It’s time to break out the women's travel bags and get packing for your next spring adventure! We consider packing to be an art form that can be learned and perfected to prepare you for your amazing trip. Too much stuff, and you can feel overloaded.
Too little, and you feel underprepared. We like to abide by a few golden rules when it comes to spring trip packing, so let’s get to it and hit the road!
Starting from the bottom is a smart idea when it comes to packing. Why? Footwear often takes up the most space and can be heaviest. It’s also one of the most important parts of packing, so it’s best to make sure you have all the footwear you need and all the space to carry it before moving on. But what footwear should you bring on your spring trip?
A good pair of walking shoes is key since you want to make sure you’re comfortable as you’re exploring a new place. Next, if you’re going where you might be hiking, throw in your hiking boots or hiking sandals to make sure you stay safe and secure on your adventure. One pair of comfy shoes that can be dressed up, in case you want to go out for a nice meal, is always a smart choice too. Also, packing a pair of slippers or house shoes is a must, and an often forgotten item on the list!
When it comes to packing, it’s almost more important to know what not to pack than what to pack. Our advice? If you have to rationalize packing it, you probably don’t need it. Packing pros know that having less with you makes it easier to get around and less likely that anything will get lost. It’s also a good idea to leave room for any souvenirs or clothing items you may want to bring home with you. Bringing one basic shirt for each day and one pair of pants for every three days you're gone is a good place to land. We recommend packing one or two easy over shirts, like a women's oxford shirt to throw on over a t-shirt or tank top in case it gets cold, or to add variety to your travel look. We know packing light can be difficult when you’re getting ready to go, but once you’re on the road, you won’t regret having a lighter load.
This is one area where we’d advise you not to pack too light—being somewhere without the proper women's coat can be a nightmare and an avoidable one at that. When it comes to outerwear for spring travel, layering is the answer. Unpredictable spring temperatures mean we have to be prepared for whatever nature throws our way. A light jacket is a must, and we like to pack along a sweater or sweatshirt to layer underneath in case it cools down. You’re unlikely to regret packing a rain jacket and/or umbrella since they don’t take up much space and can be lifesavers if a storm hits.
Last but not least, you always want to throw in one or two nice outfits, just in case. Even if this simply means packing a nice button-down shirt or statement tunic, it’s better to be prepared for an unscheduled formal meal or event on vacation than to be stuck wearing a t-shirt. Jeans can usually function just fine for most restaurants, but making sure you—and your family, if you’re traveling with them—have one nice shirt. It can go a long way. There are some super versatile wardrobe items, like a spring dress, or a romper, that goes easily from day to night, and we highly recommend packing items like these for your spring trip.
Our final word of advice is to remember when traveling, comfort is key. If you have to choose between the comfy walking shoes and the cute cowboy boots, always choose the comfortable option, as much as you may want to bring the more fun option. Traveling is about having fun, and being comfortable is the first step to having the best time ever. Check out these articles below for more travel tips!