Today, the always adorable Bridget from It's a Hunts Life, is sharing packing tips! Oh boy. The joy of packing. But she gives a great run down of things to think about. And her travel picks? Swoon worthy. Make sure to stop by her blog to see more! Enjoy!
in spring of 2010 my husband and i decided that that summer was THE SUMMER to fly over to italy for a 2-week stay. we deserved it! we work hard for the monies! so hard for it honey! (a little donna summer in your head never hurt nobody.) so began my dreaming: what clothes would i bring, what food would we eat, where will we stay, how much wine will be consumed. all very important things!!
we decided on orvieto, rome, florence, positano, and cinque terre. the trip of all trips! (and it was. sigh.)
now, for the nitty-gritty. here were the deets as best as my head could imagine a thousand miles plus away from said country (while i packed my bags!).
it was gonna be hot. we live outside boston so we're familiar with the 80-degrees-really-feels-like-90-degrees humidity that italy would likely have. but humidity plus being a tourist who's out really doin' stuff is a whole new ball game. you know what i'm saying? you're a fool if you're staying in the confines of your hotel just because it's hot out. it's italy, fools! get out there and enjoy it!
there'd be a lot of walking. i mean, rome! cinque terre trails! cobblestones! vatican! that was plenty of exclamations and i'll end there. you get the picture. lots of walking. i'm a firm believer in form over function but i really didn't want to be nursing blisters back at the hotel room while my husband ate caprese salads without me.
i'd wanna look good. this doesn't really need an explanation does it? vacations equal pictures. pictures equal memories forever. you wanna look good in those forever mems, right?!
now if you haven't decided i'm entirely vain and you're still reading, here are my specifics! pack 'em!
don't overestimate the power of a black maxi skirt (especially while traveling)! seriously. my maxi skirt came from urban outfitters ages ago and i have gotten a ridiculous amount of wear out of it. i mean, cost per wear is probably two cents at this point. i wore it pulled up high while pregnant, all over israel (perfect for the modest wear required at certain religious sites), and all over italy. it is perhaps my post worn piece of clothing. even more than the blue jean, i think! here are some current options (all under $50!): 1 // 2
that whole shoe thing. see, i'm tall so i'm not much of a heels gal anyway. that being said, i really didn't want to look like some frump over there while the italian clicked around in heels looking ever-so-chic and making me hate them simultaneously. for real walking walking, i got these (in black). you're probably thinking i misspoke when i said form over function. i know! the sandals don't scream chic. more like, "let's go hug a tree and eat some granola for lunch while doing our sun salutations." but, for that type of footwear, i actually think they're pretty cool and they are seriously comfortable. i've done some major mileage in those babies. and i'm wearing them here and they don't look entirely foolish, right? and for some cute footwear that look (but oh how looks can decieve!) comfortable and will go with everything (again! all under $50!): 1 // 2
pack breezy, wrinkle-free things. this goes without saying. and touches on no. 1 again. maxi dresses, maxi skirts, jersey dresses. i have been a longtime lover of these style-a-million-different-ways jersey dresses (the price, less so!). although, here's a similar one at half the cost! i can't imagine packing a better item. it won't wrinkle, it can be dressed up (heels! bangles!) or dressed down (a cardigan! casual belt! gladiator flats!). perfect. now, i'm not going to link to any because i trust that you all can sufficiently find your own easy-breezies.
and, because you asked, here's a few more pictures of our trip.