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How to prepare for summer travel

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 04/2019

Designing interior space starts with good planning and I use the same approach when I travel. Research should start early so the adventure you are on is as free of stress as possible.
Research the state or country for what you want to see, the weather and where you want to dine, then wrap up your plan, pack and GO!
Many people say they do not know how to pack.
Don’t panic. Here are my tips from many years of travel.
What kind of travel are you planning? Business, visits to family, sightseeing, beach vacation?
What are the nighttime events and what weather should you expect?

What to wear? I love to travel and have tried many approaches when it comes time to pack.
Choose one outfit per day so you don’t over pack, a common problem, some advise.
This approach didn’t work for me as I always end up mixing and matching depending upon mood and weather changes. But think out what goes with what and limit yourself.
I narrow down a color pallet and select a few accent colors that work for me so I don’t over pack. Examples are black and white and gray with purple and orange accents. I like a few pattern tops and scarves that give an outfit “edge.” Another color combo is jeans and white, light gray with coral and green accents. Make sure you choose clothes that do not wrinkle easily.
I love jackets, shoes and purses and a color pallet helps me narrow my choices.

I avoid taking lots of jewelry and accessories as I have noticed I only wear half. I only pick jewelry that goes with my clothing choices, mixing gold and silver and a couple of earrings and necklaces.

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I like to have a bag with tops like blouses and T-shirts, a bag with bottoms, like shorts, jeans, skirts, a bag with dresses, a bag for lingerie, sleepwear and socks. If I’m going to the beach I have one bag with all beachwear including swimsuits, cover-ups, towels, hats (that fold) and a bag for jackets and coats.
When we travel we share a suitcase. We each use a different bag set so we know whose is whose.

Other Tips: 
Fold clothes to make more luggage room and reduce wrinkling.
Do not fully utilize all the space. Leave breathing room for souvenirs and laundry,
Bag all toiletries in Ziploc bags to avoid spillage.
Pack an extra outfit in your carry-on, especially traveling internationally.

Travel is the best. I love it for the food, adventure, the break from routine, meeting people and learning new cultures. I’m always counting the days until
my next adventure.

Picks from spring break trip to Hong Kong 

Stanley Beach
Fishing Village, Tai O

Hong Kong Ferry

Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery
Hong Kong Park

Harbor City
Big Buddha, Lantau


April 2019 trip to Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

Yacht Club, Sunny Isles Beach 

Miami Beach
Jacqueline,  will you marry me?

Miami Beach Boardwalk, Mid-Beach

 Have I put you in the mood to travel? Have fun!



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