In my eternal quest to pack lighter and smarter, I’ve decided to undertake a post game analysis of my packing.  My hope is that by thoughtful consideration of what I packed and what I used, I will inch ever closer to packing that which I only really, truly need and will use.

Big picture, I did pretty well with my Mexico packing.  There is some definite room for improvement but I’ve certainly seen worse!  So, here’s what worked (and a little bit about what didn’t).

Any good beach vacation requires swimming suits.  I brought four.  I know, I know, overkill!  In all fairness, I rotated through three of them on a regular basis.  There were 2-3 trips to the pool or beach on a daily basis and I hate putting on a damp suit so I generally got a new one for each trip.  There were also plenty of times when I wore my swimming suit to the store or the restaurant with just a quick cover up over the top.   All in all, these suits saw a lot of wearing time.  Perhaps I’ll pare it down to three next time, though.

I brought two versatile cover ups that I adored and wore a lot.  The first is this romper from Trina Turk.  It’s a little shorter than I would normally wear at home but felt perfect for vacation.

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The second is this cover up, also from Trina Turk. IMG_1156

The picture doesn’t quite do it justice (photo credit to my daughter) but it’s loose and comfortable and just long enough to wear without anything underneath if you so choose.   The neckline gives a great peek-a-boo view of the swimsuit underneath.  It’s also pretty fabulous loosely tucked into a pair of denim shorts.  I seriously wore this every day.  And I love a piece I can wear every day.

Speaking of shorts, I brought two pairs.  I only wore one.  I wore my distressed AG Hailey shorts every single day.  I swapped out tops depending on the situation but these were well used!

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I also spent a lot of time in this great navy terry skirt which was scored last season at Anthropologie.  It was casual enough for beach walks and dressy enough for dinner.  Styled here a few different ways….

 

I brought three dresses but really lived in this fabulous piece from Amour Vert.

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It was perfect for art walks, shopping and dinners out.  A quick sweater over the top makes it warm without sacrificing style.

I also brought a pair of cozy lounge pants.  These French terry tapered pants from Cuyana saw a lot of action!

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Ditto for this fabulous top, also from Cuyana.

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This was the perfect early morning beach stroll and end of the night deck lounging top.https://www.cuyana.com/french-terry-hoodie.html?int_source=pairitwith#quartz

 

To round out the wardrobe I had a few basic tanks and tees from Amour Vert and one long sleeved shirt.  I wish that I had brought one more long sleeved option, perhaps something that buttoned or zipped up for more versatility.  I also brought one running outfit which I used four times for working out and once for zip lining.

Shoes were easy this time.  One pair of Birkenstocks in silver, one pair of flip flops (Tkees from Nordstrom) and a pair of running shoes.  I was barefoot most of the time!

Two hats got the nod and were both well used.  The sun is brutal down south!  The straw hat was a find from our Paris trip two years ago and the ball cap is a more casual option I picked up in Glacier Park last summer.

 

I love to play with accessories when I travel and undoubtedly brought more than I should have.  What I ended up wearing and loving this trip were big, dangly earrings and simple wrap bracelets.  This combo can elevate any outfit and feels fancy without trying too hard.

 

And, of course, my Ray Ban aviators.

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Nothing better than some classic shades.

And that’s a wrap.  Next time I’ll pack even smarter.