As much as I love clothes, there aren’t many things that stress me out more than packing outfits for a trip. There are just so many unknowns…if it gets chilly I’ll need a jacket, but what jacket can I bring that matches all the outfits I have laid out? I don’t know if we’re going out to a nice dinner or not, and maybe I should bring some heels? And then what about matching accessories?! How do I remember to bring all the right lipsticks to match the outfits? And then of course I’ll do a little shopping when we get there, so I need to leave some room in my bag….but it’s already full to the brim! I’m stressing myself out just writing this right now!
I certainly don’t have this process figured out, but ultimately I think the best travel packing advice is to keep it simple. Plain tops and bottoms with minimal accessories do the trick, and make sure everything is functional. Yes, those mini crossbody bags are cute, but can they really hold your money, cell phone, sunglasses, and lip gloss without busting a zipper? Yes, espadrilles are adorable, but are they comfortable enough to walk several miles over the course of the day? When your ensemble isn’t functional, you end up thinking about your discomfort instead of enjoying your travel.
My husband and I spent the weekend in Dresden, and this was my outfit for a full day of sightseeing. I really like this loose sleeveless button up for comfort and breathability when I’m spending all day walking outside. It gets a lot of airflow, and the black is so easy to match with other items. If you are on a longer trip a top like this could be tucked into a skirt or tied in a knot at the waist on other days to get more bang for your buck. As you can tell from the photos it got a little wrinkly, but the black helps camouflage that.
I usually only pack one pair of jeans for a trip as long as it is less than 5 days, and I’ve learned that you want to pack your tightest pair. As you walk around they’ll start to loosen up, and if you start with a normal/slightly loose pair you’ll be hiking them up every 5 seconds which is so annoying. The tighter ones stay up better and they let me know when I’m indulging in one too many vacation treats…my stomach doesn’t have as much room to grow!
I got this taupe-y leather crossbody bag several years ago at the leather market in Florence, Italy and it’s amazing. Just big enough to fit all my travel essentials, and just small enough to not mind carrying around all day. She has a lot of miles on her, but I think the leather wears it well. I’m so glad I chose this color, too, since it goes with almost anything.
How do you pack for a trip? Any great travel tips?
Top: Old Navy – similar / Jeans: Old Navy – similar / Sandals: Target – similar – similar / Bag: Unknown – similar – similar / Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs – exact – similar / Bracelets: Alex and Ani – exact – exact – exact (under $20) / Earrings: Kohl’s – similar
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