A week before lift-off, I start selecting nominees for Wardrobe Most Likely to Travel. I hang the contenders out in my room, so I’ll see them every day. By trip-time, I know who makes the cut and who stays home.
Yoga tights always make it into the suitcase. Or better yet, I save space in my bag, and wear them on the plane. They work well for yoga classes, knocking around and surfing. Yes, you can surf in yoga tights! They keep your legs from chafing on the surfboard and they look pretty cool.
I organize all my clothes using packing cubes in different colors so I can easily find my shirts or dresses, socks or underwear. I go for the most comfortable, easy to pack fabrics and roll my clothes burrito-style to avoid wrinkles. If you use a wheelie, put the heaviest stuff closest to the wheels. That way it will stand up at the airport and hotel lobby.
I also love to bring a few wet bags for returning home with wet swimsuits and laundry.
Leave your fancy shoes at home. Wear comfortable shoes on the plane, but flip-flops are the shoe of choice for dusty roads leading to the beach. Beach towels are bulky to pack and most resorts will provide a fresh one every day. Pack a lightweight sarong instead. These do the job well and can double as a tablecloth or lightweight cover-up. A sun hat is a must-have once you reach sunny weather, but if don’t want to hassle with it on the plane ride, choose a flexible hat like that can be packed into your carry-on.
And save a little room in your bag for purchases you make while on surf safari. You never know what you might find.
PRO TIP: Make sure there’s ID on all your bags and remove baggage claim tags from your last trip. Imagine– you at Las Olas and your luggage in Atlanta? Why chance it?