I love vacations. My husband starts getting cranky if he has yet to take one, I become annoyed with the same routine, and my daughter starts asking for a pool or a beach almost daily. Since becoming parents, we’ve traveled more and to more places than we ever did when it was just the two of us. We enjoyed three great vacations last year alone, two of which were beachside. This year we are planning something smaller and a bit close to home now that our party of three has just become a party of four. With the baby still so small and our 4-year-old already bugging to wear her swimsuit, we’ve decided upon a short road trip to a fabulous little town with a bed and breakfast and a small beach: Lake Geneva, the Hamptons of Chicago, if you will. I want to be comfortable but still stylish as we would arrive early enough to walk around town, enjoy a nice lunch, and possibly take a boat trip. I also want to pack as little as possible, as Pampers and strollers take priority seating in our small SUV. Here are some great and stylish travel looks to pack on a small getaway for the whole family inspired by my upcoming mini vacation. And the best part? You can mix and match the items to save on room.
Packing up classic styles are a must, especially ones you can mix and match. If just a short weekend getaway, pack one or two comfortable shoes. Always pack at least one dress; even the most casual of dresses can be fancied up if need be with a swipe of bold lipstick.
hoodie, J. Crew $98 | chinos, Gap $42 | boat shoes, Sperry Top-Sider $150 | button up, J. Crew $90 | short, Brooks Brothers $75 | belt, Gap $25 | t-shirt, Club Monaco $45 | loose trouser, Zara $80 | shoes, Toms $59
Pack pieces that work well together for your partner-in-crime as well. Be sure to keep even your casual looks a bit more stylish by adding color and prints like gingham and stripes. Do not forget comfort is key when it comes to shoes; boat shoes and Toms are great for walking. My husband has not put down his Sperry Top-Sider shoes since he bought them because they are that comfortable.
For my daughter, I always have to bring something comfortable and something I do not mind her getting dirty in, so affordable is key. She also loves to mix and match or in her case, mismatch, so I try to pack items in like colors in case she wants to mix up her looks.
For Baby Boys:
Who ever said boys are not as fun to shop for as girls obviously doesn’t have boys. These fun little outfits are interchangeable and very fashion-forward. Be sure to bring two extra looks and enough socks and onsies in case they get a bit dirty, as boys always do.
Is your family planning any fun getaways or a cozy staycation this year?