Per my last post, we just returned from Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, an all-inclusive beach resort in the Dominican Republic. I thought I would share what I packed for this trip. I only focused on outfit ideas here. If you want a more comprehensive packing list, check out my Bowsing Nom Nom’s Ultimate Travel Packing List and Baby Packing List.
Note: some of the photos in this figure are not the exact same item that I have. It’s just what I could find a picture of.
- White linen shirt – This was great for the airplane but didn’t really use it as much as I would have liked to at the resort since it was too warm to wear outside. I did use it as a cover up once or twice and when the AC was too strong in our room.
- Cotton tees – I packed a couple: a Uniqlo supima cotton yellow tee, very lightweight and a gray tee from Muji, which was thicker weight, slightly different silhouette, more cropped, more boxy and easy to wear.
- Tank tops – Again from Uniqlo, contrasting cream and black colours, with a built-in bra. It was easy to dress up or down depending on the bottom.
- Sleeveless blouse – Great for elevating the outfit a bit at dinner or can dress down during the day with jean shorts. If you can find one that matches one of the dress code colours, even better! I wore this on the blue/red/white night.
- Maxi floral dress – Okay, so I cheated here. I actually forgot to bring my maxi floral sundress but instead packed a short floral dress instead. I didn’t like it as much and wished that I had a nice flowy maxi dress to wear for dinner and during the day when I felt like dressing up.
- Mini dress – This was very versatile, both as cover up during the day and for a more casual look at dinner.
- Shorts – I ended up bringing two pairs of jean shorts (different washes) but what I really wanted to do was to bring only one and another part of a lighter coloured linen shorts but I have yet to find a nice pair to add to my current wardrobe.
- Wide-legged pants – These wide-legged cropped black pants from Uniqlo was great for dinner. I did not wear during the day because it was too heavy weight. Ideally, I would love to add a pair of white/biege lighter fabric (e.g. linen, crinkle gauze) pants that I can add to my summer wardrobe.
- Swimsuits – I brought two to exchange when one is wet. The key is to have ones with different necklines to avoid harsh tan lines. I gravitated towards a favourite one so I couldn’t avoid this unfortunate situation.
- Beach cover up – A lightweight cover up is so useful when you’re spending all day at the pool or beach. I hung it up to dry in the bathroom/patio and it dried quickly between pool/beach sessions. Of course, like I mentioned above, you can always use the linen shirt and mini dress as cover ups but it didn’t dry as easily, especially if you wanted to rinse it between sessions.
- Active wear – Easy active wear is great to wear for lazy mornings and for any sports/activities.
- Sneakers – I always have a pair of trusty sneakers for travel days and for exercise (e.g. Zumba or long walks)
- Sandals – I recently got this pair of super comfortable sandals by SOUL Naturalizer. It was semi-dressy which could be used during the day and night.
- Flip flops – My sandals were not waterproof so I needed something easy for the beach/pool. Flip flops was the natural choice.
- Canvas tote – I considered getting a straw tote, which is cuter but I also hate to pack bulky things so I wanted something compact and easy to pack. The only way I can see a straw tote working is if you used this as your personal item when travelling, which I don’t have the luxury of since I had to also carry a diaper bag and manage a toddler so the practical side of me thought that a comfortable backpack-type bag is more practical in this stage in my life. Of note, you might have noticed I didn’t include a purse in this capsule wardrobe. To be honest, I did bring a small envelope purse but I did not use it at all on the resort. I just used the canvas tote to carry all my essentials as well as baby items. Maybe one day, when I don’t have to carry extra diapers, wipes, water bottles, snacks etc, it’ll be nice to carry a cute little purse to dinner.
- Hat – I would have preferred a wide-brimmed sun hat style-wise but again, the practical side of me decided on a baseball cap because so much easier to pack. I also saw people wearing their sun hats on/off the plane but again, I have enough carry-on items to handle with a toddler, so I wanted to minimize this hassle.
And that’s all folks! Happy packing!
(P.S. If you have recommendations for any items that I am missing, please send them my way!)