|Who's excited for Missoni at Target in less than a week? This girl! (Source)|
|Fun and Modern (Source)|
|Classic yet feminine (Source)|
|Preppy and girlie (Source)|
|A Longchamp tote makes a perfect personal item--it fits under the seat in front of you, while being roomy and durable (Source)|
|Another adorable tote option (Source)|
|Super cute luggage tag with the smart girl's travel mantra (Source)|
Once you've selected the right bag, choosing what to bring with you is key. Now obviously that's going to be dictated by where you're going/what you're doing, but there are some tips that can help streamline the items you select no matter where you're going:
- Start early: Packing light means packing strategically, so you can just throw everything in to your suitcase the night before you leave. I'd suggest laying everything out at least a week ahead of time to see what you have and what you can cut out. Try everything on and make sure that it all fits and flatters your body. (Nothing worse that realizing that you look 10 lbs heavier in all your vacation photos because of poor fashion choices) Make sure it all fits in your suitcase and eliminate unnecessary items.
- Stick to one color palette: By choosing one or two neutral colors to base your wardrobe around, you give yourself a lot more outfit options to play with, plus it helps reduce the amount of shoes/accessories you'll need. Black is a pretty fool proof base color for most city/international travel, and tan pairs nicely with it all year round. For summer travel, I like navy and white as neutrals, and then I find that brown or gray works well for fall/winter. Choose simple, well-made pieces, and then incorporate a few complimentary pops of color, but try to stay away from bringing tons of different patterns as those will be more difficult to mix and match.
- Layer layer layer: Bringing a combination of clothing that can accommodate a wide range of weather is key. It's nice to start with a simple tank or tee, and be able to add a long sleeve top, a light jacket, and a rain coat in case the weather should change. Scarves are another great item that I never travel without (I love them so much they got their own post awhile back!) because they are both functional and stylish. They can add a splash of color to your outfit, and then serve as a shawl should the weather turn cool, plus if you buy them while you're on vacation they make great souvenirs.
- Limit yourself to two pairs of shoes: I know that some of you are probably reading this and thinking that I am cray cray, but hear me out. Shoes take up a TON of space, and so by bringing the least amount of pairs you can the better off you'll be. Now I understand that certain types of travel will require more footwear depending on the occasion/activities planned, but for most vacations where you're just going to be sightseeing and walking around, two pairs of shoes will be plenty. The basic rule of thumb is that one pair should be more casual and the other more dressy, so depending on the destination that may mean a flat leather boot and a more dressy pair of ballet flats, a hiking shoe and a cute sandal, or maybe a pair of TOMS and a pair of heels. Whatever the case may be, really think about what you're going to be doing each day and ask yourself whether you really need that extra pair of shoes. (I'd also suggest sticking in a pair of flip flops but I won't count that towards your two pairs or shoes since they're flat!) Also, make sure that you break any pair of shoes in before you bring it on a trip. Chances are you're going to be doing a lot more walking on a vacation then you normally do and there is nothing worse than realizing that your shoes give you blisters when you land overseas. (Trust me, I'm speaking from experience on that one!)
- Choose clothing that travels well: If you're really trying to travel light, chances are that you're going to have to do laundry on your trip. By choosing clothing that dries quickly, you can wash a few pieces at your hotel or hostel and know that they'll be ready to wear again in no time. It's also important to choose fabrics that resist wrinkling and that will look good every time you pull them out of your suitcase.
Have a fabulous weekend and happy travels lovelies! xoxo