You’ve planned your trip, bought your tickets, reserved you hotel. Now what to pack! With today’s luggage restrictions, packing has almost become a science. How much can you squeeze into one bag and how can you be sure you’ve brought the right thing? Plus, even when you’re on vacation, it’s a good idea to dress nicely as a tourist. An attractive, stylish outfit makes you feel good and makes a great impression on the people you meet!
Most travel/style experts recommend a “capsule wardrobe”. Select 10-12 items of clothing that are durable, easy to wash and quick-drying, lend themselves well to a variety of different settings, and can be easily mixed and matched.
Depending on how much space you have, check out these stylish “packing” tips
When you have only one carry-on
- 1-2 dark (black, navy, dark brown) pair of pants that would be acceptable for informal occasions as well as a night out on the town (not jeans unless they are dark wash).
- Yoga/sweat pants
- Long sleeved single colour top (quality T-shirt or v-neck) you can wear on its own or under something else
- Short sleeved or sleeveless T-shirt
- A fitted jacket (long, or short). Leather is a great option because it works as casual as well as formal
- Great (colourful) scarf (or tie) to dress up the T-shirt if needed
- An extra pair of shoes (always). Select something comfortable but better than sneakers, e.g. ballet flats/ankle boots for women; loafers/ankle boots for men
- A great, simple piece of jewelry (watch, pair of earrings, silver chain necklace)
- Collared shirt (for men) in a wrinkle-resistant fabric
- Chose quality cotton, Marino wool, cashmere or cashmere/silk mix that looks good and doesn’t wrinkle!
- Stick to a single colour palette for basics (black, taupe, navy, etc.) and neutral tops. Add colour with your jacket, a scarf, tie, bright bag or jewelry.
When you have extra space
- Add an extra pair of pants
- Simple black dress and dark tights for women
- Wide cashmere wrap for women, handy for going out or if it gets cold
- V-neck sweater to wear with or without a T-shirt underneath
And just before you go, remember
- Check the weather a couple days ahead so you can make some last minute adjustments
- If you plan to shop when you’re away, remember to leave space in your bag
- Consider getting a manicure before you go. You’ll feel more put together
- Don’t stress too much about packing. Depending on where you are going, you usually can buy that extra t-shirt that you find you need. Some of the best wardrobe items were purchased as “emergencies”!