Going on vacation is the perfect opportunity to wind down, kick back, and of course, look your best!  While relaxation and fun may be on the top of your vacation to-do list, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t look great while doing it!  

Whether you’re headed to the beach or a cabin in the woods, looking cute on your vacation won’t just help you capture better photos to share with friends and family, but it will boost your confidence and add to the overall enjoyment of the trip. If you’re getting ready to pack for your vacation, here are some of the best tips for feeling and looking cute and your best throughout the trip.

Don’t Forget Your Hands and Feet

Sometimes when packing for a trip we’re so focused on what to put in our suitcase that we forget about one accessory we will be wearing every single day— our hands and feet! Whether you DIY coral peach nails at home or you go to the salon for a full-fledged mani and pedi, make sure that your hands and feet don’t go forgotten, since that will also help you in looking cute. 

This is especially important if you’re going to a beach destination. You’ll be spending a lot of time looking at your feet and hands while sunbathing, and bare nails or chipped polish isn’t going to make you feel your best!  Ideally, gel polish is the best choice since you know it won’t come off for at least two weeks.

Bring Versatile Clothing

Even though the weather report might say one thing, you never know what can change. Rather than relying entirely on the anticipated temperature, brace yourself for unpredictable weather

Even if you’re going to a tropical location, you should always bring a light sweater and long pair of pants— because you never know where you could find yourself early in the morning or late at night. The same goes for going to a cold destination. Bring at least one t-shirt so that you know if the weather is warmer you won’t be suffering in thick wool. Cozy, versatile, and fashionable is always the way to go.


While your outfits will play a crucial part in your overall vacation look and in looking cute in them, don’t forget the importance of accessorizing. Whether a hat, a purse, or a long chunky necklace, play around with different accessories to enhance the overall look and feel of your fashion. The best part about accessories is that they allow you to pack later.  You can completely transform the same outfit with the help of just a few accessories meaning less clothing taking up your suitcase.

Embrace Local Style

One of the most enjoyable parts of dressing up on vacation is absorbing the local style. Add a splash of whatever destination you’re in to complete your look. If you’re on the beach in Mexico, top off your outfit with a colorful sarong. If you’re in Morocco, consider a long-flowing skirt. While you don’t have to entirely appropriate the culture of wherever you are, a touch of local style will help you feel you’re playing the part.

Get Your Hair Done

All too often we place a great deal of emphasis on what we’re wearing, and forget about the one thing we wear every single day, our hair!  Get your hair done before you go so that you don’t have to worry about your color fading or unsightly roots making a statement on your trip. 

The best way to enjoy your trip is to feel as confident as possible, and what better way to do that than to have a freshly styled head of hair?

Invest in a Cute Suitcase

Suitcases don’t come cheap, especially if you buy a high-quality one that will last you for years. However, splurging on a cute suitcase for your vacation won’t just bring aesthetic perks to your trip, but it can also be much more practical. For example, if you buy a suitcase that is easy to spot in a crowd of boring black ones, it will be much faster to find your luggage at the carousel. Not to mention you can express your own personal style, and feel even more competent walking through the airport. 

And what could be more Hollywood perfect than getting out of the airplane, with a suitcase in hand that makes you feel fresh out of a movie set?

Don’t Forget Perfume

If you want to not only feel your best on your vacation but also leave a lasting impression, then you want to make sure that you bring the right scent. Not only will your perfume make you feel more confident about yourself, particularly if you’re in a warmer location where you may be sweating quite a bit, but whatever perfume you decide to wear on your trip will forever remind you of your vacation from this point on. 

Any time you smell the same perfume that you were on your trip you’ll be instantly transported back to your tropical destination.

Invest in a High-Quality Suit

You can forget about buying a bathing suit from the mall, or something you’ve had sitting around in your closet for over a decade. You deserve a high-quality suit that hugs you in all the right places! The truth is that bathing suits are rarely forgiving, and everyone’s silhouette is different. Treat yourself to a bathing suit that flatters your particular body shape, and will stand out on the beach in a sea of sameness.

In other words, instead of dropping twenty bucks for a suit, consider spending something more like 100, and you’ll see a significant difference not only in the way that you look but also the way that you feel and carry yourself.

Work Out

We get it— you’re on vacation, and the last thing you probably feel like doing is going to the gym. However, vacations are full of splurging, treating yourself, and indulging. You’ll feel much better about yourself if you balance out your indulgences with a little bit of movement. 

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to lift weights or run for an hour a day, but make sure that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Balancing out calories with a little movement is the best way to find balance on your trip.