Packing for a trip that is both active and fancy is a difficult job. It requires a wide variety of apparel and a lot of forethought. My trip to Newport Beach, California for the Tone It Up Retreat required me to pack for a wide array of outdoor physical activities and a fancy dinner each night. This was definitely new to me, as most of my trips require mostly active wear and maybe a casual outfit for dinner or the bar with friends. I didn’t mind it though! I am a compulsive lister and I love preparing for travel! To save you the time of planning what to throw together for a similar trip, here is a list of all the things I found necessary, and links to specific items that I own.
Carry-On Tote or Backpack:
- Travel Documents: Boarding Pass, Wallet & ID, Health Insurance Card, Luggage ID if you are checking your suitcase.
- Electronics: Cell Phone, Tablet, Laptop (if necessary), Headphones, Camera, Chargers, Speaker Box
- Misc Items: Sunglasses, Healthy Snack, Lip Balm, Neck Pillow, Eye Mask, Ear plugs, Mints, Hand Sanitizer
- Beauty: Makeup, Makeup remover, Brush, Hair Products, Blow Dryer/Hair Tools, Rubber bands & bobby pins.
- Toiletries: Toothbrush/toothpaste, Floss, Shampoo/Conditioner, Face Wash, Deodorant, Sunscreen, Lotion, Razor, Medication, Advil.
Outfits & Attire:
- Active Wear:
- Sporty Swimsuit & Cute Swimsuit
- Easy Dry Shorts & Tank for SUP
- Capris, Sports Bra, and Top for Friday activities (bike, hike, bootcamp)
- Capris, Sports Bra, and Top for Saturday activities (bike, hike, bootcamp)
- Leggings and yoga wear for Sunday morning yoga
- Snapback hat
- Packable Day-pack
- Evening Wear:
- Thursday Poolside Dinner: Maxi Skirt and Crop Top
- Friday Beach Dinner: Fancy Shorts and an off-the-shoulders Top, bring Leather Jacket.
- Saturday Gala Dinner: Fun & Fancy Mini Dress with Heels.
- Airport To & From: Jeans, T-shirt, Boots, Jacket.
- Running Shoes
- Flips Flops
- 3 pairs socks
- Wristlet Purse for parties
My everywhere shoe formula is to wear boots to the airport, then pack trainers, flip flops/flats, and heels in your suitcase top. Never need more than that.
I always pack a carry-on when I’m not skiing. I’ve had bags lost so many times that I just make it mandatory. I guarantee that you will never need more on a weekend (or even 2 week trip) than what you can fit in your carry-on. It will require you to pack smarter and put forethought into your outfits so that you don’t have to spend time on your travels choosing what to wear.
I like to pack a “packable” duffle bag (it tucks inside itself into a pocket) on trips where I know I might be shopping or receiving gear in case I’m coming back with too many things to pack in my carry-on.