We all know the drill of packing for a holiday or a business trip – it can be a test! But no matter who you’re traveling with or where you’re going, it’s definitely possible to pack light and travel in luxury! Here’s a handy guide to smart packing.
The keyword is versatile
The word versatile is essential when packing! No matter the destination – or the occasion, you should appreciate shoes, bags and clothing that can be worn in several ways! Think simple and multi-functional items such as white shirts and black shoes that fit into your travel activities. These items can do double duty and save you a lot of space in your suitcase.
My personal favorite versatile items:
- LBD aka little black dress. Tone it down during the day with flats and a cardigan and wrap it up with heels, a clutch and your favorite jewelry at night.
- Flats (or ballerinas). These come in so many colors and styles, but one thing they have in common is their comfort and applicability. Make sure to match your flats with your clothes before packing them.
- A trench coat. There’s few items more classy and timeless than this! Whether you choose a grey, beige or black version, it’s your friend in need when it comes to both meetings, airport transfers and dinner parties.
- Accessories. These darlings do all the difference and prevent a suit of clothes from being boring. Bring a small box of your favorite (but not too expensive!) accessories and jewelry such as statement necklaces, rings and earrings. A belt and a scarf might do the trick as well, but remember – nothing too heavy. Also, you shouldn’t wear jewelry on travel days if you want to avoid problems at check-in!
- Cardigans and blazers. It looks feminine and casual whether you’re going for a business lunch or late cocktails. And it’s perfect for chilly summer nights when a jacket is still too much.
Simple colors and light materials
As mentioned before we do like simple shades and colors when it comes to smart packing. Why? Because it will be easier for you to mix and match your clothes if patterns and colors fit together. Also, you need to remember that packing light includes clothing in light materials that takes up less space in your suitcase. Here’s how I do it:
- Black. Always a good idea and inevitable if you’re going for that classy look.
- White. A crisp white shirt or pullover fits tanned skin and looks clean and simple.
- Beige/camel. It’s obviously a matter of taste if you like the palette of earth colors, but if you’re like me, you always keep a hint of casual beige within reach! Be it a clutch, a pair of trousers or ballerinas – this color looks beautiful with both black and white.
- A bold color. A hint of raspberry red, burnt orange or shocking pink is always welcome in my wardrobe. It adds a spark to your outfit whether you’re going out or attending a meeting.
- Fewer patterns. Dots and stripes are cute, but it’s not always so easy to pair them with your additional clothing or accessories. A black and white striped shirt is OK as it fits perfectly with black trousers and flats, but don’t overdo it.
- Light materials. It’s evident to avoid bulky knits if you’re trying to pack light. Instead pack light materials such as cotton blends, viscose and rayon. They dry faster too and can easily be pressed together in your suitcase. Shirts that needs ironing should be avoided too, if possible. If you do decide to bring either jeans, knits and boots anyway, make sure to wear it on the days you’re traveling, so it won’t take up space in your suitcase.
Comfortable and chic footwear
Shoes can really determine how a woman feels – regardless of her outfit! Therefore you need to bring comfortable shoes that fits the occasion – be it a beach holiday or a city break. It depends of the destination, but a good rule of thumb is to pack comfortable shoes for walking and chic shoes for going out. My personal favorites for a city break is a chic pair of sneakers and a pair of elegant, but comfortable heels. For a beach holiday it can be a pair of flip flops, a pair of elegant sandals with stones and a pair of heels for going out.
Write it down
A week before departure you should make a list with all the items you intend to bring. Surely some of them can be eliminated, but a week will give you enough time to decide which things you need to bring along and reverse. Keep things that fits the above mentioned criterions and pack suits of clothes that can be worn several times without being washed. Remember that you can always search for laundry facilities at your destination if needed.