What to Pack: Texas in the Winter

Another trip, another packing guide for you guys! This time…what to pack for the great state of Texas…in the winter time (though to be honest, we had weather mostly in the 70-80 degrees).

In case you’ve missed prior ones, feel free to click through the archives below to find some packing ideas/inspiration!

What To Pack: Hawaii Edition – What to Pack: Cruise Edition – What to Pack: Europe Edition (2015) 
What to Pack: Florida – What to Pack: Europe Edition (2016)

what to pack for texas, winter edition | Style On Target blog

Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I don’t/didn’t.

This might have been the most simple of all my packing guides, but it was also one of the easiest to utilize. I knew what I wanted to wear every day and had a ton basics to utilize. I sometimes wish I was one of those bloggers who thinks of travel “theme” outfits, but I’m definitely not. I like to explore and squeeze in as much adventure as I can while traveling, so my favorite pieces and versatile basics are always what I build my suitcase around.

Plus, I’m notorious for forgetting to take outfit photos while on vacation (guilty AGAIN), so why waste that valuable carry-on space for something you won’t wear again? I guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane.

Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Black Tee: Casual and cool and works with everything (jeans, patterned shorts/skirts, etc.). Enough said! 
  • Gray Tee: Equally casual and cool.
  • Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and definitely can’t last six days without them. Wear it with….everything.
  • Patterned Tee: Perfect for days when you don’t want to wear solid colors.
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). You choose the rinse and wear them with everything, duh! ;)
  • Black Dress: I almost embarrassed to admit how much I wore this on this trip. We were only there for 6 full days, so I’ll let you wager your own guesses as to how much I wore this bad boy.
  • Print Shorts: Because you got to have a little print in your life to keep it interesting!
  • Denim Skirt: When you can go bare legged in February, you do.
  • Stripe Dress: Because more stripes is never an issue.
  • Cardigan/Blazer: I wore my new favorite cardigan-blazer on the plane and after the sun went down, and it was so cozy and comfy. Plus, I got a billion compliments. #win
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…ideal when the temperatures drop at night or the air-conditioning is blasting. 
  • Flat Sandals: When it’s practically summer weather, you wear sandals. And you wear flat ones, because you’re walking around all-day and don’t have a personal driver, because you’re not a Kardashian. ;)
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse looks super roomy and is affordable! It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!
  • Ballet Flats: Bring your most comfy flats, because if you’re sightseeing, you’re going to be on your feet.

So that’s it for my “winter” in Texas packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more specific to each person!

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

What to Pack: Europe, Round 2

Oh hey guys! We just got back from our Europe trip yesterday afternoon, and I’ll be back with outfits posts soon enough! But my What to Pack posts are been so well received, that I thought I’d update it for another round of what to pack for Europe!

In case you’ve missed prior ones, feel free to click through the archives below to find some packing ideas/inspiration!

What To Pack: Hawaii Edition – What to Pack: Cruise Edition
What to Pack: Europe Edition (2015) – What to Pack: Florida

what to pack Europe two weeks in the fall | Style On Target blog

Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I don’t/didn’t.

I used last year’s Europe packing guide (here) as a guide for this year’s version, but I switched up some of the main colors and used tan/brown as one of my major neutrals instead of black. But other than that, many of my key pieces remain the same. I sometimes wish I was one of those bloggers who thinks of travel “theme” outfits, but I’m definitely not. I like to explore and squeeze in as much adventure as I can while traveling, so my favorite pieces and versatile basics are always what I build my suitcase around.

Plus, I’m notorious for forgetting to take outfit photos while on vacation, so why waste that valuable carry-on space for something you won’t wear again? And while it may seem like a lot…I guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane.

Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Black Tee: Casual and cool and works with everything (jeans, patterned pants, chinos, etc.). Enough said! 
  • Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and definitely can’t last one week, let alone 2 weeks without one! Wear it with the black pants and the jean jacket. Or with jeans and vest. Or with everything (too much?)!
  • Graphic Tee: Perfect for site-seeing or days you don’t want to think about what to wear. Great with jeans and a utility jacket or black pants and a cardigan. Easy peasy!
  • Cardigan: Take one. Trust me. Perfect for layering and easy to remove if it heats up during the day or add a jacket/vest to if it cools down.
  • Gingham/Plaid Shirt: An easy piece that can be worn alone or underneath a cardigan or sweater.
  • Bonus Shirt: I would take one or two more shirts, because they’re small and easy to mix in with your four pairs of pants. This time around, I chose this colorful floral option!
  • Sweatshirt: This one looks so cozy and comfy for wearing on the plane or on a tour bus.
  • Chambray Shirt: Another easy piece that can be worn alone, as a light layer over the tees, or underneath a cardigan or sweater.
  • Sweater: I swear, tan/camel sweaters are the most luxe-looking things EVER. 
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…you’ll probably be recognized as an American though, as this is a classic Americana piece! ;)
  • Colored Pants: Because you can only wear jeans for so many days and a little color never hurt!
  • Black Pants/Jeans: Leggings work here too. It’s just another great alternative to regular blue jeans.
  • Print Pants: Because you got to have a little print in your life to keep it interesting over the two weeks that we were in Europe!
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). You choose the rinse and wear them with everything, duh! ;)
  • Utility Jacket: This is the perfect jacket for exploring Europe. Easy neutral to wear with everything and pockets on top of pockets for holding maps, phones, cameras, etc.
  • Puffer Vest: Another easy layering option. I wore mine everywhere!
  • Ankle Boots: Don’t pack these and wear them on the plane to save room! And pro-tip that I learned the hard way…go with a no-heeled version! 
  • Two Pairs of Flats (lace-up, leopard): Perfect for walking all day…which is what you do when you’re site-seeing in Europe. These both are affordable and comfy.
  • Sunglasses: Because even though you’re not on a beach, you still need sun protection!
  • Sneakers: These are the shoes you’ll wear when you’re walking down miles of cobblestones or up stairs to the top of Sagrada Familia. Lightweight and in a neutral color. This pair doesn’t scream tourist!
  • Scarf: Layering options are a must in fall, and this scarf can also double as a blanket on the plane!
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse looks super roomy and is affordable! It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!

So that’s it for my second fall in Europe packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more specific to each person!

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

ps. Because we were in some warmer locations for half of our trip, I swapped out the patterned pants for a patterned skirt, and the colored pants for a black dress and jean skirt (took up about the same amount of room in my suitcase). 

What to Pack: Winter in Florida Edition

Oh hey guys!

No outfit photos for you today, but instead, I thought you might like to see what I packed for our trip to Florida last week, since you all seem to have enjoyed my prior packing posts (see What To Pack: Hawaii Edition, What to Pack: Cruise Edition, and What To Pack: Europe Edition) and because I didn’t manage to take a single outfit photo while in Florida!

Whoops. This seems to happen to me almost every single time I go on vacation, you guys! Maybe I needed a vacation from the blog and from work! But definitely not from the croissant doughnuts in Epcot…those things are DELICIOUS.

what to pack winter trip to Florida

Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I didn’t.

Another full disclosure? I wrote this post before we packed/left, and I would have to swap out the shorts for pants, but other than that…pretty accurate!

It was weird to pack for 60 degree days instead of the below-30 temps that I’m use to experiencing in February here in the Midwest. I can personally guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane. Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Stripe Tee: Casual and cool and works with nearly everything.
  • Graphic Tee: Just some fun to add to your solid bottoms.
  • Blouse: Easy to dress up or down.
  • White Tee: A perfect neutral that should go EVERYWHERE with you.
  • Dress: Because you don’t have to wear tights with it when in Florida!
  • Light Sweater: Because even though you don’t have to wear tights…it’s still winter!
  • Cardigan: Take one. Trust me. Perfect for layering and easy to remove if it heats up.
  • Utility Jacket: This is the perfect jacket for travel: pockets on top of pockets!
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…a classic Americana piece! ;)
  • Skirt: Perfect for a cover-up or dressing up after a day of sightseeing!
  • Two Pairs of Shorts (dots here, solid here): Because you’re in Florida!
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). 
  • Beach Tote: You know…for toting things to and from the beach!
  • Straw Hat: For keeping the sunburn away and disguising bad hair days on vacation.
  • Swimsuit: For water parks, swimming in the ocean and/or hotel pools, or beach laying!
  • Two Pairs of Flats (sandals, navy flats)Perfect for walking all day…these both are affordable and comfy.
  • Sunglasses: Because even though you’re not on a beach, you still need sun protection!
  • Sneakers: Shoes to wear when you’re walking a ton, and this pair doesn’t scream tourist!
  • Scarf: This scarf can be worn around the neck or as a sarong or used as a blanket on the plane!
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. 

