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Packing Like a Pro {7 Outfit Ideas that Fit in Your Carry-On}

I know we’re spoiled with the moderate climate in Northern California. By February, though, I’m over being wet, cold, and pale.  My kids are sick of being inside and I am desperate for Vitamin D.  Ski Week is the perfect opportunity to head South for some sun.  But any mom will tell you that traveling with kids isn’t always a vacation.  Packing for a family of four is a journey in itself. Mom’s priorities are often forgotten as packing for kids requires SO. MUCH. STUFF.

What if we could streamline the process?  Seven days worth of clothes for mom in one carry-on? Yes! It can be done.  By mixing and matching these 12 different items (along with socks and underwear), you’ll look put together without the extra baggage.

{Outfit One: Flight}

NYDJ Alina Tummy Control Ankle Skinny Jeans Juniors Jeans Macy s
Amazon com ECCO Women s Women s Flash Lattice T Strap Huarache Sandal Lion 38 EU 7 7 5 M US Sandals
Linen Button Front Tunic JJill
Sanctuary Lieutenant Fatigue Cotton Cropped Jacket saksoff5th com

You want to be comfortable and dress in layers, since temperatures fluctuate while flying. These NYDJ Alina Tummy-Control Ankle Skinny Jeans are a must-have for every mom.  They’re a high-rise, stretchy fabric that doesn’t budge when you bend over or squat down to tend to littles.  They range from size 2-28, are made in the USA, and are often on sale at Amazon or Nordstrom Rack.  

Pair these jeans with a  button-up linen tunic, such as this J.Jill button-upSpoiler alert – this tunic will double as your beach cover up.  Top it with an olive, lightweight jacket such as this Sanctuary Cropped JacketA cute walking shoe that actually supports your feet is usually difficult to find. The Ecco Hurache Sandal in Lion is stylish and allows you to walk all day without aching feet.  It’s also easy to slip off while going through security. 

Take advantage of your one “personal item” and use your beach bag.

 

This Black/Neutral Straw Beach Tote $59.99 has zippered pockets on the inside to hold your valuables and enough room to house the things you’ll need to keep your kids occupied on the plane.  

When not in use, tie this lightweight scarf from Amazon around the handle of your bag. It’s neutral to go with everything, but the colorful tassels still make it interesting.

{Outfit Two: Relaxing and cocktails}

Once you are finally settled in your hotel, get comfortable in this maxi dress from Amazon.  The empire waist is ultra-flattering, while the length allows you to still #momsohard without  worrying what body part may be showing. Plus it’s bra-friendly.  Keep your lightweight jacket with you, as your may get chilly after happy hour.

{Outfit Three: Time For Adventure}

Offshore Tankini Athleta
Women s Nike Flex Experience RN 6 Running Shoes Finish Line
gFast high rise blackout capris gap

You’re ready to explore the terrain! This Athleta Offshore Tankini is the perfect base for today’s outfit. The top will give you enough support for hiking and running, plus you’ll be ready to jump into any waterfalls that may find you. Slip on these moisture-wicking, high-rise capri leggings from Gap and these on-trend rose gold Nikes, and you’re ready to hit the trails.

{Outfit Four: For Shopping}

Beachcoco Women s Plus Size Maxi Tank Dress at Amazon Women’s Clothing store
Dual Zip Crossbody Bag for Women old navy
Amazon com ECCO Women s Women s Flash Lattice T Strap Huarache Sandal Lion 38 EU 7 7 5 M US Sandals

The best part about packing light is having plenty of room for souvenirs. While you’re out on the town shopping, you want to be comfortable and have both hands available to either hold a small hand or complete a purchase.  With your maxi dress and Ecco sandals, you’ll want to bring a cross-body bag with you.  This Dual Zip Cross-Body Bag from Old Navy has two zippered compartments to keep your belongings safe and an adjustable strap to keep it close to you.  Keep your scarf tied to your bag, and if you feel like you are getting too much sun, just lay it over your shoulders to give them a break.

{Outfit Five: Touring}

Linen Button Front Tunic JJill
Women s Nike Flex Experience RN 6 Running Shoes Finish Line
Dual Zip Crossbody Bag for Women old navy
gFast high rise blackout capris gap

You’ve decided to give your children a history lesson and check out some religious and historical sites. Depending on which country you’re visiting, you’ll want to dress conservatively but comfortably.  A good rule of thumb for visiting religious sites is to avoid shorts, sandals and to keep your feet and shoulders covered. The perfect outfit for touring such sites is your linen tunic, leggings, and Nike sneakers. Your cross-body bag will be helpful as you’re keeping up with your tour guide.

{Outfit Six: Beach Day}

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Nobody loves swimsuit shoppingBut start with this Sweetheart One Piece Swimsuit by La Blanca and you may only have to try on one!  Available in sizes 2-22, this swimsuit uses ruching to highlight your curves. The sweetheart neckline draws the eye upward while the molded cups provide extra support.  Tie your scarf around your waist and it doubles as a sarong.  Grab your straw tote and slip on your Ecco sandals. Now you’re ready to soak up those rays.

{Outfit Seven: Nightlife}

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NYDJ Alina Tummy Control Ankle Skinny Jeans Juniors Jeans Macy s
Amazon com ECCO Women s Women s Flash Lattice T Strap Huarache Sandal Lion 38 EU 7 7 5 M US Sandals
Women Lightweight White Scarf Wrap Plain tassel Soft Solid Tassel Fringe Pashmina Scarfs Shawl For 2018 Fashion Spring Summer Lady Ideal Gift at Amazon Women’s Clothing store

You’ve ditched your kids (lovingly, of course) and are ready to hit the town with your partner.  It’s time to enjoy some dinner, dancing, and who knows what’s next after a few tropical drinks. Get back into that Sweetheart One-Piece swimsuit and pair it with your skinny jeans and Ecco sandals.  Voila!  Now you’re rocking a  trendy body-suit that hugs you in all the right places. Fold your scarf into a large triangle and roll it so it is long and skinny.  Thread it through your belt loops and tie it in the front for a festive belt.  Finally, don’t forget to layer on those souvenir necklaces!

The Secret Weapon: Packing Cubes

So you’ve been able to streamline your wardrobe, but you still need some help packing.  Invest in my secret weapon: packing cubes.  These nylon zippered cubes cost less than $20! They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and compress your clothes to allow more room in your suitcase.  Just roll each item of clothing instead of folding and stuff it in the cube.  Give each family member a cube so they can easily find what they’re looking for on their own!  Having your clothes under control means one less thing for you to think about, which means that this may finally be the trip that’s also your vacation.

What are your secrets for packing like a pro? Share them with me in the comments!

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