Packing List: Twelve Days of Mix and Match Summer Outfits

Warning:  If you don’t like vacation photos, then this post is not for you!

Hey pretties!  We are back from our two-week eastern US vacation.  It feels like it’s been an eternity!  For this year’s trip, we decided upon an old-fashioned family road trip (much to our children’s dismay).  We visited family and did some sight-seeing in Atlanta, Myrtle Beach and Washington D.C. before finishing off with a week in our home state of Pennsylvania.

But first, let’s start out with a little style talk (because this is a style blog after all).  I roughly used my Ten Day Summer Vacation Packing List which made packing a breeze and getting dressed even easier.  As I packed, I took photos of each combo, along with accessories, before putting them in my suitcase.  Each morning, I referred to my phone to pick out my day’s outfit.

As a general packing rule, I try to make sure most pieces can be paired up at least two different ways.  Here are some of the outfits I took on our trip.






All of my makeup and toiletries fit into my Bellino vanity case from Maxwell Scott.


This was my 4th of July look and the outfit I wore for the first day of our journey.


Our first stop of the vacation was at our family lake house on Lake o’ the Pines in Jefferson, Texas.  We watched fireworks and enjoyed some burgers before setting out on the long drive to Atlanta the next day.


We drove 12 hours (one of the longer legs of our trip) to northern Atlanta to visit with my husband’s aunt and cousins.  The highlight of this trip for the girls was driving the Gator and bathing their horses.


After spending a few days there, we were off to Myrtle Beach.  Our family can’t have a vacation without a visit to the beach.  This was our first time at Myrtle and we were pleasantly surprised.



Day-5-Myrtle-BeachFrom Myrtle, we headed north to tour Washington D.C. for a few days.  We hit all of the major landmarks, monuments and museums and even met up with my best friend and her family for dinner one night.





The whirlwind tour of D.C. (not to mention all of the driving) left us a little exhausted and more than ready for a week of relaxing in Pennsylvania.


The girls got to bottle feed some newborn calves at a farm near where my parents live.  This was one of the highlights of their trip.



Devon got behind the wheel of this Cadillac his grandparents recently bought.  It looks more like it belongs in Texas than PA!


I took a stroll down memory lane at my alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  It’s been almost 18 years since I’ve been back there.  The campus is just as beautiful as I remembered it.  It was fun getting to take the kids there, especially with Devon heading out to college in just a few weeks.  This is Sutton Hall, which housed the original teachers’ college.


The title of this photo is “Slap Happy Girls After 14 Hours in a Car”.  This was the first leg of our return trip home.  We stopped in Memphis for the night before driving the remaining 7  hours back to Dallas the next day.


There you have it – 16 days and 52 hours of driving.  We promised our kids that next year’s vacation will involve a flight and a beach in Mexico.  They were definitely troopers!


A big thanks and shout out to my guest posters – Alicia from The Dumbelle, Blaire and Whitney from Peaches in a Pod and Cynthia from My Rose Colored Shades.  You have no idea how much I appreciated their amazing content while I was gone.  And thanks to all of you too for continuing to read and comment while I took a break.


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  1. Shay Shull

    I loved watching your vacation posts on Instagram! You seriously have THE CUTEST family!!

  2. Blaire Bingham

    It looks like you had so much fun! I love trips with more than one destination included because it makes for such great family memories!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. Morgan

    What a fun trip! Looks like you guys got to do a little bit of everything! Your kids are troopers. 🙂

  4. Jill

    Looks like you had a great trip! So fun to get in the car and head to several different destinations!


  5. Kaitlin

    Looks like you guys had a blast! I’m heading to DC for the first time ever next month. Hopefully it will be a fun few days!


  6. KellyinPA

    What a great family trip! Those kind of vacations are definitely memory makers. Love the pics:)

  7. Caitlin @ Greater Than Rubies

    What a fun vacay! Love all the pictures and your packing list. Hope easing back into the normal routine isn’t too hard! 🙂

  8. Cynthia @ My Rose Colored Shades

    It looks like it was a fun-packed trip. Love the pictures. And cute outfits! I don’t think I’ve ever taken such a long vacation. Sounds nice. Hope you have a relaxed week. ~Cynthia

  9. Sheaffer

    Yay for Vacation! Glad you guys had such a good time!!!! Welcome home! 🙂

  10. Amy Ann

    Such fun pictures! Love how you planned your outfits. It helps so much!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  11. Inge

    Wow, it looks like a great trip! Growing up we used to do these kinds of vacations too, traveling around to visit with family members. It wasn’t glamorous but I have so many memories from those vacations!

  12. Ashley

    You have great style, so of course your vacation outfits are super cute + functional. Glad you guys had a good time! 🙂 And so cool you got to go back to your alma mater!


  13. Shybiker

    Great vacation pics. I think PA is one of the prettiest states in the union. It’s often overlooked in that regard. I ride there from NY on my motorcycle and love the bucolic country roads.

  14. Suzanne

    Wow that is a whole bunch of driving with a full car! Looks like you managed to squeeze lots in though.


  15. Laura

    It looks like you had so much fun! What a great vacation! Love that vanity case and all your cute outfits!

