Summer Travel Packing Tips

Since summer travels officially kicked off Memorial Day weekend I’m sharing a couple summer travel packing tips + recommendations!

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c/o stripe swing dress | similar chambray shirt | c/o quilted crossbody bag | similar sneakers | c/o blush stone earrings | cable cuff | cable ring | c/o quilted weekender travel bag | c/o quilted navy backpack

So I know summer doesn’t officially kick off until June 21st however, let’s be honest, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer. Therefore, I’m calling it summer and saying summer travels have begun! I mean, most kids are out of school now {or very soon} and trips to the beach, Disney World, and other exciting destinations are right around the corner. Or may have started for you Memorial Day weekend. For us, we spent the long weekend at the lake house with Joshua’s family. Which is only about 45 minutes to an hour {or more depending on crazy lake traffic} from our home. However, to us, it’s totally a getaway and counts as summer travel in our minds!

Therefore, we packed our bags full of summer travel essentials!

Summer Travel Packing Tips | Casual Summer Travel Outfit Idea | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Summer Travel Packing Tips | Casual Summer Travel Outfit Idea | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

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First up, let’s talk about the three bags I’m carrying this summer for long weekends away. A weekender, backpack, and easy crossbody. All of which are perfect for packing in the car or carrying through the airport. I remember before, I used to be a heavy packer. I tried taking so many unnecessary items and complaining that my bags were to heavy to carry. I didn’t know what I was thinking. When I think back at how much I hated holding those heavy bags, it made me think about a friend of mine who had to use the services of Cross Country Movers to help him get all his possessions from his old house to his new place. This is something that you need help with, not if you intentionally pack your suitcase with things you don’t need. But I have learnt now and I only pack what I need.

The weekender is great for holding all your necessities and looks for quick or long weekend away. While a backpack fits all the extras, electronics, and magazines. I never go anywhere without at least one electronic device. My phone is the main one. You can do pretty much anything and everything on it, which is great. Before my travels, I was recommended to download a service such astv anywhere, which will allow me to be able to watch all my favourite channels and shows anytime, anywhere. Comedy Central is a channel that I will be able to access, so I will definitely be watching Impractical Jokers while I am at the airport. I cannot wait. And, of course, you need a crossbody for all the walking, shopping, and exploring you’ll be doing. I don’t use this personally, but one thing my friend loves to take on holiay with her is are clear back packs. With these, they are durable and lightweight, which means you can store as many things as you like within them and they won’t feel as heavy as other bags do when they are filled. I think backpacks are just an essential for everyone when travelling. Everything is just in its place, so life is a little bit easier.

Summer Travel Packing Tips | Casual Summer Travel Outfit and Quilted Travel Bags | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Summer Travel Packing Tips | Casual Summer Travel Outfit Inspo | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

Summer Travel Packing Tips | Casual Summer Travel Outfit and Quilted Travel Bags | Louella Reese Life & Style Blog

c/o stripe swing dress | similar chambray shirt | c/o quilted crossbody bag | similar sneakers | c/o blush stone earrings | cable cuff | cable ring | c/o quilted weekender travel bag | c/o quilted navy backpack

Now, let’s dive into those summer travel packing tips and recommendations….

Pack Light, Pack Versatile

One of the best parts of packing for summer vs. winter is your items are smaller, less bulky. So that’s one way you’re immediately packing lighter come summer. But also, aim to pack exactly the number of outfits you’ll need, no extras or additional just in case. More times then not {aka 99% of the time} you won’t wear those extra looks you brought. They’ll just weigh down your bag and shoulder! Really think about what you’ll be doing on this vacation, each day, and what you’ll need specifically. This will help you pack only items you truly need and/or will actually wear.

Also, pack for versatility! Pack items you can wear with multiple looks. Items that give you options. Rather than being one and done. You can find some recommendations here from my trip recent trip to Cataloochee Ranch. I shared three skirts and three ways to style each, all with the same tops too.

