Last month, I had the joy and pleasure of going on a three week adventure around France. France is incredibly beautiful, and I so enjoyed being able to see everything from the big cities to the rural countryside. Travelling in a campervan around France made it so we were able to stop and ago as we please, and also meant we got to see things that were off the beaten path.
For so many of us though, one of the biggest struggles of travelling comes down to the pre-travel pack up. Packing for a vacation, especially one that extends passed just a few days, is simply difficult. Especially going to Europe in the spring (and for three weeks), I found it quite a challenge to pack things that would work for the temperamental weather, would be comfortable, and would be stylish. And don’t even get me started on not knowing just how MUCH to pack – that was a job all on it’s own to figure out!
But while we were away, I figured out quickly which items were perfect for our European adventure, and which weren’t. Certain pieces quickly went from bottom of the luggage, to the top, and worn on repeat; while others simply were never worn and just traveled around France in my suitcase. Today I am sharing with you the pieces that proved themselves to be the most wearable, practical, and stylish while I was traveling (so you won’t have to pack two bags, when you only need one!)
How to Look Stylish While Travelling
Plan Outfits When you’re Packing
When you’re packing your items away, take your pants and skirts and see how they would look with the shirts you have set out. If a majority of your clothes can be mixed and matched you’ll be able to pack lighter and have a more versatile wardrobe while travelling. Don’t bother packing that shirt or skirt that only works with one other specific item.
Pack Solids (choose pants or shirts)
To ensure your clothes all match one another, pick one piece to be your “neutral” base. If you love bright printed shirts than pack neutral toned jeans and pants, or vice versa. You want your wardrobe to work for you while you’re on the road, and by packing all bold pieces you actually will make it more difficult for yourself to pick outfits day to day. Remember that neutrals always have a place in your wardrobe (even if they are kind of boring!)
Pack the Classics
To ensure you’ve packed a stylish wardrobe for your travels,be sure to pack along some of the classics. A denim jacket or vest, leather coat, a comfy (white, black or striped) t-shirt, little black dress, and great pair of jeans will take you far, and will often prove to be the perfect “completer” pieces in your travel capsule wardrobe. For example, nothing will turn a casual jeans and t-shirt look into something chic quite like a leather jacket will.
Plan for the Weather
If you’re heading to Europe in the spring, plan for sunshine and rain. Pack pieces that can be layered up when it’s cold, and can be worn alone when it’s warm. If you’re heading somewhere tropical for a fun in the sun vacation, than don’t bother bringing you’re warmest wool sweaters! Instead pack pieces that will help you feel cool in the heat like rompers, sundresses, and sun hats.
Make your feet and footwear your #1 priority when you’re packing. If you’re going on a vacation and plan to really go out, see the sights, and experience the city than you’re going to want to pack some comfortable walking shoes. To save space, and save your feet from blisters, forgo packing high uncomfortable heels. Pack along shoes that combine style with comfort such as sneakers, slip-ons, loafers, and ballet flats.
Embrace Laid Back Chic
Comfort is essential when you’re travelling, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to your sweat pants for your entire trip. Instead embrace a laid back casual style so that you look and feel your best while you’re walking, driving, or training around.
Pack 2 Lipstick Options
Regardless of how long you’re travelling for, having two lipstick options is a great way to instantly change your look. Pack one bold lip colour and one neutral. In addition to your lipsticks, also always pack a lipbalm.