Robert Marc Sunnies - Striped Romper - Straw Clutch
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My Weekend Getaway Packing Challenge

Details:
1: Finders Keepers striped romper, also love this, this / Marc Jacobs gold sandals (currently sold out), similar here, here / Shiraleah raffia clutch, similar here  / Majorica pearl studs / Robert Marc sunnies (old), similar here, here
2: Lilly Pulitzer shift dress (almost sold out!), similar herehere, here / Sunnies (old), similar here, here Jack Rogers sandals
3: J.Crew bathing suit (almost sold out!), similar here, here / Banago straw tote, also love this, this / White Elephant Designs “Do Not Disturb” sunhat, White Elephant Designs “Out of Office” sunhat / LOFT sunglasses

This Memorial Day Weekend, I opted for a tropical girls’ trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a notorious over-packer, I challenged myself to exercise some restraint and pack only what could fit in my beach bag and a teeny-tiny duffel bag. This is no easy feat for someone who literally packs a massively overstuffed suitcase, 2 duffel bags (one stuffed with shoes, the other stuffed with who knows what), and a huge handbag stuffed with smaller handbags for a typical weekend trip just outside the city.  (Totally reasonable, right?)

With a bit of careful planning though, I ended up with exactly what I needed – and a much easier job unpacking after the trip. So, what did I bring?

On Day 1, I wore an adorable striped romper with gold, block-heeled sandals and a brightly colored raffia clutch. This outfit was perfect for both daytime exploring and late night drinks. Packing - island getaway - st. thomas - romper - stripes - straw clutch

finders keepers romper - turquoise clutch - packing for a caribbean weekend On the second day, a colorful shift dress worked both pre- and post-beach. (Seriously, what would we do without Lilly Pulitzer?!) Paired with a large straw tote,  Jack Rogers sandals, and a sunhat with bow detail (also worn here), it was perfect for any island outing.

For the beach, I brought a seersucker bathing suit, an extra pair of sunglasses, a silk cover-up, denim shorts and a white linen button-down. I brought an enormous, customized floppy sunhat too, which I wore on the plane to avoiding having to pack a larger bag. (I may have looked ridiculous, but it was a great way to get into the tropical mindset!) Win!  I also minimized my beauty routine, getting away with a TSA-friendly quart-sized ziplock bag for all makeup and skincare products.  My skincare obsession meant I couldn’t abandon my routine, so I relied on those deluxe samples that tend to accumulate. I also brought a high SPF primer, which worked as both blurring makeup and sunscreen. (La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 anti-aging primer with sunscreen to the rescue!) Standard toiletries went into a starfish-patterned case I recently purchased from the Kate Spade surprise sale (featured here).

And with that, success! For the first time, I could carry my luggage on my own – zero assistance required. No cart (or guy) necessary; no heavy lifting or bag-checking needed. Straw tote - sunglasses - clutch - beach coverup - sunhat - bow So, am I a convert? Absolutely not!  Minimizing my luggage was way more anxiety-inducing than I care to admit. I mean, what if I suddenly realized I had a gala to attend? What if I needed golf shoes? (I don’t golf for the record, but still.) Or needed to extend my stay? The “what if” list goes on and on. Frankly, I would rather pack an obscene amount just to avoid the onslaught of far-fetched scenarios from filling my head. (Don’t judge. Everyone is entitled to one solid neuroses, after all. My thing just happens to be packing!) 
packing - Style - Bathing Suits - Back of Floppy Hats - Do Not Disturb - White Elephant Designs

What I Learned

Carrying my two tiny bags into the airport and straight on the plane helped me realize that I don’t mind the usual eye rolls I receive from both travel party and airline staff when I arrive with five pieces of luggage for a long weekend. I don’t even care about the worst part of overpacking, which is clearly unpacking. I mean, it is annoying dealing with the inevitable pile of clean – albeit utterly wrinkled – clothes and smushed shoes once you are back home. But worrying about a lack of selection during the trip trumps all.

To be honest, by the time I got to St. Thomas, I was so stressed out from my little packing experiment that all I was capable of doing was drinking fruity, frozen beverages and hanging out lazily in a beach-side cabana. (My limited activity is probably why I didn’t need more outfits. 😉 ) That is how I am justifying my lazy relaxing weekend, anyway. Summer Style - Do Not Disturb Sunhat Detail At least I know that if it is truly necessary, I am indeed capable of packing like a reasonable, rational, non-obsessive adult.  I just prefer to pack like a hoarding maniac. It’s my choice. In the end, what really matters is that you enjoy your holiday, even if it requires hauling around 10 suitcases. This weekend, even without my safety net of shoes, shoes and more shoes, I had a marvelous trip. It was as low-key and lovely as a weekend in the islands should be.

What kind of packer are you? Are you a reasonable minimalist or an equally “reasonable” over-packer like me?  Either way, wishing you the happiest of travels this summer!

xo, Eva

Details:
1: Finders Keepers striped romper, also love this, this / Marc Jacobs gold sandals (currently sold out), similar here, here / Shiraleah raffia clutch, similar here  / Majorica pearl studs / Robert Marc sunnies (old), similar here, here
2: Lilly Pulitzer shift dress (almost sold out!), similar herehere, here / Sunnies (old), similar here, here Jack Rogers sandals
3: J.Crew bathing suit (almost sold out!), similar here, here / Banago straw tote, also love this, this / White Elephant Designs “Do Not Disturb” sunhat White Elephant Designs “Out of Office” sunhat LOFT sunglasses

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