you’ll feel packed like a sausage. I’m specifically referring to skinny jeans, but a tight dress can be just as uncomfortable, depending on the length and weight of the fabric.
5. Don’t bother with heels. Unless you honestly know exactly what you’ll be doing and where you’ll be walking, heels will be far more trouble than they’re worth. Not to mention take up far more room in your bag than a pair of flat sandals! Save your feet (and some room) by opting for 1 pair of flip flops and 1 pair of cute flat sandals. If you really want some boost in height choose wedges over stilettos, maybe even a lower pair of espadrilles or flatforms
Wherever you ladies and gents are off to for your Spring Break, do you have any packing tips or tricks to share?
While I don’t normally do the typical “outfit post” to display what I’m wearing, I thought this might be a good time to do a recap of what I’ve worn to my internship at USA Today Magazines. As an Editorial Intern in custom publishing the dress code is a bit lax but still professional. My editors encourage a sense of self and identity through how you dress while still keeping in mind that we’re in an office environment. Here are 12 outfits I thought may be worth sharing. NOTE: Yes, they’re all taken on my iPhone in the bathroom. Why? Because my living room is being taken over by my recycled-fashion independent study I mentioned here.