Travelling is a lot of fun, although it can sometimes cause quite a bit of stress. The biggest stress creator is definitely packing. How do you ensure you take enough comfortable and stylish items when you don’t have a lot of checked baggage space? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind to help you stay stylish and comfortable on your travels.
Start by checking out the travel weather
Before you even begin browsing through your wardrobe, look at the weather forecast. What does it say? You don’t want to waste time packing a bunch of tops if you are only going to witness rain and wind. You want to be optimistic but a realist – if it doesn’t predict +30 temperature but more like +10, then you should reflect this in your packing.
Now, it’s also important to consider a bit what the weather will be when you leave and return. You might be off to Mallorca but the weather at home might be snowy as you return. Therefore, you want to wear items that keep you comfortable.
It’s not just the weather either – in certain places, you also need to consider the local culture when packing. For example, if you are travelling to Islamic countries, you need to ensure you have enough items to dress up conservatively in public places.
Focus on the basics that mix and match
You shouldn’t pick items individually but keep in mind the bigger picture. In an ideal situation, you want each item to match with at least 80% of the other items on your luggage. This means forgetting any big statement pieces and hard to match fabrics or patterns.
Go for your favourite jeans in and add a few casual t-shirts and a few more dressy shirts and blouses. If you know for sure you want to wine and dine in a more fancy location, pick a pair of khakis (if you’re a guy) and a simple black dress (if you’re a girl). These are formal enough but won’t look out of place when paired with a more casual setting. Pick colours that are casual, matching and suitable for both casual and formal situations.
The key is to make sure you can layer your items, and mix and match them as much as you want. This ensures you don’t run out of things to wear and that you find something suitable for all occasions.
You can find great everyday items online. Girls should consider shopping online with H&M and ASOS, while guys can take advantage of Jacamo discount codes. Your travel clothing should be basic and comfortable – no need to blow a lot of money updating your wardrobe for a holiday.
Add more personality with accessories
Now, the above advice doesn’t mean your travel clothing should be boring. You can add personality to your style but just do it with accessories instead of the clothes.
For example, a few jewellery items can instantly transform casual jeans and a t-shirt outfit into something a bit more chic. You could also play with scarfs – a big scarf is the perfect travel companion. You can snuggle underneath it when you feel cold and it’s not too difficult to tug inside a bag when you don’t need it.
With accessories, you don’t want to go overboard. So, don’t pack everything you got and do leave the more expensive items back home. Remember you can often make great findings at your destination!
Pay attention to the shoes
In terms of style and comfort, your shoes will play a big role. You should definitely consider using your shoes as a playful accessory. Pick something brightly coloured or a pair of shoes with a cool design.
However, do remember that you will be walking a lot on your travels. Therefore, the shoes must be first and foremost comfortable. You also want to ensure you wear the heaviest pair during travel – this leaves more room in your bag. Focus on having just two, maximum three, pairs of shoes.
You need a good pair of walking shoes – trainers that aren’t too fancy but also go well with jeans and a blazer, for example. You can then add a pair of more formal shoes for your evening dinner. If you know you need another pair for a specific occasion, such as hiking boots, include these to your list as well. Just think twice about buying flip-flops for beach – you can find these cheaper at your destination in most cases.
With the above tips and ideas, you can travel in style without forgetting about comfort and you’ll leave enough room for cosmetics and other items. Remember that travelling is more about the experience and not a fashion show – as long as you are having fun, you’ll look good as well!