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32 Essential items for any type of summer weekend getaway

Elizabeth Minett

Having modeled for years, I’m a pro when it comes to packing light for a quick work trip or relaxing mini break. Maximizing the use of a few essential items, including a statement piece, and packing appropriately to your destination are the keys to successfully packing light. So the next time you stare at that little weekend bag and think “how will I ever fit it all in,” rest assured these three tips will help you achieve the seemingly impossible packing… and check out my roundups for some fun weekend outfits.

The day to night item:

Do you ever pack unnecessary items that you never end up wearing or using? I always try to pack multi-purpose items; whether it’s a maxi dress that easily transitions from daytime casual to evening formal, or a leather jacket that’s the perfect cover-up for day or night, making extensive use of each piece is a great tip. This way you won’t clutter your suitcase with the unnecessary.

The statement piece:

Pick a special piece to pack that you will love to wear not only because it will make heads turn, but because it makes you feel special and beautiful. This way you won’t become bored with any of your multi-use items. Try a statement lipstick or shoe.

Destination appropriate:

Remember the phrase “blending in with the locals”? Having a clear vision in mind of my destination location and vibe, I can pack items that make sense. Do some research on the place your about to visit to get a feel for what people wear and the lifestyle. Wearing black in the city, or not getting too fancy in the countryside are examples of having location know-how. This way you will always feel comfortable and happy with what you packed!

Get the look: Suitcase, Superga, Statement heel, Leather jacket, Day to Night top, Sunglasses, Lipstick, Day to night bag

Get the look: Dresses, Ancient Greek Sandals, Nude Heels Aquazzura, VS white dress, Topshop evening dress, Mara Hoffman bikini, Illesteva sunglasses, One Teaspoon shorts, La Roche Posay SPF, Scarf, Dior mascara, Black crochet top, Small beach bag, Weekend bag, Arm cuff

Get the look: Boyfriend jeans, Long dress, Suitcase, Lack of color hat, Espadrilles, James Perses Jacket, Day Bag, Sunglasses, Hand chain, Anklet, Shampoo and conditioner

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