The excitement of an upcoming vacation is amazing. The question of what to pack…not so much. Whether your destination is a tropical beach or an epic ski vacation, taking the time for your next vacation is special as it’s a great break from normal life — but we also want to feel beautiful! Right, ladies? But how do we pare down all of our want-to-take to what-we-actually-should-pack? With these easy stylish travel tips, travel will look good on you.
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9 Stylish Travel Tips
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Flight booked, Hotel booked. Now…what to pack? That may seem like the million-dollar question (especially to women) as the challenge is that we want to look good yet be comfortable.
What shoes to take? Dress up? Or dress down? How many outfits to pack? What to leave in, or leave out. When we travel, we want to dress like a star, but we also have those pesky baggage restrictions. We’re breaking down your packing list with what to take, what to leave behind, and what pieces are versatile with these 9 stylish travel tips.
1. Pack hard-working basics.
If your travel plans include a flight, that checked bag and weight allowance restrictions are (to say the least) annoying. Plan to pack basics that can be dressed up or down in lots of ways.
A good pair of dark jeans can be worn with a t-shirt for daytime, or styled with a blouse and heels for dinner. A white shirt can be worn for a smart dinner, open over a vest top for the day, or as a beach cover-up. Add a few statement pieces and you have a workable vacation wardrobe.
Try to pack short-sleeved tees in various colors for more style options and to dress according to your mood for the day. Choose quality cotton ones, so you can be more comfortable and free while exploring places.
2. Accessorize, girl!
Colorful scarves and chunky necklaces can dress up those classic basics to create interesting, stylish outfits. Your shoes and bag choice can also make things more interesting. Simple earrings can be worn across many styles of outfits.
3. Pack layers.
Layers are perfect stylish options to change up outfits. Light cardigans can be worn on cooler evenings, or knot a shirt over a pretty dress.
4. Inspire your wardrobe.
Follow stylish, aspirational travel bloggers, like Ashley and Constance, for ideas to keep things glamorous when you’re globe-trotting.
5. Consider your destination.
Packing for hot weather is always easier when mixing and matching outfits. Check the weather forecast for wherever you’re going, but don’t forget to consider culture too.
Traveling somewhere more conservative? Pack light shawls or jackets to cover shoulders when necessary. Consider longer dresses or maxi skirts to stay cool in hot climates while still covering your legs.
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6. Show off your stylish travel with some great selfies.
If you’re feeling glam, why not share it with the folks at home with a well-taken selfie for your social media channels? You can use your own Instagram as a record of vacation outfits that worked too, so when you’re heading to a similar climate, you can look back and see what you wore and felt good in.
7. Invest in a good blanket scarf.
This multi-purpose item can be a great travel piece. The temperature on planes can be unpredictable, so you can use it to sleep under while traveling if it’s cold.
Once off the plane, wear it as a wrap on cooler evenings or to cover your shoulders when visiting more conservative areas like churches. Wrap it over your swimsuit, use it as a beach towel, and you have a very versatile piece.
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8. Create a packing list.
Think about what kind of outfits you’re going to need and make a list of the clothing you’ll want. You can plan outfits and make sure you have pieces that will work in multiple outfits. Packing with a list means you’ll have everything you need and won’t arrive and realize you forgot a favorite dress.
9. Pack Travel Minis
Pop some miniatures in your bag for flying so you can freshen up when you land. A mini deodorant, some face wipes, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a hairbrush can help you feel much better after a long flight.