Time to pack...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

As you know, we are headed to Charleston and Kiawah Island, SC this weekend and I've already started my packing process. Yes, it is a process. I have a tendency to over-pack...throwing extra stuff in for those "just in case" moments that NEVER happen. First, I lay my dream out first. Meaning, if there was no limit on how heavy my suitcase is, there was someone to cart around my suitcase for me, and I had a suitcase large enough to fit weeks of clothes...these are all the clothes, shoes, and accessories I would take with me. Then, over the next couple nights, I sleep on it and start taking things out of my "dream" and slowly get more realistic. I'll be honest, I have never gone on a trip where I had extra room in my suitcase...I always find a way to fill it. Thank goodness my husband is a VERY low-maintenance packer and has room for us to return home with some goodies from wherever we are visiting.Thanks B!

Beach vacations are fun to pack for! I start with my clothes, cover-ups, swimsuits and shoes. You can bring a lot to the beach because everything is light weight and can fold up real tight. Most important beach attire=swimsuits!
I love this starfish swimsuit from Vineyard Vines! It comes in many different styles and the colors are fun, summer colors. Next, are cover-ups. It is nice to lay around the beach all day and slip on a cute, simple cover-up to go explore the area, the restaurants, get lunch, etc.

I adore both of these! They are simple and relaxed, yet bright and fun! I cannot forget to pack my rash guard. If you like to surf, body board or have something on to keep you from getting sunburned a rash guard is very helpful. I love Patagonia's rash guards. They come in vibrant colors and have spf in them!
When it comes to packing shoes for a beach trip, I keep it very minimal. I will probably be barefoot most of the time anyway, right?! One pair of shoes I don't leave the house without in the summer are my J. Crew flip-flops. These shoes are the best. I have them in gold and silver and have worn them everyday the past 4 summers. Check out the other colors they have...I will take one of each, please:).
As far as packing clothing to go to dinner, etc...I keep it simple. Dresses or skirts I can slip on, they are very comfortable and look great with beach hair and no make-up. I don't have this dress, but wish I did to celebrate the 4th of July this year. How cute is this dress from Lily Pulitzer?? The bottom of the dress is covered in fireworks!!
Now, onto must-have beach accessories. When headed to the beach, I ditch the purse and use a beach bag as my carry-on. I stick a small straw clutch in the beach bag to use as a purse, when I need one. I found a great beach bag this year from Ballard Designs. It was cheap, even with a monogram, and the colors and size are perfect for a week of beach living!
I got the seafoam green bag and it has been with me on every beach trip this year. In the bag, number one items...sunglasses and croakies! Protect your eyes and keep track of your sunglasses with bright-colored croakies!

I never forget a hat for 2 reasons. One, to keep the sun out of my face and, two, to cover my un-combed hair while I shop.
Another item that I never travel without is a scarf. It keeps me warm on the flight, but is light enough to add some pizazz to any outfit. I am a scarf LOVER...just ask my husband. I have every color you can imagine and it's still not enough. I wear them year around and they are so practical in many ways! I am obsessed with the color of the J. Crew scarf below and want to wear it with an all white outfit!
Finally, one more important accessory to have in your beach bag is a koozie! You never know when you are going to have a cold drink on the beach or in town, so have one ready. Southern Marsh has some great koozies in a variety of colors.
Ok, now I'm ready for Kiawah! My motto for beach packing is keep it simple and VERY colorful!

See you tomorrow for VACATION FRIDAY!!


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