This post is sponsored by Target. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ m so excited about spending the next six days in Los Angeles and even more excited that I was selected for this How-To campaign with Target about packing light and looking fab. It took me a while to learn how to pack when traveling because I literally want to take everything with me. Which honestly isn’t practical because I end up not using half the stuff I bring. I’m glad to say that after going over the maximum luggage weight limit multiple times, I finally know how to look fashionable on vacation without bringing my entire closet. I hope my pointers are able to help you to not only avoid having to unpack at the airport, but also to try new things when it comes to your style, techniques and the products you use.
For this trip, I wanted to get a few new things to wear so I hit up Target because it’s one of my favorite places to shop. I love that I can go to Target before my vacation and pick up toiletries, snacks, magazines, clothes and accessories. Target almost always has something I want in their women’s department because they have a great selection of trendy and affordable items to refresh my style each season.
How-To: Travel Light & Right
Before I start packing, I count how many days I will be going away; this helps me estimate how many outfits I need to plan. Then I check the weather forecast where I will be going. Lastly, I think about what I will be doing during my vacation (i.e. beach, sightseeing, etc.) to help me determine what kind of shoes and clothes to bring.
Since I will be doing a lot of sightseeing in LA, comfort is key. I packed a bunch of jeans, sneakers, loose tops and a cute romper because that’s what I feel most comfortable in. I’ve been tracking the weather and it’s in the low to mid 70’s so I definitely need a few jackets. Selecting pieces that are versatile and neutral is essential when you want to pack light because you don’t want to take a bunch of things you will only wear once. On my last run to Target, I bought this denim jacket by Merona because I knew it would look great with almost any outfit – maxi dress, jeans, skirt or shorts. I found this pleated skirt in the Who What Wear section at Target and I thought it would be perfect for a dinner date. I opted to drape the denim jacket over this look to give it a different vibe.
Santa Monica Beach is on my list of places to visit so I packed a swimsuit, beach bag and sandals. I’ve been on the hunt for a straw beach bag and of course Target had this adorable two-toned straw beach bag, just what I was looking for! It’s the perfect size for my beach towel, change of clothes, sunblock and snacks (I always have to walk around with snacks).
I’m very keen on skincare, so my facial and body products go with me everywhere. It’s super important to protect your skin from the sun, especially your face. This Neutrogena oil-free facial moisturizer is great because it’s lightweight and has SPF 15. Another great way to protect your face from the sun’s harmful rays is to use a foundation that has SPF and wear a oversized floppy hat.
Once I have all of my outfits set, I start folding each item as compact as possible and place it neatly into my suitcase. I like to keep all of my toiletries in a separate bag within my suitcase just in case something bursts. To avoid the extra weight, I purchase travel-size products and I bring samples of shampoos, conditioners, hair serums, perfumes and lotions. Another little tip is to wear your heaviest shoes and jacket/handbag on travel day so you don’t have to pack them.
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