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Santa Fe Packing Tips for Over-40 Fashionistas

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by Thea Wood, TheaWood.com

My Santa Fe packing tips are different in 2017 than they would have been last year. So I’m glad I waited until my latest trip to write this post. Why are they different? Because I had more time to shop around and discovered that Santa Fe is a Fashionista Destination!

My husband and I drive to Santa Fe from Austin, Texas as part of our now annual trek to Colorado.  New Mexico is flat and uneventful until we get to the state capital, which is the oldest capital in the U.S. thanks to the Spaniards. After reading these tips, you may want to look up Santa Fe’s local history on Wikipedia because it’s truly fascinating and just may inspire you the way it inspired the late, great Georgia O’Keeffe.

Santa Fe Packing Tips #1

In some ways, I’m tempted to say “Take an empty suitcase and a credit card with great mileage perks.” But that wouldn’t make for much of a packing tips post, now would it? So, let’s rephrase it and say that there are so many irresistible clothing and accessories boutiques in Santa Fe that you’ll want to leave plenty of room in your valise for your new acquisitions. There will be many (unless you have that magical gift of window shopping that doesn’t include the actual shopping part).

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Shop the lookbook!

Santa Fe Packing Tips #2

Walk the plaza, hit Museum Hill, or take part in their own version of Burning Man called Fiestas de Santa Fe.  Whatever your pleasure, walking about town isn’t nearly as taxing as I expected. But there are some unpaved and uneven streets to contend with.   Stylish footwear is on point, but this isn’t a L.A.  “Comfortably chic” shoes comes to mind. I suggest:

— strappy flat sandals

— thick-soled walking shoe or ankle boot

— strappy wide heels/platforms (summer), low to mid-height heeled boots (winter)

READ ALL FOUR PACKING TIPS

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