Cheers to Friday, friends, and the weekend ahead! We’re soaking up our last days at the beach before heading home for all things back to school! I think I’m dreading it as much as the kids…I just love having them home! I hope y’all have had a wonderful summer, too!
I get a lot of questions when we travel, but the most reoccurring during the Summer months are ‘Don’t your feet get cold flying in sandals?’ and ‘How do you pack your straw hat?’
I answered the first question a few weeks ago, and shared everything I pack in my carry-on bag for long flights (see it here), and today I’m spilling the simple trick for packing hats! And if you’ve been following me for a minute, you know I never travel without a hat, regardless of the season!
Of course in the Summer they’re perfect for protecting your face and shielding your eyes in the sun, but just as important, they allow me to get away with completely disheveled hair! But really, that’s half the reason I’m wearing a hat in every vacation photo…I literally don’t bring a hair dryer or curling iron on beach trips…it’s 100% natural, air-dried, hot-mess hair, and I love it! (See what I mean here, here and here!)
So let’s talk about how I get said hat to my final destination! Sometimes I just carry it on the plane, placing it in the overhead bin if there’s room, or tucking it at my feet. But most times I pack it, especially if I want to bring more than one hat!
It really is so simple, I almost feel silly writing a post about it…but it’s literally my number one question lately about travel!
How to Pack a Hat
- To keep the hat from getting smushed or collapsing, fill the crown with smaller items like swimsuits, undergarments or tank tops. I store my swimsuits in ziplock bags at home, which makes it really easy to grab-and-go, and keeps them organized in my suitcase. They’re also the perfect size to stuff the crown.
- Flip the hat and place it on the flat surface inside your empty suitcase. I use this hard-shell bag, but it works with soft bags, as well. Just place the hat on the bottom, not the top ‘flap’.
- Pack remaining items around the hat, holding its form and keeping it in place.
See, so simple! And the same theory applies if you want to pack multiple hats.
- Stack the hats to form a single hat, with the largest hat on the outside.
- Fill the crown with other items.
- Place in empty suitcase and pack around it!
Y’all know I’m a hard-core fan of the eBags, too. They have literally changed the way I travel, and my family never packs without them anymore. I made a little video sharing the packing process in this post. I use the medium size most often, but the assorted pack is a great place to start. (Find more packing tips here.)
And don’t forget, this is the final weekend for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! All the fun Fall things go to full price Sunday at midnight. You can see all my favorite finds here, but these are my top picks. Happy weekend, lovebugs!
- Barefoot Dreams Hooded Cardigan or Circle Cardigan
- NeuLash Enhancing Serum (miracle worker!)
- Block Heel Ankle Bootie
- Undies (so comfy with no creeping up or lines!)
- Ruffle Sleeve Tee
- Leopard Pumps
- Cowlneck Tunic
- Pajama Set
- Filigree Statement Earrings
- Long Sleeve Layering Tee
*Photos by the darling Audrey Dollins*