Your trip is all mapped out, flights are booked, and now all you have left to do is pack. Not surprisingly, this can be one of the most stressful parts of traveling for many women. Deciding what to take and how much to take is hard. Pack too much and you’ll be forced to drag around heavy bags but pack the wrong things and you could end up with nothing to wear to that fancy party you were invited to. Packing a fashionable travel wardrobe will take some research and planning but you definitely don’t want to look back on your travel photos and cringe at your horrible outfits. Here are some tips to help you get started on creating the perfect travel wardrobe.
Aim to Pack Light
If you want to have the best trip possible, you don’t want to be lugging around a bunch of heavy luggage, trust me. Packing light lets you spend less time dragging bags up tight European stairwells and more time out enjoying your vacation. Google “Carry-On Only Challenge” and you will find hundreds of travelers who have committed to only ever traveling with carry-on luggage. Even on a long multi-week or month trip you should be able to pack light. Remember, there are laundry machines almost everywhere and if not, hand washing is an option that is actually better for your clothes. As much as we all hope and try to pack light though… it’s easier said than done.
Mix & Match
The absolute best way to create a fashionable travel wardrobe that still fits in your carry-on is to pack only things you can mix and match. Make sure all your clothing items fit within the same color family and have lots of basic, solid neutrals. You should be able to mix and match all your shirts, bottoms, jackets, scarves, etc to make multiple outfits out of only a few items. Add a few accessories and you can find yourself with dozens of travel options in as little as 10 pieces of clothing. As you chose your items, also consider your destination. For example, if you are traveling in winter, you’ll want a few long-sleeve shirts and sweaters you could mix and match.
Find Inspiration & Tips
If the idea of traveling with 10 pieces of clothing sounds nearly impossible, it’s time for a bit of inspirational research. Countless travelers have tackled the “minimal and fashionable” travel challenge and many have shared their tips online. Sites like Her Packing List and Travel Fashion Girl have dozens of complete packing lists with pictures and links to where you can buy items. Head over to Pinterest and search for travel wardrobes for even more inspiration.
When you begin to research travel wardrobes, you will no doubt come across unique, “built for travel” clothing. From zip-off pants to convertible dresses, these items can save you serious room in your luggage and give you even more options to mix and match. Most travel clothing is made with quick-dry fabrics that make hand-washing easier, along with wrinkle-free materials to keep you looking sharp. While the marketing around these items is slick, don’t let yourself go too far. If you are dressed head to toe in khaki, you are going to stick out like a sore thumb. While you might be able to pull this off in the jungle, you definitely don’t want to end up in a fashionable city like Paris dressed like a safari hunter.
Test It Out
Even if you think you have your fashionable travel wardrobe all figured out, don’t pack a single thing until you test it out at home. Wear what you plan to pack around the house and out in your hometown. Mix and match outfits to see what you can create. Be sure that everything looks good on your body-type, is comfortable, and fits your style. Even if a piece is highly recommended by dozens of travel bloggers and travel fashion sites, that doesn’t mean it will work for you. In the end, make sure everything you pack is something you like and will enjoy wearing.