In my twenties when going on a trip I over packed bringing enough for five times the length of my stay. I packed what I needed, what I thought I might need and what I wanted to have on hand just in case times two. Over the years my packing for trips has been streamlined but I still want to be prepared. . .
Which means depending on the type of trip I will be bringing a few extra things just in case. I recently had back to back vacations; one to a family reunion and the other to a class reunion. Both trips were at the beach yet the packing was different. Like your goal dictates your training the occasion will dictate your packing.
Family reunion beach trip
Scenario #1: you haven’t stuck to your nutritional plan and the start of the summer has you 5 – 10# over where you’d like to be. It’s hot and sultry beach weather and the style is casual. Lots of flip flop dresses. They’re cute, comfy, casual and they will cover and flatter the hips and tummy. My mainstay when not at my leanest. A few pair of my baggier shorts paired with loose and flowy tops. Tankinis and bikins with boy short bottoms along with snazzy cover ups. Basic beach supplies and food if you’re eating in. Needs are simple, supplies minimal — we’re all set.
Scenario 2: you’ve stuck to your nutritional plan and the start of summer has you at an ideal weight or maybe even rocking a six pack. It’s still hot, the style’s still casual but you’re gonna flaunt it a little or a lot. It’s shorts baby, dig out your daisy dukes, string bikinis and crop tops. The sun is going to shine on you. Throw in the basic beach supplies and food and you’re all set.
Whether you’re at your leanest or not will again dictate the styles you bring but a special event such as a class reunion, work gala or something where beyond casual will require more packing. You’re not sure what the other women will wear. Does it matter. Uh, yea. How dressy or casual will the event actually be? Those terms are vague at best.
At the class reunion we had a ‘beach casual night’ on Thursday and Friday with a ‘dress up’ night on Saturday but the interpretation of that can vary greatly. For the first night’s dinner I deliberated between shorts and capris or slacks. Knowing that it was a 50th class reunion I doubted many would be sporting short shorts. I brought both and opted for the capris the first night. Perfect choice. After seeing how most were dressed and getting a feel the slacks I brought for Friday night with the halter top fit right in.
For the dress up night I brought a cute little dress and just in case it ended up not being that dressy I brought a back up pair of slacks and cute top. Now with the dress — high heels or low? That can dress it up or down slightly and depending on the venue one may be better than the other. Better to bring both and be prepared. The dress won out with the low heels since the beach club had a planked deck. This trip required more than a few changes of outfits and two shoe bags.
Pre packing for any trip is key and will save you time and the stress of not having the right things in your arsenal . The weekend before the trip I lay out everything I could possibly need on the bed in my guest room. Each item is organized into piles i.e. workout clothes, evening wear, day wear, shoes, accessories and any other necessary items. Then throughout the week I will visit the guest room after some thought and narrow down the items until I get to a reasonable amount.
This has worked well for me over the years. One other consideration is whether you are flying or driving. When flying I streamline it even more. Driving allows the luxury of being able to take a little more just in case. And luggage carts and someone to haul the stuff for you comes in handy too!