Are you the girl who’s dragging an over-sized suitcase, carry-on, backpack, AND purse through the airport for that 3 day trip?
Over-packing can make traveling stressful — all that extra weight and worry is totally unnecessary. We’ve highlighted the packing essentials for your weekend getaway so you can downsize your bags and enjoy your trip rather than struggle with your suitcases.
We’ve collected some examples of what we would pack in our bag; take our template and apply it to your closet the next time you are packing!
At the Airport
The airport outfit has to be comfortable, but that doesn’t mean breaking out literal pajamas. We love a heavy legging like J.Crew’s pixie pants paired with a simple T-shirt. Layer with a pretty cardigan or a more structured blazer depending on what you will be doing on the other side of touchdown (hanging out or running to a meeting).
The key here is starting with pieces that you can re-purpose later; any sort of leggings are a great base for other outfits, and it’s always important to have your favorite white T-shirt in the arsenal.
Take a note from stars like Kim K and opt for sunglasses instead of heavy make-up while traveling. Make sure to drink lots of water and moisturize your skin before and after boarding!
For the rest of the clothing in your suitcase, this is a good ratio to guide you:
5 tops : 3 bottoms : 2 dresses : 3 shoes
Even for longer trips, stick to this ratio — you can recombine pieces into different outfits, re-wear pieces, and even do a quick load of laundry to last you the duration of your trip.
For your tops:
1. You already have a plain t-shirt that you are wearing in the airport. This is a comfort must-have, and can be dressed up with wedges or fashioned into simple elegance with cropped pants and ballet flats.
2. Go for casual-chic — maybe a long-sleeve top with some embellishments, or patterned flowy blouse.
3. A cute work-out top — you might not have time to squeeze in work-outs, but if you plan on hiking, biking, or pursuing any activities that involve sweat, it is best to go at it in a top that wicks sweat and drys quickly in order to be comfortable the whole time.
4. A tank-top or strappy cami. If it gets hot, it’s always a relief to have something breezy to throw on.
5. A cool top you could wear to a restaurant or trendy bar.
For your bottoms:
1. You already have a a pair of black leggings that can be combined with any of your tops — always, always, always pack this versatile staple!
2. You’re absolute favorite pair of pants — jeans, cargos, black pants, blue pants — whatever they are, if you wear them all the time at home, you’ll wear them all the time while traveling and feel fabulous in them.
For your dresses:
1. A sundress or tunic that is comfortable and cute for touring your destination. You don’t want to be over-heated or constricted, so loose is good!
2. Your favorite “going-out” dress — something fun for wearing at night or to a fancy dinner.
For your shoes:
1. Grab the most comfortable, versatile flats you can find — anything that you can be walking in for hours as you trek through the airport, downtown, museums, etc.
2. Sneakers. Yes, they may be ugly. Yes, they may even smell a little. But if your feet are blistered and swollen by day 2, you will be glad you packed them! The recent style-sneaker trends have kept up, but if you can’t afford Isabel Marant’s, opt for whatever you wear to the gym or a pair of cute New Balances or Nikes.
3. Your favorite wedges or comfortable heels, just in case you want to check out the nightlife or dress up an outfit. Make sure they are already broken in before you toss them in the suitcase, otherwise your feet will hate you.
Some other tips for travel: rolling your clothes actually does save space in your suitcase.
Let us know what you think of our template for packing — and the pieces we picked to pack!