4.01.2012

look book | travel style

I am one of those weird people who is terrified of heights, yet loves to fly.  I just always sit in an aisle seat.  I have been fortunate to be able to travel quite a bit and have learned some valuable lessons about what to pack and what to leave at home.  Today we are going to talk about how to pack savvy with style.

Do: Wear a shoe that is easy to slip off at security.  I made the mistake once of wearing a knee-high, zip-up boot on a plane.  Will not do that again.  TOMS are awesome for terminal trekking.

Don't: Overdo it on the jewelry, or you will become close personal friends with the security personnel.  If you can leave off the belt, go without it.

Do: Pick a bag that will easily close.  I love messenger bags because they are spacious, yet will securely shut.  At Reagan National last week, I watched a poor girl spill her straw tote and her belongings went everywhere. 

Don’t: Pack your entire life into your carry-on luggage.  On that same trip I ended up behind a family of three who had, I kid you not, nine plastic bins of carry-on luggage to go through security.  I know that baggage fees are bananas these days, but surely there is a simpler and more efficient way to travel with a toddler.

Some visual ideas on how to keep it simple~

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Airports can be cold, regardless of the time of the year, so I am a big fan of layering.

On a trip to Atlantic City several years ago, I thought that I was packing smart by including a couple of pair of Coach flats.  By the end of Day 1, my feet were bloody and I was in tears.  I headed straight for the Nike store and bought the first pair that I saw.  Big clunky sneakers can ruin the most put-together outfit, but I have found Converse to be an equally comfy, yet cuter solution.

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The Husband is a cruising enthusiast, so we have our third cruise planned for the summer.  TBH, of all of the places that we have traveled, packing for a giant floating hotel seems to be the easiest.  I always pack two swimsuits because I LOATHE putting on wet suits.  And always include a dress for dinner—you don’t have to look as though you are meeting the Queen, but do plan to dress up. 

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Always, ALWAYS check the weather.  And if you are headed to Chicago and the forecast says rain, toss out everything that I just said and just pack every piece of rain gear that you own.  I am talking rain boots, rain coat, water repellant gloves, gor tex socks, and waterproof underwear.  Trust me, I learned this the hard way.

What are your travel tips? Do you have any packing dos/don’ts?

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2 comments:

  1. These are great tips. love what you put together in these outfits too!

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  2. For as much as I travel it's amazing what horrible packer I am. I always overpack and I'm horrible at multitasking outfits. Really the only trip I plan well for is one of the warm weather sailing cruise variety (not your variety of cruising ... sailboat-type cruising) when all you need is a swimsuit, two pairs of shorts, two t-shirts, flip flops and a bottle of sunscreen.

    I really wish I could improve my packing skills....

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