Our Best Packing Tips for 3 Summer Destinations
Travel season is upon us. For many of us, summertime presents the perfect opportunity to get away for a quick escape, a long vacation or anything in between. Whether you travel solo, with a partner or with your whole family in tow, packing for your adventures can offer challenges of its own.
Here are some tried-and-true suggestions for three different types of travel, as well as our recommendations for the perfect Duckfeet styles to take with you.
Trip #1: An Outdoor Adventure
An outdoor trip requires some strategic packing - preparing for all types of weather and terrain with as few items as possible. Whether you’re camping, backpacking, staying in a motel and planning day treks or anything in between, there are some common essentials you’ll want to bring along.
- Moisture-wicking clothing (releases water and sweat). This can range from shirts to pants, and even under layers.
- A couple of top layers. Our favorites are a light long sleeve (with a hood), and a packable down jacket for those cooler temps.
- Raincoat and other waterproof gear
- Comfortable shoes for hiking and long days on your feet
- Sun protection - hat, glasses, sunscreen
- Insect repellant
- A good water bottle (Yeti and HydroFlask are solid choices)
- Water purifying tablets
- First aid kit
- Camera and Binoculars
- Books, field guides and a journal
- Dehydrated meals and snacks (check out Good To Go)
Our Duckfeet Pick
For any outdoorsy vacation, the Fåborg is a great addition. This sturdy lace-up style provides extra support for navigating various types of terrain, as well as protects the ankles, and can easily transition from the trail to the town if you stop into a local joint for a bite or beverage.
Trip #2: A Weekend Wedding Getaway
For a quick weekend trip, the lighter the better! If you can avoid checking a bag, you’ll save on both cost and hassle. A minimalist packing approach can help with this.
Pack only what you need and choose clothing items that can do double-duty - pieces that can be used more than once and for multiple occasions.
Note: Having a variety of accessories helps give your travel wardrobe more versatility.
Some Essentials To Include
- Outfit for the main event (wrapping this in tissue paper can cut down on transit wrinkling)
- Basic toiletries - pack 3oz travel sizes in a TSA-approved clear plastic pouch (or a quart-sized ziploc bag) ...and for anything that won’t fit, make use of the freebies at your hotel!
- Basic tops and bottoms that can be worn several times
- Swimwear (just in case)
- If it’s sunny - hat, sunglasses and 3oz sunscreen
- Comfortable, easy-to-pack footwear
Our Duckfeet Pick
For this type of trip, we recommend the Bornholm and Løkken. The Bornholm is super lightweight, easy to tuck into carry-on luggage and complements both dressy and casual outfits (plus it’s fully adjustable). The Løkken is also a lightweight sandal. With an ankle strap for extra security, it is perfect for warm weather walks around the beach or the town.
Trip #3: City Tourist
For a Big City vacation, pack functional clothing that can be styled in a variety of ways.
Choose items that are appropriate for an array of activities - sightseeing, dining out, attending a Broadway show, window shopping, etc. You’ll likely be strolling quite a bit, so focus on comfort!
Several Basics You’ll Need
- Apparel that can transition from day to night
- A raincoat and/or umbrella for inclement weather
- A cross-body bag, big enough to hold your essentials, plus a camera if you plan to document your travels
- Toiletries - plus extra cleansing wipes and a stash of Emergen-C or other immunity supplement
- Packing cubes to organize your suitcase - check out ebags
- Portable power bank for your phone - having your map apps running most of the day is likely to drain your battery! Here’s a list of recommended portable chargers.
Our Duckfeet Pick
Functional footwear is key to pack for this type of trip. You’ll likely log a lot of miles as a tourist! Our favorite Duckfeet shoes to pack for a city vacation are the Fyn and the Lolland. The Fyn is one of our best walking shoes. The lace-up style and deeper footbed keep your feet secure, and the unique stitching pattern offers a dose of flair and style that is sure to stand out and turn heads, even in a bustling crowd. The Lolland, our T-strap MaryJane, pairs well with jeans or a dressier outfit and is another comfortable model for walking with it’s higher instep.
Note: For extra warm days, our Ringkøbing fisherman sandal is a favorite for city sidewalks.
- For any adventure you embark on, less is usually more. Lay out everything that you think you’ll need and pare down as much as possible.
- Think about what you can reuse as well as how many outfits you can build using the least amount of clothing.
- Remember to check the forecast before you go so that you can fine-tune your packing list.
- Regardless of your destination, your trip will be easier (and more enjoyable) when you take the stress (and weight) out of packing. Get creative, consolidate and don’t forget to leave a bit of room in your bag for souvenirs!