So that’s it for my winter in Florida packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more person to person needs anyway.

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

What to Pack: Fall in Europe Edition

Oh hey guys! We just got back from our Europe trip on Saturday night, and despite my best efforts, I’m slightly jet lagged, so I don’t have a ton of energy to pull together an outfit post for you today. However, I promise I will be back at it tomorrow (though I probably won’t be sharing shots from Europe until next week). Instead, I thought you might like to see what I packed for the trip, since you all seem to have enjoyed my prior packing posts (see What To Pack: Hawaii Edition and What to Pack: Cruise Edition). 

whattopackeurope

Full disclosure: there are of a lot of other style bloggers who do “What to Pack” guides. Only they’re normally they’re checking a bag…and I didn’t.

I needed some help on what to pack for Europe and the various countries we went to (Ireland, Netherlands, and Germany), and I ended up creating this after not finding a lot! I can personally guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a backpack/tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane. Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Black Tee: Casual and cool and works with everything. Enough said! Pair it with your black skirt for an “almost” dress.
  • Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and definitely can’t last one week, let alone 2 weeks without one! Wear it with the black pants and the jean jacket. Or with jeans and vest. Or with everything (too much?)!
  • Graphic Tee: Perfect for site-seeing. Easy peasy, right?
  • Cardigan: Take one. Trust me. Perfect for layering and easy to remove if it heats up during the day or add a jacket/vest to if it cools down.
  • Gingham/Plaid Shirt: An easy piece that can be worn alone or underneath a cardigan or sweater.
  • Bonus Shirt: I would take one or two more shirts, because they’re small and easy to mix in with your four pairs of pants. I chose this embroidered black and white tee from J.Crew Factory!
  • Sweatshirt: This one looks so cozy and comfy for wearing on the plane or on a tour bus.
  • Chambray Shirt: Another easy piece that can be worn alone, as a light layer over the tees, or underneath a cardigan or sweater.
  • Sweater: You can bring this white cable beauty with you or buy one in Ireland where they are famous for their cable knit sweaters!
  • Jean Jacket: A great light layer piece…you’ll probably be recognized as an American though, as this is a classic Americana piece! ;)
  • Colored Pants: Because you can only wear jeans for so many days and a little color never hurt!
  • Black Pants/Jeans: Leggings work here too. It’s just another great alternative to regular blue jeans.
  • Print Pants: Because you got to have a little print in your life to keep it interesting over the two weeks that we were in Europe!
  • Jeans: I would wear these onto the plane (takes up less room that way!). You choose the rinse and wear them with everything, duh! ;)
  • Utility Jacket: This is the perfect jacket for exploring Europe. Easy neutral to wear with everything and pockets on top of pockets for holding maps, phones, cameras, etc.
  • Puffer Vest: Another easy layering option. I wore mine everywhere!
  • Ankle Boots: Don’t pack these and wear them on the plane to save room!
  • Two Pairs of Flats (leopard, navy): Perfect for walking all day…which is what you do when you’re site-seeing in Europe. These both are affordable and comfy.
  • Sunglasses: Because even though you’re not on a beach, you still need sun protection!
  • Sneakers: These are the shoes you’ll wear when you’re walking up miles of cobblestones to a German castle or frolicing in the Ireland fields. Lightweight and in a neutral color. This pair doesn’t scream tourist!
  • Scarf: Layering options are a must in fall, and this scarf can also double as a blanket on the plane!
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse is pricey, but you can find more affordable ones. It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!

