Last summer I promised myself that every time we visited the neighborhood pool I’d get my hair wet. And not only that—I’d do it by way of “jumping” (stepping) offer the diving board. Imagine me, a 37-year-old woman with a goal in line next 12-year-olds doing back flips on repeat. Terrifying. But looking back, it was one of the most important things I did for myself that summer because it was about nothing else but pure, unadulterated joy. And with the promise of spring (and spring travel!) up ahead, I’m more than ready to play.
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The only thing that gets me more excited than the actual act of traveling is packing the perfect bag. Maybe you feel the same way—packing is a game to be won. The mission? Pack exactly what’s necessary, wear every single thing you pack, and leave a little room to bring back something new. I cannot tell you the JOY I feel from coming home with a suitcase full of worn clothes. It’s almost as good as jumping (stepping) off the diving board.
At the heart of every spring packing list is the swimsuit. Winter is OVER, people. It’s time to live a little and make it count. Essentially, it’s time to get your hair wet. Depending on your destination, your entire wardrobe can (and I’d argue, should) revolve around your swimsuit. From a jaunt to the desert where the most fabulous pools await, to a beach getaway where the sand beckons, to an escape to the lakehouse where you enter your “I’m on a boat” era—no matter where you choose to take a dip, here’s what to pack for your spring getaway.
How to Choose Spring Travel Outfits
So you’ve pulled out the suitcase—what now? The best way to pack for a spring trip is to pack by outfit. Simply grabbing, say, three bottoms and three tops won’t necessarily work here. But if you piece everything together so you know how the items will combine before you even take off, you’re setting yourself up for success.
Once you have your spring travel outfits, lay them all out so you can see your collection as a whole before it goes in the bag. Think about the activities, the weather, and any situation which might require a specific outfit. Do you need something to hike in? Something for a nice dinner? Lounge-wear 24/7? Is it going to be chilly at night? Check all your boxes before the clothes even go in the suitcase.
Poolside ‘Fits Featuring The Only Swimsuit You Need
Most spring trips are going to involve some type of water, so let’s talk about that beach (or lake or pool) ‘fit. First up, the suit. Long touted as “the internet’s favorite swimsuit,” Summersalt’s designer-quality suits are our favorite options for swimwear. The quality is unmatched and each suit is created to move with you and your unique body. Truly—Summersalt literally referenced 1.5 million measurements from 10,000 real women to create the world’s most flattering swimwear. But while there is no “one suit fits all,” The Sidestroke in particular is some kind of magic. It’s functional, fashionable, and comes in various colors in sizes 0-24. And best of all, the price point makes it easy to order more than one when you just can’t decide. In fact, we’ve selected our favorite Summersalt picks for your spring vacay and you can use the code CAMILLE10 for $10 towards a purchase of $95 or more!
In addition to the swimsuit, you’re going to need a versatile cover-up, a pair of shoes, and accessories. Thanks to Summersalt, there’s an outfit for every type of waterside retreat. Let’s kick it off with the beach:
What to Pack for a Spring Beach Getaway
Sandals // Cat Eye Sunglasses // Scarf Pony // Beach Bag // Paper Clip Necklace // Super Serum Skin Tint with SPF // Freckle Pain
An Oversized White Button-Up Shirt
Is a simple white button-up shirt the most perfect cover-up? We’d argue YES. The look is trés chic plus, it’s perfect for a trip because it’s a multi-functional piece that goes from the beach to the local farmers’ market to sunset dinner with ease.
The Perfect Boyfriend Shirt by Summersalt
What to Pack for a Desert Road Trip
Wrap Sandal // Packable Hat // Cream Blush // Beaded Fringe Earrings
A White Bikini with Great Coverage
A white bikini is always chic—but if the quality is bad then it’s not at ALL practical. That’s why Summersalt’s white plunge top and high-leg bottoms are big wins by us. The fabric is thick (aka, not see-through) and it’s comfortable to boot.
The Plunge Bikini Top and High Leg Mid Rise Bikini Bottom by Summersalt
What to Pack for a Lakehouse Escape
lake house image via Airbnb
Sandals // Paloma Sun Hat // St. Louis Classic Sunglasses // Bold Pearl Pendant Necklace // Vitamin Infused Blush
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