Summer Travel: What To Pack

With a big trip only days away, and a to-do list about a mile long, packing seems to have fallen to the wayside.  My mom used to wave a packing checklist, at least ten pages long, around the house weeks in advance of a vacation.  I tend to be more visual (and clearly, last-minute).  So I put together a packing list of summer essentials.

I try to limit myself: one (two) pairs of sandals, one pair of sneakers (in case I get the urge to become athletic overnight), one pair of high heels (though I’m thinking these may be wholly unnecessary for a trip to the desert), a go-anywhere bootie, day purse and night purse, a few essential accessories (need room to buy more during my travels!), and plenty of clothes that layer and mix-n-match well.  (Then I shove the rest of my stuff in hubby’s suitcase and hope he doesn’t notice until we’re at least halfway across the country.)

What’s your go-to travel outfit?  Are you a light packer or an over-packer?

The Accessories: Forever 21 Scarf // Forever 21 Hat // Super Lucia Sunnies // Karen Walker Sunnies // Tory Burch Wrap Bracelets // Michael Kors Chronograph

Under Things: Madewell Bralette // VPL Insertion Bra // Hanky Panky Lace V-Kini // Spanx Leggings

Swim + Sleep: Mara Hoffman Bikini // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bikini Top + Bottom // Sleep Shirt + Tap Pants // T by Alexander Wang Tank // 3.1 Phillip Lim Tap Pants (Similar) // Madewell Crosswalk Cardigan

The Staples: J.Crew Cardigan (Similar) // Madewell Racerback Tank // Winter Kate Tunic (Similar) // Luv Aj Fringe Necklace // True Religion Cameron Boyfriend Jeans // Citizens of Humanity Chloe Floral Shorts // TOPSHOP Button Front Midi Dress // B-Low the Belt Leopard Belt // Lace Tank via Delias (Similar + Awesome Betsey Johnson Skull Lace Tank)

Shoes + Bags: Deux Lux Sequin Duffle // Alexander Wang Diego // Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch in Cameo Ostrich // Rag & Bone Harrow Booties // DV by Dolce Vita Ilana Sandals // TOMS Linen Slip-on



  1. sahra

    look like a great packing list! have a great trip <3

    XO Sahra

  2. a&b

    Great outfit post! I’m going to add pretty much all of that to my must bring with me on the honeymoon list!

  3. Lena

    I’m so obsessive–I always start my packing lists before we’ve even bought tickets (and end up with three times too many sandals, and only ever wear 2 bikinis, no matter how many I packed)!

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  5. Mel

    This is genius packing list! I am such an OVER PACKER so I hope following your list will help me!

    • Lexi

      I totally feel you! I always over-pack! You just have to convince yourself that it’s okay to re-wear key pieces!

  6. These sets are awesome! I really love the browns and beige hues. I must say these are not just comfortable but they are also the perfect fashion statements. I’ll be traveling in a month too and I’m thankful to have found this site. My luggage stress will finally be lessened after discovering these selections. Thanks a lot!

    • Lexi

      I am so glad to hear that!! This is definitely my go-to packing list and I promise you, it works! 🙂

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