Half the battle of getting yourself to an island vacation is packing your suite case. Forget having to work overtime for the last 3 months in order to pay for that hefty plane ticket, or even needing that 9 am cocktail to hoist yourself into your seat without a panic attack. No, those things are all easy when comparing them to the week prior to leaving. The weather is unpredictable, so naturally you have to pack one outfit for each day in case it decides to monsoon. Who knows if you’re going to have this burst of spontaneity and want to go clubbing one night because you’re going to need a pair of heels if that happens. Maybe you’re going to meet your foreign mystery man who’s going to sweep you off your feet and bring you to the highest rated restaurant in the area, which is going to call for your best jewelry. Now when you wake up from this day dream you’ve been having instead of packing, you realize that you need a couple cute outfits, bathing suits, and maybe just one “in case” outfit if this trip turns out to produce a Prince Charming. Other than that, you’re suitcase should be filled of just the basics.
- Jean shorts, bathing suit, and a flowy-top
If you’re going on an island vacation, you’re probably going to spend most of your time on a beach. You want to be comfortable, but you also want to look cute when you get up to go to happy hour at the pool-side bar. You can’t go wrong with wearing your bathing suite (for practical reasons) and brining a pair of jean shorts and a flowly shirt as a cover up. Keep it light, keep it simple. It’s better than a T-shirt and also a step up from a beach cover-up.
- A jumpsuit
If you’re with your family, your nights out will probably consist of large family dinners downtown. If you’re with your girls however, things could get wild. A jumpsuit serves both purposes. You can dress them up or dress them down with jewelry and your choice of shoes, but they’re a must-bring on your island vacation.
- Jeans and a halter top
Another outfit that can go in any direction, packing a pair of Veronica M pants for nighttime is one of the best packing moves you can make. Depending on your shirt choice, you can make this a bar outfit, a “family-photo-on-the-beach” outfit, or just a casual dinner outfit. Being comfortable is the first priority, and looking good comes in a close second.
- Maxi dresses
Maxi dresses are one of the most comfortable and potentially fancy outfits you can have. Another plus is that they’ll fold well and take up very little space in your suite case. They’re especially nice on an island because the humidity and winds are usually unpredictable. With a maxi dress, you don’t have to constantly worry about a Marilyn Monroe stunt, and you definitely won’t get that sticky uncomfortable feeling when it’s too hot in jeans.
- The I-don’t-care-what-I-look-like outfit
Towards the end of your trip, you’re not going to care how good you look anymore. You’re probably going to be bloated with alcohol, stuffed up to your nose with food, and just swollen from the lack of exercise. Do yourself a favor and pack yourself a pair of comfy gym shorts and a decent t-shirt. Your last day on the beach is going to be a heck of a struggle and wearing a pair of button shorts will only make you cry. Sometimes it’s just what has to happen.
Make a checklist of all the things you need before you go, and double check it for realistic choices. Don’t worry girls, we’re all the same.