Two weeks before I left on my trip to Bali, I realized how ill prepared I actually was for a tropical adventure. My usual trips involve cities and meetings and I rarely find myself carrying a swimsuit. Packing for a location that is humid and sunny can be quite liberating for your suitcase – no heels, no sweaters and no thick jackets to weigh it down. This was the first time I was not concerned that I was overweight checking in – in fact, if it was not for my souvenirs I probably could have used just a hand carry. Here is my resort packing list:
- The Carry-on: A fantastic tropical voyage deserves a vintage inspired carry on. Rather than attempting to stuff an old backpack consider the appropriately named Voyageur collection from Steamline Luggage. Made from leather, the luggage is both lightweight and durable to protect those last minute fragile finds. Guaranteed to inspire a stylish journey.
- Maxi dress: Dresses play double duty as they take care of both a top and bottom. They are perfect for beach side dinners, upscale casual weddings and even that jaunt through a market. A maxi dress epitomizes glamour without being over the top. This silk georgette halter dress from Meagan Ollari is hand beaded and embroidered adding some sparkle and shine to your outfit.
- One piece swimsuit: A very chic solid color one piece can serve as a body suit at night under jeans or a skirt, allowing you save even more room in your carry on. The traditional maillot is a tank style, but even the strapless swimsuit would work well. This is a well fitting ERES suit with classic detailing.
- Wide brim hat: The sunrays can be quite strong and you need to protect your skin with sunscreen and by wearing a hat. This Born+Made wide brim is both stylish and functional. With an option to customize, it’s a fun way to make a statement.
- Flat sandals: As much as I toyed with the fact of packing heels on this trip, I decided to leave them at home. Between the beach and the uneven payment – I thought it would be a safety hazard. These Nina flat sandals have a laser cut rose accent to dress up and dress down.
- Hair Treatment: I have thick hair and with the humidity, the coats of mosquito repellant and sunscreen you end up smelling like a tropical fruit medley of the sorts. I found Christophe Robin’s Hair Finish Lotion with Sage Lotion a great way to freshen up the mane. It uses vinegar to help dissolve lime scale, sebum and other chemical residues. The fragrance has notes of citrus, clove, vetiver and white musc and can also be used on the skin as a moisturizing spray.
- Travel hairdryer: With voltage fluctuating as you travel and sub-par hair dryers available in hotel bathrooms, this mini version of Amika’s bestselling original dryer is perfect for on-the-go styling. Its tourmaline-infused ceramic components that emit far-infrared heat and negative ions to eliminate frizz and deliver smooth style. It weighs less than a pound and includes a miniature airflow concentrator and diffuser, not to mention – it’s cute design.
- USB charger: The heat often tampers with longevity of your phone battery and while you may want to go off the grid – you never know when a photo op might arise. Here is a stylish LDR charger that can clip on to your bag so it will not stray away.