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The best part of planning a vacation? Thinking about all of the fantastic outfits you're going to wear at whatever fabulous destination you're heading. The worst part? Actually fitting all of those super cute outfits into your suitcase. Let us help you make this part a little less stressful with our roundup of the top five summer travel packing tips.

travel packing tips

Know your destination well

This means culture. This means weather. This means season. We often pack for the environment we currently reside in. Weather, our habitual day-to-day LOOK. It's important to think forward and research where we are heading. Even if it's only a town away.

Less is MORE

Most of us are over packers when we travel!  Why?...Fear of not having the right options. This leads to even more confusion w/ how to dress and what to pull out of our suitcase when at our destination. Start packing what you want to wear in OUTFITS. Then edit down. (this is where I will help guide ladies to design THE perfect capsule wardrobe for their destination). Do you really need 4 pairs of pants and 5 dresses. Or can you mix and match using different pieces interchangeably. Also, let's not forget that when we pack less, we have room to bring back new treasures from our travels

Create a capsule wardrobe.

Everything is easier once you've got the capsule wardrobe. Need help? Watch this video to get started.

Accessories are your friend!

You know your destination well. You've edited down to create your perfect capsule wardrobe. Now it's time to fill in the gaps with accessories. I'm not saying bring 10 pairs of shoes. Accessories are also jewels, nail color, clutches, wraps/scarves, hair accessories. With little to no real estate take over in your suitcase, you can give a nice POW to your Outfits by mixing in some of your favorite accessories. Haven't worn your bold cocktail ring that you scored at a vintage shop, those statement earrings gifted from your BFF, or the bright pink lip you've been wanting to try out? Now's the time. Have some fun!! My favorites to add are Favorites to add are Jewelry, Sunglasses, Rings, earrings, and lip/nail colors.

Get help from the experts

Get jet-set ready with Renée Lara Style for all your upcoming summer travels. Walk away with best practices for how to pack, create outfits with minimal pieces, and step into whatever destination feeling stylish with ease. Drinks and Lite Bites included. Register below!



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