Packing Guide: Fall Weekend In Charleston

Packing Guide Charleston

It’s been over two months since our trip to Charleston, but it’s still on my mind.

Amazing food. Wonderful people. A beautiful town.

The opportunity to wear dresses that aren’t black (or gray, or blue).

Did I mention the food?

Here’s a look at what I packed. My number one tip – pack items that can accommodate a food baby.

You’ll thank me later.

What To Pack For A Fall Weekend In Charleston

blouset-shirtslong t-shirt
shortspantstan dresspatterned desscape
hatflatsmulesbucket bagclutch

DRESSES

If you want to blend in with the locals a bit, pack a few (non-black!) dresses to wear in the evenings. This shirtdress and this patterned one were perfect picks for me – classic, not too girly, and hides my stuffed belly after a wonderful dinner.

TOPS

While I typically recommend wearing every item you pack twice, shirts + hot climates are the exception. Pack 1 shirt for every day and evening (unless you’re wearing a dress). For Charleston, I packed my favorite J.Crew t-shirts, an Equipment blouse, and a tunic-length top to wear with my wide legged pants for the flight home.

BOTTOMS

I packed these shorts to wear in Charleston and pants for the flight there and back. Swap the shorts for jeans or ponté pants for a winter trip, and you’re set.

OUTERWEAR

Truth be told, I only wore this cape during the flight. If I were heading down now, I would add this coat – it’s lightweight but warm, really flattering, and goes with everything.

SHOES

These Sam Edelman flats are the best – really comfortable, classic, and they go with everything. In the evenings, white mules (mine are a lower-heeled version from Zara) dressed up my evening look, but were still comfortable enough to walk to dinner in.

No third pair needed.

BAGS

This Mansur Gavriel bucket bag is a packing (and style) powerhouse – it fits a TON, is fairly weather-proof, and is just beautiful. It was the perfect bag for the flight and for daytime wandering. In the evenings, my Chanel WOC (wallet-on-chain) held everything I needed – my phone, credit card, hotel room key, and a lipstick.

HAT

Panama hat for the win. I own and love this one from J.Crew.

Have you been to Charleston? What did you pack? COMMENT below and let me know!

See what I packed for a fall weekend in Baltimore, a winter weekend in Miami, and a summer vacation in Scandinavia.

  • Liz C.

    I just spent last weekend in Charleston, and I’m already trying to figure out when I can go back. #slightlyobsessed
    I would definitely argue for that third pair of shoes if you do the history-nerd walking and/or house museum tours – my Sauconys saved my feet on those older streets.

    • hithaonthego

      Good point – I was okay in these flats (they’re amazing!), but sneakers are far better suited for cobblestoned streets.

  • Those pants look dreamy. Sleek wide legs with a comfy elastic waistband? Yes please :)

    • hithaonthego

      I’m embarrassed at how many pairs I own from Zara (with matching t-shirts). I think we’re up to…three? It makes for the BEST travel outfit though!

  • Heather Garbo

    My favorite place to visit in the U.S.! Comfortable walking sandals are a must-pack for me, and the only shoes I bring. I swear by my Dansko and Naot pairs…both are dressy enough to wear with a sundress to even the fancier Charleston restaurants. I also always bring a packable sun hat.

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