Pack That Thang Up

I like to consider myself a globetrotter (though not of the Harlem variety…I’m not particularly good at handling a basketball while moving, let alone performing tricks with flair). What I’ve learned through all of my travels is that one of the most useful skills you can have is to be an efficient packer. Well, maybe being multilingual would be the absolute MOST useful skill. Or having a good sense of direction. Or being able to sleep on planes, trains and automobiles. But whatever already, get to the point lady! 

The point is this. If you want to avoid checking in a bag at the airport and all of the anxiety that comes with it (will they or won’t they get my bag to Thailand on the same flight as me so that I have clean clothes to wear the first day of my honeymoon), then you have to be a bit more discriminating about what makes the cut.

I like to approach packing with a problem/solution mindset because I was born with a Type A personality, and that’s just how I do things (so stop judging me, Judgy McJudgerson!). Case-in-point, I’m heading down south for a week of getting sand in my butt and some much-needed time to visit with my family. Before I move on, let me be clear that I really do love being at the beach and relaxing. However, it does present some logistical challenges that require preparation. 

Read on for my list to end all lists, along with les essentiels that can solve for these first-world packing problems.

 

Problem

So humid…so, so humid. And I have wavy (read: frizzy) hair 

Solution

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Olivine Sea Salt spray helps me achieve beachy waves so that I don’t look like I’m channeling Einstein’s greatest hair hits. 


Problem

Suntan lotion sometimes comes out looking chalky on my skin tone…not a good look for anyone who isn’t, say, a mime.

Solution

Why look ghostly when you can glow instead? Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with spf is my favorite twofer…sun protection AND it evens out my complexion. 


Problem

My hair is REALLY black. It gets so hot under the sun that you can fry an egg on it (but don’t you ever try this if you see me, I do not take kindly to having eggs cracked over my head).

Solution

Covering up with a hat usually does the trick. Except when the hat is too small because I have an unusually large noggin for most normal-sized dome toppers. In which case, I should clarify that I need a BIG hat, like this one from J. Crew.


Problem

I get bored of just “laying out”, I need some sort of stimulation that doesn’t involve Facebook or Instagram.

Solution

Remember books? I mean actual books, not ones that come in an e-Reader. I’m all up on this page turner called S. Pick it up now, thank me later. 


Problem

It’s not a nude beach.

Solution

I’m no exhibitionist, a bathing suit is in order to keep things PG. 


Problem

Squinting in the sun can lead to wrinkles.

Solution

The perfect pair of sunnies are not only functional for protecting your eyes, some studies suggest they may make you hotter (see this New York magazine article

 

 

And there you have it. For any problem that isn’t listed here, I’ve heard that duct tape will usually do the trick. Happy packing!