I absolutely love travelling. Exploring new destinations, sampling exotic cuisines and soaking in the local street style – what’s not to love? Having said that, I cannot deny that travelling can be extremely stressful, especially when it comes to packing the right pieces in order to look fashionably fabulous throughout my vacation. Over the years, I have garnered a few handy tips that allow me to stay stylish throughout my travels. As the summertime is approaching and most of you are planning to jet off on a holiday, I hope that this post will help you travel in style.
Now, I know it can be extremely tempting to pack your entire closet into your suitcase. Not only will you be over the weight limit; you will also spend most of your time mixing and matching outfits rather than enjoying your break. The best way to beat the stress of planning outfits is to pick a theme for your vacation wardrobe and only select pieces that fall under it. My go-to palette for travelling is white, blue and black, so I only pack garments in these colours. This usually ensures that almost everything you take with you will match with everything else, so you do not really have to worry about pairing outfits every morning. Just throw it on!
I also like to carry one or two fancy dresses for unexpected dinner dates and formal affairs. When it comes to shoes, I only need two pairs – one for daily wear and a pair of statement heels. I might carry add a pair of flip-flops if I am heading to a beach destination but that is really all you need. Of course, your daily wear shoes should be simple and neutral enough to match any outfit. Right now, I am using a pair of comfortable chain strap sandals in a beautiful shade of beige.
Finally, I like to pack a few pieces of statement jewellery to add some extra pizzazz to my outfits. You will usually find me travelling with two or three eye-catching necklaces and a couple of cocktail rings. Jewellery is the finishing touch to your outfit so ensure that you carry at least one piece for the day and one for the night. I prefer metallic tones rather than coloured pieces because metal is more versatile. Of course, if you are holidaying for more than a week, you might need to carry an extra piece – that is totally up to you.
Can I let you in on a secret? I absolutely hate ironing, more so when I am on holiday. However, I also know that creased clothes are a major faux pas. That is why I prefer to roll my clothes instead of folding them. Along with helping me save a lot of space in my suitcase; it also ensures that my clothes are relatively crease-free when I take them out of the bag. Ladies, trust me when I tell you that you should never pack messily – you will regret it later.
Finally, I totally recommend that every woman should travel with a cute scarf or a vibrant sarong. It might sound like an item of no consequence, but this strip of cloth can play many roles on your vacation – a chic head-wrap, an emergency towel, a makeshift pillow and even a halter neck top if you drape it correctly. I simply cannot do without one!