This weekend we’re heading up to the mountains for a weekend with the kids, including a lot of husband’s side of the family. It never ceases to amaze me at how much preparation and ‘stuff’ comes along with traveling with kids, so I have a lot to get ready in the next couple days before we go. One thing I have learned from experience is that as long as I load up on enough snacks to feed about 100 children we just might survive the car ride. 🙂
To keep things simple (at least for myself) I created a mini travel capsule from my summer wardrobe. These 9 items will be more than enough to get me through the weekend.
I probably won’t need all of these outfits, because I imagine at least one full day will be spent at the huge outdoor hot springs pool. But, I figure when traveling with kids a backup outfit or two is a good idea if (more like, when) I have a run in with spilled food, spit up, or grubby hands.
What I’m Packing (and why):
The maxi dress is an easy option for day or evening in the summer – it can stand alone or be layered with a tank or chambray to create a different look. The two tanks are comfortable and cool and mix and match with both of the bottoms. The linen pants are super comfortable for a travel day, but also cool enough to give me another option besides shorts. They also travel well since I don’t have to worry about wrinkles. The denim shorts made the cut more because they’re best for traveling and doing kid-friendly activities on the trip. If it were an adult only trip I would swap these out for my cream lace shorts. The chambray is a super versatile option for layering if the hotel or any restaurants are cool. I went with two options for sandals because each brings a different vibe to an outfit. And finally the fedora for practical purposes, but also to add some up-styling to these simple pieces.
I selected a neutral color palette with solid prints, but I could easily add in a fun print pair of shorts and swap one of the tanks for a brighter color and have a completely different looking travel capsule.
Updated: What I Really Wore
Friday and Monday Travel Days:
I wore the linen pants, striped tank, and Birkenstocks for our drive both out and back. I don’t like to wear shorts on long car rides (hello, legs sticking to leather seats), so this was comfortable, easy, and warm enough in the A/C.
Friday Out to Dinner:
I wore the maxi dress with the striped tank layered over it to create a different look. The width of the shoulders of the dress was wider than I had expected compared to the tank, but I went with it anyway. I tied up the tank to give the outfit more shape.
Saturday Breakfast and Monday Early Morning Walk:
I didn’t wear this outfit for a long time either day, it was more just something I threw on quickly in the morning as we were heading out of the hotel to eat before going to the pool for the day. Each morning, Brynn woke up super early, so on Monday it was my turn to take her out for an early morning walk around town so everyone else could sleep.
Saturday Family BBQ:
It was crazy hot, so I decided to pair this tank (which I LOVE) with shorts instead of the linen pants like I’d planned. Some our extended family rented a house rather than a hotel, so it was a great dinner option to go over to their place and BBQ.
Swimsuit ALL day! 🙂
Sunday the entire crew headed out for dinner. I went back to the maxi dress because it’s so easy and cool, but this time tied a chambray shirt around the waist to create some interest and make the look a bit more casual. A