What To Pack For A Romantic Summer Getaway
One of my goals for the summer (and year) is to do a lot of traveling, and so far I’ve been doing a good job at that. Most recently, I visited Houston. If you’ve been to Houston, you know that it can get very hot and extremely humid. Most of the time, it feels like it’s well over 100 degrees outside. While this weather may seem a bit challenging to dress for, or you’ll find yourself overpacking because you don’t know what to wear - it’s easier than you think. And the best place to start is with your essentials.
I find that it’s much easier and quicker to pack and avoid shopping for new pieces to take on my trip when I focus on my essentials. For summer and 100+ degree weather, in particular, lightweight fabrics are key. And playing with proportions is what’ll keep you from feeling as if you’re showing off too much skin.
When in Houston, my home away from home is Hotel Sorella.
I stay at this hotel every time I come to Texas. It’s the perfect location - located in City Centre which is in the middle of different restaurants, bars, entertainment places, and shopping. Unless I plan on exploring other parts of Houston, once I check in, I stay put. And for this trip, in particular, it was meant to be a staycation. Factor in the pool and cabanas and, for me, it’s the perfect trip - relaxing and convenient.
There is a restaurant and bar right off the pool, while you're enjoying the sun, you can also be served food and drinks:
And at night, the trees light up, and the fire stations throughout City Centre bring the romance.
Packing for a romantic getaway, of course, you want to look your best, which may lead you to overpacking, so you have plenty of options. But, to avoid paying extra to check a bag, I had to keep focused with my packing. I needed a few pieces to wear to breakfast, which conveniently, is a complimentary add-on at this hotel, bathing suit, pieces to walk around in during the day and an outfit for date night.
My wardrobe is filled with the essentials, making it easier and quicker to pack. With my agenda, I was able to pick out my outfits within minutes.
+ 2 pairs of shorts (denim and sweat shorts)
+ 4 tops (2 different styled tanks, a tee and an oversized tee for lounging/wear to breakfast)
+ Romper (for date night)
+ 1 pair of heels
+ 2 pairs of flats (sliders and sandals)
+ 1 purse (which can be carried as a satchel or crossbody)
+ Bathing suit
Having a mix of casual and dressy essentials allowed me to pack less and mix and match the same pieces to create different outfits. And by focusing on pieces; such as my purse that can act as a dressier or casual piece made it easier to avoid overpacking.
What to add to your packing list, select a below style for a breakdown of the essentials, where to shop these pieces and different casual and dressy outfit ideas:
You have your seasonal essentials and year-long essentials. They are their own capsule that makes it easier to build out your outfits, wear the same pieces to put together different outfits and keep you from wasteful with your spending.
You don’t need to shop to create new options in your wardrobe. Rely on your essentials as your base pieces and then add different colors, styles to prints to elevate your basics. Or, if you’re like me, and live for your neutral solid colors and prints, then I would suggest adding different variations of your pieces to give you more variety.
In my wardrobe building eBooks, you’ll learn which styles to add to your wardrobe, where to shop them, and how to style them.
If you’re finding it difficult to wear the pieces you have in your closet - Pick a below style for guidance on what pieces to add to your wardrobe and how to use your basics to start wearing those pieces you’ve been struggling to style.
Vacation season is here - make sure your wardrobe is ready!