The toughest part of any trip has to be packing. You have to coordinate and fit all the outfits you may (or may not) need into a suitcase that... you could have sworn was bigger than that last year. What do you need to be prepared for? What activities are you going to do? What's the weather going to be like? All of these questions need to be answered in your wardrobe. And that wardrobe is limited.
Here are some ideas that can help you solve your packing problems and get you on your way in the new year.
Things are warming up, but you could still get caught on a cold day. Packing layers is the best way to deal with potential weather changes. If a breeze kicks up, pull on a choice cardigan. If the sun is out, take it off! Or, if your destination is a little colder in the first place, consider some of our nice fleece wear with long-sleeved shirts underneath for when the fire gets a little too toasty. However you choose to pack, there should be three basic pieces to every outfit: the bottoms, the innermost layer, and the outermost layer. Pick one to be your fashion statement, and keep the rest pretty neutral. When you keep things simple with just a pop of color here or there, different combinations can flow much easier.
Wherever you travel, it's a given you should pack for the climate. If it's a ski trip, don't pack shorts or flip-flops. If you are going to the mountains, bring hiking boots and something that will keep you dry. You want to be prepared to have the best time where you're going, and that includes being weather-ready. Even if you aren't going all out on a weather-exposure trip, it's still smart to check predictions so you don't get caught in the rain. Check out Lands' End's outerwear to make sure you are set for whatever your getaway might bring. You've got this. Fleeces and down coats for the snow; rain jackets and hiking boots for camping. And speaking of shoes...
What outfit is ever complete without some cute shoes? If you have to walk around in something, they might as well make you feel like a million bucks. Whether they're the aforementioned boots, sneakers for exploring, or slippers to relax in, shoes can't be left out of packing calculations. Remember what your plans are and make sure your shoes will serve your needs. No heels on a hiking trip, please. If you don't really have plans, sneakers you can wash or comfy flats are usually a safe bet.
As far as actually packing them goes, shoes can be a little difficult to manage. Here are two helpful tricks. Firstly, remember how you got these shoes. They were heel-to-toe in a shoebox and they fit together perfectly. Try to recreate that match-up when you pack your shoes this time. Secondly, you don't want your shoes touching your nice clean clothes, so consider putting your shoes in a bag. Saran wrap even works as a last resort, and it compacts your shoes pretty well.
Everyone sleeps. Or at least we should. Sleep has been linked to so many physical and mental health benefits, it would be a shame not to take advantage of it — especially after a long, tiring day of travel. But sleep is not always an easy thing to come by. If you're uncomfortable, that sweet sleep can be even more elusive. That's why you should leave room in your suitcase for pajamas. And not just any pajamas, but the best sleepwear for women. The sleepwear that puts you in the best position to get the rest your body wants after all those miles traveled. You won't regret it after you wake up refreshed and ready for whatever your getaway trip has for you.
If you're escaping a colder climate by a quick jaunt down to the beach, you will definitely need a swim dress to show off in the sun. If you're resort hopping up in the snow, a hot tub excursion on a snowflake-filled night can't happen without that trusty one-piece swimsuit . Swimsuits are always good to pack, even if you aren't sure you will be swimming. They roll up tightly and you never know!
When you've decided what all to pack, toss it in, zip her up, and you're ready to go! Spring is a great time to travel and start the year refreshed. Now that you have packing handled, you can enjoy your getaway.
Au revoir and bon voyage!