PACKING AFTER THE PANDEMIC
Start with your pants and layering pieces.
I always start out with black jeans and A’nue Ligne tanks and turtlenecks. The black jeans can be dressy or casual and the tanks can be used as a base layer.
Waterproof boots, tennis shoes and ballet flats will work with any wardrobe or location.
This is a thin v-neck that can be sporty or dressy. Perfect to layer over or under.
Vests are perfect for travel- not too heavy or bulky. This vest would be fit under an all weather coat.
Nothing is better to expand your travel wardrobe. A well tied scarf can add finish to just about anything.
My blue jeans are my casual go-to. The gold boots are comfy and can be worn with the black jeans. A pop of color can brighten a monochromatic travel wardrobe.
Blazer or sweater jacket
This jacket is a cotton knit and can look dressy or casual.
The long cardigan dresses up the jeans + tank top and accessories= a dressier look.
Scarves, ponchos, necklaces, cross body handbags all help to make a few items expand into many different looks.
I’ve also included a packing article from a few years ago- just so e can brush off the rust!
Travel Smart Tips
- Check the destination weather first and pack accordingly.
- Plan your wardrobe around your shoes. I like hybrid shoes that are multipurpose; sandals/dress shoes, walking/hiking. Don’t take more than three pairs. Leave your white tennis shoes at home. A pair of flip flops can double as shower shoes and sandals.
- Two pairs of pants, four tops (two solid and two print), two tank-tops, skirt, walking shorts, sweater/jacket, vest and dark jeans. I like fast dry apparel- easy to wash and dries quickly.
- Socks (I always have a pair to wear on the plane), underwear and sleeping attire that can be rinsed out.
- Select only two colors- black is always my base and I either add olive or tan to break up the monotony.
- Think threes- my rule of thumb is always dress in three layers and plan on wearing any item at least three times.
- Scarves- they don’t take up any room and can be used to jazz up your basic black, protect you from the sun/cold or used as a makeshift picnic blanket.
- Some people like to roll, but I like to fold my stuff using the Flip-Fold (at Container Store). The neat cubes make me happy.
- Multi-sized zip-lock bags, packs of mini tissues, makeup remover pads and bungee cords are always helpful.
- Indulge your inner fashion nerd and lay out everything in outfits: match the outfits to the days you are traveling. Walk away for a couple of hours. Then, reassess and remove a few pieces. You won’t miss them.
- A foldable, thin rain coat with a hood is an essential.
- Wear your heaviest clothing, shoes & jacket on the plane.
- Keep in mind that no matter how much help you have, there will be times when you have to carry your own suitcase- make sure you can.
- Leave room for souvenirs and treasures- remember the clothes never go back into the suitcase as well as when you first packed.