Liz Lange, fashion guru, Target’s maternity design partner and fashionable on-the-go-mom, shares her tips on how pregnant women can stay chic during babymoon travels—without ever checking a bag.
1. Make a list and check it twice.
Create a list before you begin packing to keep the process organized and ensure you’re bringing only the necessary items. As I always say, when in doubt, leave it out! Consider where you’re going, who you’ll be seeing and, of course, climate. If you’re heading to a tropical location, pack an assortment of flowy dresses. I love these maxi dresses from my Target collection—they can be dressed up or down for dinner or a day by the pool.
2. Stick with a color scheme.
Maximize versatility and suitcase space by packing items that fit within a three-way color scheme: I recommend two neutrals and an accent color. My favorites are black, gray and turquoise or brown, tan and red. Mix and match pieces in these palettes and you’ll have several interchangeable vacation looks that flatter a baby bump.
3. Wear the bulkiest items en route.
Avoid wasting prime real estate in your carry-on by wearing any jackets, chunky shoes and jeans on the plane instead of packing them. Make sure your jeans are comfortable and have some stretch, like a pair from my collection with an expandable belly band and a versatile dark wash.
4. Load up on accessories.
Accessories are size-less, easily easy to wedge into suitcase corners and can transform your look without a complete outfit change. I’m partial to brightly colored scarves and statement jewelry.
5. Roll ‘em!
Rolling is a great space-saving, wrinkle-reducing technique for packing clothes. It works for shirts, pants, shorts, skirts and dresses, and is a fun way to get the kids involved in packing.