When I first met Roger, he said he didn’t like to travel. He was happiest sitting on the porch with a good book or watching a travel show on TV. (That way he could enjoy traveling without having to pack and sit in an airplane.) I, on the other hand, have spent the past thirty eight years working often more than full time, keeping a home and raising a child. Now that I’m free(er) of responsibilities, I want to see the world (first class, of course). With the upheaval we’ve had over the past several months, we’ve decided to compromise, for the moment; we’re back to exploring Florida with hopes that our travels will grow from there.
People often ask where they might visit after they’ve had their Disney or Universal fix. Let me tell you, if you’ve never ventured beyond Orlando, you are really missing out! So as we take our little trips this season, we’ll bring you along to some of our favorite getaways while the weather is still cool.
Before we get too far into the trip, I wanted to take a little time out to share my warm weather packing list. In my business travel post, I talked about building your travel wardrobe around a color scheme, (You can read about it here). This time, I wanted to show you how you can make each piece do double the work, from a pretty wrap to your bathing suit top—the more ways you can wear a piece, the less you need to pack and, the freer you are to move about the cabin—or the more space you have to bring stuff home…
Here’s my Warm Weather Packing List:
The essentials: Jeans and a button down.
This is my typical travel look. I’ve featured these jeans before, and I’m sharing them again because they are as comfortable as leggings, only they have the polish of jeans—isn’t it funny that I would be saying jeans are polished? How far we’ve come from the days we weren’t allowed to wear jeans to school!
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I think a good pair of jeans are great for travel, they go with everything, and if the weather turns out to be a little cooler than expected, they can be great with a cute top for sight seeing or dressed up for evening.
A linen button down is so versatile
I have several in my wardrobe from sleek to oversized, a button down can be worn belted, open, and tucked in of course, and can double as a swimsuit coverup, worn tied at the waist over a pretty top for evening—oh the things you can do with a button down!
I am taking the Becca navy lace tankini I got last spring—it is so pretty I figured I could wear the top for evening or with a skirt for sight seeing.
A good wrap can keep you warm on the plane or in the car, add a layer of interest to an otherwise basic outfit and can double as a skirt for a luncheon beside the pool. And we’ve all seen those clever videos on how to tie a wrap into a dress. Definitely take a wrap.
A skirt or dress
If I’m going for a really versatile travel wardrobe, I take a skirt, but I couldn’t resist a romantic sundress for this go around—I imagined walking on the beach or seeing the sights in this dress I got last year. It’s sort of a wild card, and wild cards are good, I think.
I like taking a big oversized tote when we are taking road trips
they can carry your clothes or be pressed into service for a day at the beach or tote your yoga mat for a last minute class. A small bag is a must too, one that can be worn several ways and will also look great in the evening. I have been loving this bag—it’s the perfect size: not too big, not too small, and it looks good with everything from day to evening, so, I’m taking it. (If you want one too, you can get it here)
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*A special thank to J.Jill for sending along the jeggings and linen button down shirt. This warm weather packing list post contains affiliated links.
I love your travel essentials!
I try to make every piece I take on a trip do double duty too!
I love the photos and the scenery. It makes me want to head on down to Florida to be with you!
Have a great weekend!
You are always welcome at my house Robin!
Beautiful, Nina! I am loving that wrap! That is so my jam. I need some sunshine. Please send some my way!
I’ve been loving your romantic winter scenes—fluffy fairy snow—just stunning. Your photos are gorgeous I love visiting http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com!
Beautiful looks! I love the chambray top with the white skirt.
Thank you Amy! Thank you for stopping by!
I love all these looks and your swimsuit is so fab! I also love that denim dress! Great post!
Thank you Suzanne! Glad you stopped by! I always love visiting your at http://www.asksuzannebell.com
Such great picks! I love the colour palette, I guess that’s the key to packing light! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
I do try to stick with a color palate—it makes it so everything sort of goes together and you can mix and match. Thank you for stopping by, Emma!
I love you in all those blues – it’s such a great colour on you. What a fabulous swim suit! x
Thank you! I love the swim suit too! When i saw it i had to have it but it was sold out! But after a little digging, I found it. Tankinis are great because they are so versitile!
A beautiful post Nina! I love the blue theme?
Thank you, Rosemary! Glad you stopped by!
You look amazing, all these pieces look fabulous on you. Especially love the swimsuit, will be looking for this one. I have always wanted to pack this way, but it never works out for me – must try harder! I’ve got a few weekends away and a holiday later in the year so will try to put this into action. Thanks for hosting. x Jacqui
The swim suit is in my boutique if you are looking for the same one.
Love your Becca swimsuit. It looks good on you and your travel essentials are so right on point! You can mix and match everything and do not need to overpack.
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Nina, Would you share the brand of your wrap. I’ve never seen one like that and would love to find one! Thanks
I got it at H and M a few years ago. I always check out the accessories area in discount shops. You can find the cutest things.