My husband, a college professor, was just offered a summer teaching opportunity in Nanjing, China! We will be there for 6 weeks and I understand the weather will be very hot! This will be an adventure! I will definitely be packing my workout clothes – but beyond that I’ve got to start working on a plan! I’ll turn 59 while on this trip (July/August) – so maybe this birthday won’t count? Here is a picture of me at my recent 40th high school reunion (on the right). My friend with me is Robin – we’ve been best friends since we were 13!!
My thoughts are lightweight summer, easy care dresses, skirts and tops. We will probably have several functions as well as trying to sightsee and tour.
Can you brainstorm on my packing challenge? Thanks! Di
First of all I’d like to compliment you and your best friend on being true Glam Gals. You both look terrific!
Now, back to business….What a wonderful opportunity and for sure it will be an adventure of a lifetime! You certainly will want to be picky on what you bring but the good news is that warm weather clothes are not bulky and you will be able to sneak more into your suitcase! Your thoughts about lightweight dresses and skirts are just perfect. These are certainly the coolest option and it can be really hot and humid there. Here are a few more ideas:
The #1 space buster is shoes! So you will want to start with what shoes you want to bring and make sure your outfits work with them. 2 sandals, tennis shoes, and one pair of heels should be all you need.
Color: Make sure you pick a color theme and stick with it. You will get tired of black so make sure you have a few shots of color that will mix and match to keep you from feeling totally bored with your outfits!
Thin fabrics that won’t wrinkle: Jersey knit will be your best friend. You look like you are nice and tall so you can wear a wrap dress with some flat sandals and look terrific! These can roll up in your suitcase and take up no room at all!
Lightweight wrap: Evenings can still be hot so when you are off to an event you will want a lightweight wrap for the air-conditioning. A pashmina will work well and you can take it on the plane for an extra “blanket”.
Messenger bag: You will be doing a lot of walking and I’m sure some sightseeing while you are there. Instead of the dreaded fanny pack, bring along a messenger bag that you wear across your body. It will lighten the load and look stylish too! This should once again work with the style of clothes you are wearing, so it can be either super casual or a little more dressy. We will do a post on some different styles this week, so check back!
Ladies if you have any other ideas…please comment below!
Have a wonderful trip and please send me photos so I can share them!