Packing Light

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Ah, the warm breeze of summer. That glorious smell of carefree abandon and adventure. What’s that? You’re stuck at the airport, trying to finagle your full luggage set onto the island’s only prop boat?

When it comes to hopping around exotic locations or traipsing across the tundra, it’s best to leave the overloaded bags at home. Packing light is an art, but its true mastery requires nothing more than a little pre-planning and a solid dose of restraint.

Start with your itinerary. Planning on doing some sightseeing? These Alloway Studded Bow flats will keep you on your feet all day long without inciting any angry blisters. Slip ‘em in your bag with your most tried and true of daywear. Worn-in denim, cotton tees, and linen dresses chart the top of our list.

Sunglasses, swimsuits, and an easy read or two are obvious must-haves for beachy locales, but don’t neglect to factor in stronger sunrays. You may want to work a wide-brimmed hat into your island look.

Once the daytime activities are covered, turn a well-trained smoky eye toward the night. A small toiletry bag packed with your essential styling products will go a long way in complementing your post-sunset attire. Salsa dancing, midnight strolls down cobblestone streets, bonfires down on the sand – choose a pair of evening shoes that are both comfortable and stylish like the Hedy espadrille wedge for her and our Lewiston moccasin for him.

Your vacation high might get you a little wired, but that isn’t likely to replace your more tangible electronic impulses. iPods, iPads, GoPros, and their requisite chargers are easy to forget but hard to get over.

What are you waiting for? Pare down that packing list, abandon the excess, and adventure away!