Compact Your Beauty Products

This is probably a duh but either purchased travel size beauty products or purchase smaller TSA approved bottles you can put your lotions, shampoo, conditioner, etc in. This will one allow you to carry your bags rather than having to check them at the airport. And two, it’ll keep your beauty bag smaller and load lighter.

Wear Your Sneakers

Most likely these will be your biggest shoes, the ones that would take up the most room. Therefore, you should wear them rather than pack them. Plus, if you are going through the airport having on sneakers is great if gates are changed, your layover was shortened, or your gate is just SUPER far from the security line. Also, if you’re traveling via car, sneakers are great for hitting the ground running upon your arrival.

Think Comfort

Chances are you’re going to be doing a lot of walking or a lot of lounging. Therefore, comfort is key when packing. Also, most destinations for summer travel are HOT! You don’t want to be wearing something you aren’t comfortable in when you’re hot, sticky, and sweaty. Opt for pieces you feel comfortable in, don’t mind sweating in, and will work for full days of exploring and/or being in the sun.

Also, pack sneakers. Always! You’ll always be thankful you did. And by pack, I mean wear, as stated above 😉

photos by Kristen Bishop Day

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31 Comments

  1. MCKENNA wrote:

    Great tips girl! Will definitely have to use them on my upcoming vacation!

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  2. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    I need to get better and more efficient with my packing. I think I’m bringing everything and then realize I didn’t plan well. And I just can not get on board with the carry on life!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
    • For blog trips I’ve been trying everything on before, taking photos, and only packing what I’m wearing in those looks plus workout clothes and pajamas of course haha. But it has really helped me cut down on accessories and additional unnecessary items I won’t be wearing. Girl the carry on life is the best life haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  3. Mollie wrote:

    These are such great tips – I’m the queen of packing light in the summer. When it gets to a certain temp (90 and higher) I only wear like 3 things LOL I can’t stand feeling hot! Love that backpack too!

    xx Mollie

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  4. Belle wrote:

    These are great tips! I love the travel bags especially the crossbody which would let me carry all my essentials and I don’t have to carry a huge bag!

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
    • Thank you Belle! It really is the best size and since it’s quilted/fabric it can expand a little bit if needed.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  5. Cathy wrote:

    Great tips! I love your travel bags, they’re so cute!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  6. Morgan wrote:

    I mean you already know this, but I love how versatile your wardrobe is and it always seems like a breeze for you to pack up for a trip! Loving your new travel bags too!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
    • You’re so sweet! Thank you gal! I wish it was always a breeze haha but still some perfecting to do. You know Vera, she never disappoints!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  7. Sara wrote:

    The biggest thing for me is to pack things that are in the same color family/I can mix and match together to create multiple outfits! And I’m loving this easy breezy dress!

    xo, Sara

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
    • Yes! Definitely great to do that, keeps things versatile. And YES to easy breezy dresses. They are the best for summer travel.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  8. Those Vera Bradley bags are so cute! I have that weekender bag and I love it for a weekend and carry on travels! I try to pack versatile pieces of clothing, helps me pack less and smart.

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
    • Thank you Laura! Yay, glad you’re a fan of it as well! Definitely agree with you on the versatile pieces.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  9. Super cute travel accessories! Also love your tips – definitely agree with keeping comfort in mind.

    XO

    Posted 6.5.18 Reply
  10. Wearing my bulkiest shoes was such a game changer for me! It makes packing SO much easier. I also love love love your Vera Bradley picks!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  11. Kileen wrote:

    Love these tips babe! Comfort is a huge factor for me and I think it makes such a big difference!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  12. Anna English wrote:

    These bags are perfect for a quick weekend trip!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  13. These tips are perfect! I’m a total over packer so I needed this!!

    xo, Hillary | http://www.hillheady.com

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  14. Emily wrote:

    I have that weekender bag in navy & I love it! Perfect when traveling in the airport too!

    Posted 6.6.18 Reply
  15. Dana wrote:

    Loving your tips and these photos, SO gorgeous!

    The Champagne Edit

    Posted 6.7.18 Reply
  16. Angelle wrote:

    Love these tips!!!! I am all about comfort when traveling too my friend!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

    Posted 6.12.18 Reply