Simple Travel Style: How to Pack and Dress Well When You Travel

One of the hardest parts of traveling is taking your clothes with you. I’ve spent the past few months on and off the road, and fitting everything I need into one suitcase (a necessity if you’re using budget airlines) while still keeping everything you need to look your best is, to put it mildly, a challenge.

With this said, it’s possible to still keep a versatile wardrobe while you travel by making a few changes to the way you pack and the way you dress. It also helps to compromise and realize that you will never have the same level of versatility when you’re living out of a suitcase as you will when you’re living at home.

Right now I travel with a simple selection of clothes:

  • Two to three tank tops for warm weather (it’s hot where I live and travel)
  • Underwear, bras and other obvious essentials
  • One pair of jeans, three pairs of shorts, and two dresses (one casual, one formal)
  • A pair of training shoes, a pair of casual walking boots and one pair of heels

The key thing to remember is that you don’t actually need that much when you travel. I have enough in my suitcase to “fit in” at almost any situation, from a dinner with friends to a formal party. All of this fits neatly into my tiny suitcase without ever being a burden. It’s possible to create different looks with the same clothes by mixing around accessories and combinations. Remember, it’s much easier to carry around extra earrings or a few colorful belts in a suitcase than it is to pack another five pairs of shoes.

I think the best way to keep a good balance of style and practicality when you travel is to learn that you’ll never get quite the selection you’ll have at home, and then stick to your favorites and the basics. Personally, I’m happy to sacrifice a little bit of style if it means I can travel without using the cliché 50 liter backpack I see so many other people lugging around unnecessarily.