This weekend I took a trip to Palm Springs to my favorite resort, The Parker Palm Springs.
The Parker has a rich history, once owned by Gene Autry it is now one of the last great American country club style resorts.
While lounging in my hammock on their lush grounds I was hit (actually slapped) with a sudden realization. Many people just aren’t aware that there is an art to packing for a vacation! You can’t just throw your favorite pieces into a suitcase and hope for the best. It takes time and planning to look your best while away.
I witnessed several women making the classic mistake of not “understanding” where they were.
Palm Springs has a very chic relaxed resort feel to it.
Think easy chic styles like Tory Burch and Trina Turk with tunic tops, linens and sundresses. Its hot AND haute there!
As I swayed back and forth sipping my cocktail I watched tragic packing mistake after tragic packing mistake walk by. The most memorable was an otherwise chic uptown gal wobbling around the dirt paths on the hotel grounds in a Herve Leger dress with her Louboutin heels scraping and grinding in the gravel. (Let me clarify: while this look is stunning and perfect in the setting of a Las Vegas nightclub or a cocktail party in Manhattan , it is not appropriate nor is it comfortable for an afternoon at a country club style resort).
A jaunty butler then passed by and refilled my cocktail.
I sighed and thought to myself “A little research and careful packing planning would have saved that poor uptown girl so much grief- not to mention the repair bill she’ll have to put out on those scuffed Louboutins!”
Packing for a getaway can be stressful, I get it- especially with airlines charging you for every little thing you pack- but you don’t want to fall into the classic mistake of packing items that are inappropriate for the environment you will be visiting.
Arriving at a destination only to look around and realize that everything you brought is an #epicfail leaves you feeling uncomfortable, awkward and just plain unhappy. Who wants that on vacation!
It pays to know the culture of the place you are visiting. You don’t want to overdress OR under dress.
Do a little research on whether its tropical or urban, posh or outdoorsy, sophisticated or relaxed. Check the weather! Will you be indoors or out? Does the temperature drop after dark?
You also need to consider the activities you will be participating in. Are you hiking, laying poolside ,dining, shopping, sailing, going to an event, a concert?
Here are a few of my packing tips:
- Remember on any good getaway you will be doing a variety of things so pack pieces that can serve multiple purposes. A maxi dress is great because you can put it on with sandals for early cocktails and then add jewels and heels to dress it up for a relaxed chic evening.
- Another thing many people forget is a tote for the pool. I actually saw a woman lounging this weekend with her Louis Vuitton bag next to her at the pool! No way! I would be a nervous wreck!
- Make sure to bring a cover-up or wrap for over your swimwear. Most resorts frown upon guests walking through the hotel without a covering and a robe is just too hot and too bulky!
- Wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles. Your clothing was in a suitcase. No matter how carefully you packed it is going to be wrinkled. Bring a travel steamer. This will become your best friend. There are several brands out there but THE only one I recommend is from Jiffy Steamer.