So you booked a two week trip to Alaska, you’ll be there at the end of July/ early August, you have lots of adventures planned but you don’t want to look like a total bum on your vacation and you can only bring one medium sized suitcase. What do you pack? What do you leave behind? How do you decide?
I started off by considering weather and activities.
The weather in Alaska in July and August can vary drastically from hour to hour, but it’s approximately 16-20 degrees Celsius during the day and can drop as low as 10 degrees at night! Since that’s pretty chilly I ruled out my lightest dresses, rompers and short outfits right away.
Before I began packing I printed out a copy of my itinerary and pulled out all of my favourite clothes (that I thought might be appropriate for the activities/weather in Alaska) and dumped them onto my bedroom floor. Then, using the itinerary as a guide, I started to assemble weather and activity appropriate outfits for each day. I know that lots of people just bring a bunch of single items that can be thrown together with a number of other single items, but I can’t do that. Growing up my mom always bought our clothes in ‘outfits’ and so when we went on trips we’d pack ‘outfits’ for each day. I haven’t been able to shake that mentality about clothes- and I don’t want to! It makes packing SO easy!
I packed two outfits for each day- one for the daytime and one for the nighttime! Most of my daytime outfits for this trip consist of some sort of athletic bottom (either Lululemon shorts or capris), a tank top and a sweater. David and I have lots of adventures planned for our vacation- hiking, fishing, glacier climbing etc.- and so even though I love the idea of wearing cute dresses/rompers/blouses during the day, I know it wont happen! Since it's chilly at night I chose evening wear that could be layered and I chose not to bring anything TOO dressy! Chances are I won't feel like getting super dolled up after 6 hours on a fishing boat or 4 hours of hiking.
In addition to outfits I do bring a few separates- neutral tank tops, an extra hoodie, an extra pair of jeans and an extra two tops- just in case I don't feel like wearing one of the outfits I've packed when I get there.
The next step is deciding on footwear! Obviously I'm brining running shoes (2 pairs actually, one for everyday use and one for times I know I'm going to get muddy), I'm bringing one pair of heels for dinners out, one pair of cute sandals (for shopping etc.) and one pair of casual beach flip flops! It was really hard saying 'no' to extra shoes that I might end up wearing once but David kept reminding me that if I have extra space in my suitcase it means I have space to bring NEW THINGS home! ;) He gets me!
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