A couple of times people have commented on my traveling style and it always makes me smile. Not necessarily because I consider myself to be super fashionable, but more because my main goal for travel is comfort + convenience and if that happens to come across as stylish I’m more than happy to embrace that description.
I travel quite a lot for work and also for m e , though for years I was one of the worst over packers there was. I crammed far too much in an already oversized suitcase and while I still use the same oversize suitcase you can find me making sure my photography gear gets top priority versus outfits. So rather than cram every cute shirt you have in your suitcase (I get it there is too much cute anymore), take a few steps and use a little math to make sure your suitcase won’t be overpacked.
Travel Style Equation.
That’s only ten pieces that can create so different many outfits. Life often doesn’t fit into an equation quite so neatly, so of course there will be times this simply won’t work – my trip down to the beach for instance – though asides from beach wear this was essentially what I packed along even for that trip.
Rather than you rolling your eyes and second guessing my tried and tested mathematical work (HA), I thought I would explain a bit of the reasons behind the equation:
Dresses vs bottoms
In my closest dresses and bottoms are easily interchanged, especially in the fall. I often slip sweaters or button downs easly over a dress with some boots. It’s an easy and carefree way to add a little bit of variety among my pre planned outfits. And if dresses aren’t your thing then lucky you – you get to add one more pair of jeans to your luggage!
Two. Max three.
That’s right. I believe simple traveling stays right around two pairs of shoes. Feel free to add in another one if you plan on working out or have a specific event to attend while on the road. Like I said, life rarely sticks to our ‘guides.’ But traveling really only requires one pair of shoes easy to get around in, though I think you deserve more than what you need and should have another pair you love reaching for.
These huarache-esque flats are possibly one of the best shoe decisions I have made in a while. They are a really nice cognac shade that pairs well with just about everything, plus they slip on and off like a dream.
How I haven’t always traveled with one of these all of my life I do not know. While I do think they are typically a fashion statement, they are an even better way to hide that second (or third) day travel hair we have always experienced. GigiPip has some of the cutest hats that are easily packable, but quite frankly I bring them on the plane with me since I often am rocking a hat/hiding my third day hair from fellow travelers.
I know limiting yourself before you even get on vacation is not really all that enticing. B U T I do think that by making sure your suitcase stays simple and fuss free, then you can focus on the important things whilst traveling.
What do you make sure your is tucked away in your suitcase?