1) Know the climate you are going to
Google typical weather patterns for the time of year you plan on visiting. Going to amusement parks or walking around a large metropolitan city? Purchase a pack of clear, disposable rain panchos for just a few bucks online or at a dollar store. It will save you a lot of money compared to buying them on your trip when you really need one.
I don't know about you, but I find myself wearing a small percentage of the clothes I own as I tend to stick with my favorites. Unless I deliberately browse through my clothes on occasion, I forget what all I have. To best plan for a trip, start by shopping your closet first.
Um, hello gorgeous closet; can you come live in my house?
If closet shopping looked like this, it would be much more fun
3) Prioritize what you need & determine a budget
After browsing through the clothes you already have, make a quick list of things you need for your trip and another list of things you want. I know for our upcoming vacation we will be doing a lot of walking. Being an Arizona girl, I wear flip-flops 350 days a year, no joke. I know that wearing walking shoes for the entire trip will get old and boring fast. A quick survey of my flip flop collection revealed just what I thought it would - most of my flip flops are for fashion, not functionality. I may wear them for a few hours a day or walk in them for a few blocks at most. They aren't designed for a full day of walking in. Thus, I invested in a good pair of Reef sandals. My husband swears by Rainbows, but I've just never found them to be that comfortable. Point is, prioritize what you need, set a budget, and don't pass up buying something that you know will make your vacation more enjoyable (like a quality pair of flip flops!).
4) Finally, shop for fun!
Yay, the fun part! After you get all the "needs" bought, have fun buying some vacation-specific outfits. This happens to be my strength LoL =) Did a cute bathing suit catch your eye for that upcoming beach vacation? Snag it before the store stops selling them. Feel like rocking a new top for that girls weekend in NYC? Go ahead a splurge. Just stick to your budget and you won't feel like you overspent and you won't start your vacation off with a guilty subconscious. In fact, shopping for a vacation can help build up the excitement for a much-anticipated trip! Especially if it's somewhere really awesome like Hawaii or NYC or an island in the Caribbean.
Perfectly put together for a day at the beach or strolling along a boardwalk
When you're short on time, don't forget your good friend Amazon.com for 2 day shipping. I'm not paid to say that, I'm just a Prime user who loves Amazon and definitely uses it to buy many vacation essentials.
After all that pre-vacation shopping you'll surely be ready for a vacation like this
Bottom line, don't be afraid to embrace a vacation style! Figure out what you have, what you need, and what you want, set a budget, and then hit the stores for some pre-vacation fun.