Packing for Six Weeks in Hot Weather

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Well, first let me say that I’ll never look like any of these women in hot weather.

I’ll be spending five or six weeks between Washington, DC and Knoxville, TN this month and next.  I grew up in the humid hot muck that is the east coast in summer so I am not a newbie. But I haven’t been in that weather for an extended period since the days when I wore lots of shorts, sleeveless tops, and cute little sundresses.

I’ve been developing the criteria for my hot-weather wardrobe knowing that I have to fit everything into a 22″ roller bag and a smaller carry-on bag and my trip won’t involve any “dress up” occasions.   I, of course, want to take all my favorite cute clothes but there is no way I’ll be able to do that.  Here are my guidelines:

  •  Four pairs of comfortable pants – no tight skinny jeans which will just be too hot.  But here I’m talking chinos like these:

  • One pair of cropped flared jeans and one pair of denim midi culottes so I can get my “trendy” on.
  • Six tees – two long sleeved (good for wearing over exercise clothes to gym) – given my proclivities these will probably be striped or white.
  • Two dressier tops – I just bought this, for example:

  • One button front midi dress or a long vest – I can wear the former as a dress, a tunic over pants, and as a duster.
  • One skirt – probably my Shoptiques version of this one because I love it so much and it screams summer:

  • One long sleeved crisp white shirt
  • Outerwear – my light apple green Eileen Fisher anorak
  • Two sweaters – undecided here but one will be black
  • Three sets of exercise clothes

I cannot even think about shoes (could take up 50% of my available space!), jewelry, or other accessories – I’ll report back on that next week!   What have I missed here?  What tips do you have for hot weather packing?

Check out these beautiful on-sale hot weather clothes from Banana Republic and H&M!

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6 Comments on Packing for Six Weeks in Hot Weather

  1. Mother & Daughter
    June 9, 2016 at 7:24 am (2 years ago)

    Summer is easier to pack for then winter in my opinion but the shoes for any season always cause me pause. lol I bought a dress similar to the white skirt, I agree it screams summer. 5-6 wks is hard to pack for, good luck and good ideas.

    • Jeanne
      June 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Dear “Mother& Daughter” – I think all seasons are hard to pack for because I’m always trying to squeeze as many cute things as I can into one suitcase. All the best, Jeanne

  2. Patti
    June 13, 2016 at 8:58 pm (2 years ago)

    I think you’ve got it Jeanne! I live in loose fitting skirts and tops here in Florida. Love that white eyelet skirt! Hope your trip is fabulous. xo


    • Jeanne
      June 15, 2016 at 4:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Patti – Thanks for your comment. Jeanne

  3. Nina Bosken
    June 13, 2016 at 9:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Such a good idea! Packing for hot weather is always fun. Luckily baggier pants are totally in!


    • Jeanne
      June 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Nina – Yes, looser pants are in, BUT I still want my skinny cropped jeans. Really I wish I were your age and could wear cute rompers every day! Stay cool. Jeanne


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