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Packing for your next vacation: wardrobe essentials
Look fashionable no matter where your travels take you
 
Published Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:30 am
by Brandpoint

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Deciding what to pack for vacation can be a challenge, but simple tips like packing clothes that can be worn multiple ways can help you pack light and efficiently. 

Planning on taking a trip before summer ends? Deciding on what to bring and packing a suitcase to cover even just a weekend of activities can be a frustrating dilemma. But with careful planning and reuse of key items, it's easy to look fashionable no matter where your travels take you.

"First of all, don't fall into the trap of thinking that black has to be your neutral," said Meagan Glasco, academic director of fashion at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University. "During the summer, pretty much any solid color can be the foundation for your vacation outfits, so plan to include your most flattering colors."

Pack like a pro with these tips from Glasco:

* Make sure that every item you pack can be worn at least two different ways.

* Pack mostly solid color items with just one or two patterned or specialty items like a sequin top to ensure that all of your outfits will coordinate.

* Add a cardigan or blazer over a dress to create a look that works in almost any situation. Remember, dresses take up the least amount of space in your luggage.

Kate Campbell, academic director of fashion at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, recommends basing your packing list on the trip's activities.

"Before your leave home, plan each day's outfits to match the day's activities," she said.

Campbell's additional tips:

* Plan one or two central pieces, such as a simple jacket, a fabulous sundress or the perfect jeans. Add a blouse to dress jeans up or a tee to dress them down.

* Bring three pairs of shoes: comfortable walking shoes, sandals, and dress shoes; and two handbags: a roomy classic bag for travel and a small bag to use at your destination. Don't fall for too many pockets in your bags - it may look organized, but it's impossible to find things.

* Use accessories like belts, jewelry or scarves to give the same outfit a completely different look.

Now that you've figured out what to take, what's the best way to pack it? Campbell and Glasco agree:

* Place shoes at the bottom. Next, add heavier items such as jeans or blazers, and finally place delicate items on top. You can carefully fold and pack flat or you can roll items to avoid wrinkles. Remember to unpack as soon as you reach your destination.

* Tuck smaller items of clothing, toiletry bags, flat irons, belts, accessory bags, etc. around the edges or in the corners of your bag. Use Ziploc bags and make sure everything is sealed tight.

* Take only the essentials: ID, insurance, one or two credit cards, minimal cash, one great lipstick, a day's worth of mini-versions of grooming must-haves and medications in your carry-on bag. Put a small repair kit for sewing or fixing glasses, sunscreen and a small umbrella in your checked bag.

Good planning before you leave home means you can relax and enjoy yourself at your destination. After all, isn't that what vacations are for? 

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