When I first started traveling I had no idea what to pack. I packed things that were impractical and a lot of times I found myself with nothing to wear and with lots of pieces of jewellery and accessories that I didn’t need but took up a lot of space in my suitcase. I used to travel with a large suitcase but nowadays I only travel with a carry-on and a small backpack even on trips of 10 to 14 days. Over the years I fine-tuned my packing skills to match the travel experiences I want to pursue. The time I spend packing has been reduced to 30 minutes because of go to items that always make it into my bag. These are some of the items that have been tried and tested over the years to meet my needs for comfort and versatility.
1. Military Jacket. This is a lighter version of a military jacket because it’s made from a blend of linen and cotton. It packs nicely and I don’t have to worry about it getting wrinkled because it’s a part of linen’s casual look. This jacket goes well with jeans or over a dress. I bought it at RW&Co a few years ago but this spring military jackets are sold in many retail stores such as Zara and H&M .
2. Loose T-shirt. Nowadays I prefer loose-fitting tees. They’re comfortable and drape nicely over jeans or tucked in a skirt. I got this grey one from Joe Fresh and I wear it all the time. I’m planning to get a few other colors.
3. Chambray Shirt. This shirt is from Lord & Taylor and can be worn as a jacket over a t-shirt or as a blouse with jeans or a skirt. It’s made from 100% linen and breathes nicely in warm, humid temperatures. I’m thinking of getting a similar one in denim cotton.
4. Understated Necklace. I used to wear a lot of silver but lately I found a new appreciation for golden costume jewelry like this delicate chain with cube pendant. I got this as a gift from the home decor store Zone.
5. Skinny Jeans. I found this soft pair of jeans at Gap and I love it. They have a mid rise waist and they are very comfortable. I love the color because I can dress them up or down which makes them a versatile piece.
6. Toms Espadrilles. If you own a pair of Toms I don’t have to tell you about the level of comfort of these shoes but I will anyway: they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I walk for 8 to 10 hours a day when I travel and these are great on my feet even in warm temperatures. This is my second pair. I wore the first pair until they fell apart. Love them!
7. Oversized Watch. I’ve had this Swatch for at least 8 years and it still works great. When I travel I try to lose track of time but I need a watch when our plans require us to catch a train or a plane.
I wear items like these until they fade and fall apart and then replace them with similar items. I hope you find this useful and you can take away some ideas that will make you packing faster and easier.