With the official start of summer just around the corner, many people are currently looking forward to a summer vacation in July or August. You’ve worked hard over the last year, and you deserve this time to relax and explore new places. Whether you’re driving to the lake town two hours away or planning a train journey through Asia, what and how you pack will play a huge role in how seamless and enjoyable your trip is. As a tailor in Cape May County, we’ve helped many customers prepare outfits for their vacations, so we thought we’d put together this guide to packing for your summer vacation. We hope this information proves to be useful during your travels!
- Repeat staples: When packing, many people tend to pack an entire outfit for each day. Packing that way can take up a lot of suitcase space quickly, and there’s a much easier way to do it. Remember that there likely will be opportunities to wash your clothes on the road, and pack items that can work for a number of different days and situations.
- Expect the unexpected: Everybody has a vacation story about the tropical island trip that turned into a week spent inside the hotel because of a storm. When packing, you should remember to hope for the best and plan for the worst. That means it’s time to roll up both your raincoat and your bikini.
- Remember a formal option: Even if your plan is to laze around the beach for two weeks, you should always have at least one outfit on hand that could work for a formal dinner or event, just in case you get invited to one by a new friend or get the urge to try the best restaurant in town. Have your local dry cleaner and tailor in Cape May County make sure the outfit is clean, pressed and ready to go, and then pack it very carefully.
- Roll instead of folding: Here’s a simple packing tip that has saved many a traveler from needing to check a second bag: roll, don’t fold. Pants, sweaters, and shirts all take up significantly less space when rolled, can be stacked on top of each other easily, and tend to collect fewer wrinkles. Trust us, you’ll be glad you used this packing method.
- Layer, layer, layer: Just like location is the number one rule for real estate, layering is the dressing method of choice for travelers all over the globe. When you’re out and about taking in new sights, tastes and sounds, the last thing you should have to worry about is being uncomfortably cold or warm. Pack outfits with multiple layers, and you’ll be free to enjoy your new experiences.
- Leave space: It may be tempting to stuff your suitcase to the point where it barely zips, but you’ll fare better by being more realistic. There’s a good chance you’ll be bringing home new souvenirs or impulse clothing buys, so leave a little room in your luggage for these late additions.
For more tips on ensuring you’ve prepared the right clothing for your trip, stop in and see us at Court House Cleaners. We hope you enjoy your summer vacation!