WHETHER YOU'RE A FREQUENT FLIER OR HITTING THE HIGHWAY, GETTING PERFECTLY PACKED IS ALWYAS THE SECRET TO A STRESS-FREE VACATION (AND GREAT OUTFITS). ONCE YOU KNOW THE TRICKS, PACKING WILL BE A BREEZE, AND WE GUARANTEE YOU'LL HAVE A BIT OF SPACE IN YOUR BAG FOR A SPOT OF SHOPPING. HERE'S HOW:
1. A WEEKENDER BAG
Even if you’re an organized whiz, it’s always a good idea to bring a bag that allows for a bit of traveling chaos. A weekender is the perfect carry-all to stash everything you need without weighing down your handbag, and you’ll use it all year round (summer, Thanksgiving, your best friends wedding etc…trust us).
2. LAYERING TANKS AND TEES
Stash a couple of basic tops and camisoles in your bag to ensure that you’re fully covered -- literally and figuratively. Think black, nude or white as these are easy to style and the perfect underpinning for semi-sheer shirts or dresses. Also, a white tank under a sharp, black blazer is one of our favorite looks of all time. Shop Velvet Basics here.
3. CLASSIC SWEATERS
Yes, they take up a little extra space in your suitcase, but so worth it. Pack at least two sweaters — black and white cashmere styles are ideal — to wear with jeans, leggings and skirts. Crewnecks and v-necks work well with basic button downs, while lightweight turtleneck sweaters look especially chic layered beneath a velvety slip dress.
4. UNDIES FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Fancy lingerie is dreamy, but don’t forget to pack a range of pretty yet functional undergarments too—cute bralettes in prints and patterns look sweet peeking out from under layers, and can also double as a bathing suit in a pinch.
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5. CHIC SLEEP
While boxer shorts and a well-worn tank may suit your sleep needs at home, why not invest in some pretty PJs if you’re traveling (it also eliminates the mad scramble to find the hotel robe when room service knocks). Silky or cotton pajama sets are always winners.
6. TOP NOTCH DENIM
Jeans are the gold-star, thumbs-up, must-have travel partner. However, we suggest skipping the skintight fits and low-rise silhouettes that can leave you feeling constricted if you’ll be sitting on a plane for hours. A slim-fitting darker jean with a mid-rise waistline and just a hint of stretch is our choice for extended travels.
(Shop our full line of women’s denim here.)
7. DOWNTIME BASICS
Every vacation has a little free time so don’t forget to pack some casual faves. Whether you’re strolling the streets or just lounging by a pool, a pair of joggers and a loose top, hoodie or classic button down looks easy chic without sacrificing style. (View our off duty wear.)
8. FLATS AND SNEAKS
Even if high heels are your go-to shoes for life, you’ll want to pack at least one pair of go-anywhere flats or cool, retro sneaks for day trips and museum jaunts. For colder climates, be sure to add a pair of winter-ready boots and wooly socks to your carry-on.
9. BLACK LEGGINGS
Leggings win the travel game for a few reasons. A.) They’re comfy; B.) They’re versatile and can double as pants; and C.) They take up zero room in your bag. Look for slightly heftier fabrics to ensure that they are fully opaque and structured enough to mimic dress pants.
10. THE ULTIMATE TOPPER
It goes without saying, and its well-worth repeating: Chic, well-fitting outerwear is perhaps the most important thing you can bring with you (aside from your toothbrush). Choose the right coat or jacket based on your destination’s seasonal weather — and pack a trench or a heavy cardigan even if you’re going someplace warm—nights can get chilly in hotspots like L.A. or Oahu, and you’ll want to be fully covered for your travel itinerary.
Which of these essentials will you include in your travel plans? Tell us about your trips in the comments section below (feel free to make us jealous), and shop our women’s resort collection for the luxe pieces that will slip seamlessly into your wardrobe and that new weekender bag.