  16. Marta C

    Love all your vacay pics-looks like you had an amazing time!! What perfect outfit picks for travelling. I’ve always wanted to go to Myrtle beach-looks like a great place to visit with your family. Have a great day Alison:)
    Marta, xo

  17. Gina @ On the Daily Express

    It’s great to have you back, Alison! You guys are troopers for making the whole thing a road trip!! Wow! LOVED your packing list. That’s the hardest part of travel for me and it always helps and inspires me to see how other people tackle it.
    Gina – On the Daily Express

  18. Sheila P

    Great photos! I didn’t know you were from my home state of PA.! I’m in Bucks County. : )

  19. Charnele

    Looks like a fun filled road trip! You picked some very easy to pack items. Shorts are my favorite item to pack when traveling in the summer!

  20. Nikki

    ALISON! I feel like I just had a huge A-HA moment reading this post. I have no idea why I’ve never thought of this before … I mean, I’ve done two of the challenges so far and it involved a photo of an outfit, but this?

    “As I packed, I took photos of each combo, along with accessories, before putting them in my suitcase. Each morning, I referred to my phone to pick out my day’s outfit.”

    GAME CHANGER! Seriously. My husband and I like to travel several times a year and I end up spending a lot of time digging through my suitcase trying to remember outfits I planned in my head. This idea is GENIUS. We’re heading to Napa next week and I’m going to start taking photos of outfit combos when I get home tonight. Thank you so much for the great tip!!

  21. Vodka Infused Lemonade

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. Love your outfits. I did a 7×7 last Summer and it also helped me pack.


  22. Lana

    What a fun trip! I honestly think old fashioned family road trips are the best kinds of vacations! Loved the pictures – looks like you had a blast!

  23. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    So glad you guys had a fun vacation! Loving all the photos. And thanks for sharing your outfit ideas. I need some inspiration for our vacation in a few weeks. I’ll definitely be referencing your summer vacation packing list! Your family is too cute!

  24. Sarah C

    Wow that is a lot of driving! I love your tour of Washington and you and your girls are all wearing black and white work out shorts 🙂 Glad you had a good time and that you all still love each other after 52 hours of driving! YIKES! Welcome home!

  25. Sarah @ Tucker Up

    How fun! I love old fashioned road trips. Such great memories!

  26. Crystelle

    I LOVE vacation photos! I wanna go on vacation. It looks like you had a fabulous time. Feeding the calves…. Ahhhww….. the turtle, the hammock, the vanity case…. It’s all perfect!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  27. Rachel

    I LOVE the vacation pics!!
    How wise are you to take pics of the outfits pre-vacation!!–I am definitely doing that next time I travel 🙂
    The tour of DC looks like so much fun !
    Yay IUP 🙂

  28. Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)

    You have such a cute family Alison! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. And a lot of driving! I love road trips!

  29. Bri Bliss

    My family has been going to Myrtle for years & we absolutely love it. At this point it feels like a second home to us. Glad to know you enjoyed it!

  30. Danielle @ The-Lifestyle-Project

    That’s such a smart idea to take quick pics of outfits AND ACCESSORIES before you pack them! It’s so easy to completely blank on what goes with what when you have only a few minutes to get dressed, plus I’m sure that taking care of a family of five only makes getting-ready time more hectic. Looks like you guys had a great trip!

  31. Mo

    Your family vacation looked like a grand ole time. 🙂 I like the looks you created with only a few pieces.

  32. Tracy M

    What a great trip! It looks like you had a lot of fun. And, you are so organized with your packing. I try and try, but always end up packing way too much.

  33. Sarah C

    love that you take pictures before you leave. Gotta love the new digital age! Looks like a great vacation!

  34. Nicole

    It looks like you guys had a great time and hit so many places! I really like the idea of planning out the outfits.

    Nicole to the Nines

  35. Madaline

    Ok, not going to lie, totally screamed when I saw that vanity case. SO gorgeous! It looks like you guys had a great (and super packed!) trip! Hope you’re recovering from the vacay!

  36. Rachel

    Love what and how you packed! And LOVE your 4th of July look!

  37. Jessi

    You have such a cute family!! Despite all the long driving this looks like it was a fun adventure! I always love a vacation no matter if it’s to mexico or on a roadtrip across the states 😉 As long as there’s a little beach time squeezed in their it’s all good!


  38. Mary

    Alison, this trip just looks like a blast! Welcome back.

  39. Alicia

    Thanks again doll! xo
    I love your packing tips – I’m going to Martha’s Vineyard in September. def will be taking a photo of my outfits beforehand to refer to!

  40. Stephanie

    That vanity case is great! Looks like a fun trip and wow, I am impressed with all of that driving that you guys did!

  41. Ashley

    I just read your blog for the first time & noticed your daughter was wearing a Wylie pirates t shirt. How random, I graduated from Wylie High, and still live here.

  42. Fashionista Momma

    You were in my neck of the woods!! I hope you enjoyed DC. So many great things to do. Your vacay looked like a blast. Thanks for hosting this great link up. xo ~ Megan

  43. hl

    Looks like a great trip! Love that vanity case.

  44. In Mama's Wardrobe

    Such a fab idea to photograph all your outfits before you left! It must of made life so much easier! I’d love to do a road trip in The States! Ax



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