So that’s it for my fall in Europe packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries, books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more person to person needs anyway.

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

What to Pack: Cruise Edition

Oh hey guys! We got back from our Mexican cruise this past weekend, so I’m still getting adjusted to life as a landlubber, so no outfit post for you all today, but instead…I thought you might like to see a Style On Target cruise packing list!

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I needed some help on what to pack for the cruise, and I ended up creating this after not finding a lot! It’s kind of similar to my Hawaii What to Pack post, but since cruises have very specific wardrobe needs, I figured I could update it to reflect that a bit. For this cruise, we’re going on a 5-day cruise with two stops, so we’ll be on the boat for a good portion of the time, but I’ll need a good mix of on-boat clothes and off-boat clothes. I can personally guarantee that all these items can fit into a regulation sized carry-on suitcase, your personal item (use a beach tote and put your purse inside it along with your in-flight entertainment items), and what you end up wearing on the plane.

Super great right? Feel free to send me the $20-50 you save on checked bag fees. ;)

  • Pop of Color Tee: Casual and cool and works to give you some excitement to your basic shorts. Tuck it into a skirt for a casual, but dressy dinner outfit or pair with shorts for exploring!
  • Stripe Tee: You know I love me some stripes and probably can’t last 5 days without. Wear it with the shorts and your light jacket. Or wear it with your graphic shorts. Or with everything (too much?)!
  • Graphic Tee: Perfect for site-seeing. They work with shorts, skirts, and jeans. Easy peasy, right?
  • Breezy Embroidered Top: Classier than a t-shirt, but not too heavy for those tropical temperatures.
  • Light Jacket: This could be denim or a rain jacket or a anorak jacket. Take one.  Trust me. Beaches get chilly at night, plus it can double as a blanket on the plane.
  • Shorts (navy, chambray, and print): These can be used for casual day looks, paired with a color tee and statement necklace for night, or as a swimsuit coverup. Oh, and it’s HOT in the tropics. Shorts are a need.
  • Skirts (stripe and blue): Skirts are great, because they’re instantly classier than shorts, even when paired with tees. How cute would your breezy top be paired with a skirt?
  • Dresses (1, 2): For a fancy dinner (elegant night) or a casual dinner on the beach. Plus, you can always throw a t-shirt over it, knot the tee, and then you have another outfit!
  • Two Swimsuits (how cute is this anchor one?!): One to wear Day 1, one to wear Day 2. Continue to alternate, because there is nothing worse than a wet, cold swimsuit (am I right?)!
  • Beach Hat: Perfect for “Days at Sea” when you’ve got a book in one hand and the sun in your face!
  • Crossbody Purse: Hands-free traveling is the best kind. This purse is pricey, but you can find more affordable ones. It easily holds a wallet, tickets, sunglasses, camera, and a small bottle of water, which is exactly what I need it to hold and no more!
  • One or Two Pairs of Sunglasses: I always suggest bringing two pairs because my husband and I are notorious for losing them in the ocean (I mean, we’ve been on two beach trips together and have lost a pair on each vacation!). We’re embarrasing, we know.
  • Sneakers: These are the shoes you wear when you’re exploring ruins or using the on-boat gym. Lightweight and in a neutral color. This pair doesn’t scream tourist. Don’t pack these and wear them on the plane to save room!
  • Sandals: This gold braided pair from Target is perfect because it’s classier than the Birks, small and easily packed, and adds some interest.
  • Espadrille Flats: I just included these, because I brought them on our trip, and I love how made every outfit better!

So that’s it for my cruise packing guide. Obviously, you’ll need accessories, undergarments, toiletries (hello sunscreen and motion sickness pills! #glamourous), books/magazines/Kindles/iPads, etc., but that’s more person to person needs anyway.

Is there anything you would add or subtract from my list?

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