With more and more people getting vaccinated, the travel industry is expected to pick up this summer like never before. I was able to get the Pfizer vaccine early because of underlying conditions, and the minute I was cleared by my doctor, I was back on the road traveling again. I’m certain many people will follow suit for the cleverly-titled “shot girl summer,” dressing up and socializing to make up for lost time. But it’s not always easy to figure out what to pack for a week trip, especially post quarantine.
For my first trip after getting vaccinated, I went to Palm Springs for what my friends and I dubbed Fauxchella, a week of socially distanced fun and relaxation around the same time the Coachella festival usually takes place (it’s been cancelled for two years in a row). And I packed a ton of fashion essentials that made me excited about dressing up again.
After wearing sweats and pajamas for a year, it felt great to pull out my old bright-colored dresses, summer hats, and yes, even high heels. Even though it was admittedly hard to get back in the swing of socializing and even being around strangers, my outfits helped me to start feeling like myself again.
My surroundings inspired me a lot when it came to getting dressed: I stayed at the Dive Palm Springs, a quaint, boutique resort inspired by the 1960s French Riviera. With lush foliage, a heated pool and jacuzzi, and towering palm trees, it felt like I was transported to the South of France for the weekend. And as someone who desperately misses international travel, that’s just what I needed. Feeling the ‘60s retro vibes, I dressed the part: sweeping maxi dresses, straw bags, strappy sandals, and more.
Ahead, find everything you should pack for your first vacation out of quarantine.
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