I love to travel! If you’re like me, you find it much simpler not to check baggage, even for an overseas flight. That’s why I make such an effort to fit everything into my Travelpro wheeled suitcase and only bring versatile wardrobe pieces that can be worn multiple ways.
However, this post is not about my favorite luggage. This post is about travel wardrobe-essentials. All of my travel wardrobe essentials are practical, comfortable, and can be mixed and matched for a variety of looks.
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The Essential Handbag
When traveling in cities, train stations, bus stations, airports, or wherever there are crowds, a secure handbag that will confound would-be thieves is a must. Okay, so this first wardrobe essential is actually a wardrobe accessory, but it is an item that goes well with the rest of my wardrobe, is fashionable and a thief-deterrent all at the same time. It’s the Travelon Anti-Theft Cross Body Bucket Bag, (I prefer the black one) and I have witnessed firsthand its effectiveness.
Not too long ago, I was riding the Paris Metro with my elderly parents, and a group of young ladies jostled up beside my mom. She had a Travelon bag in brown. They stood near her for a few minutes and I gave them my best “Don’t even think about it” stare. As I watched, I saw one of the young ladies shake her head slightly, as if telling her friends “No.” Then, the group of ladies moved to a different spot on the train.
Did they move away because of the features of the bag, such as the locking zippers or the slash-resistant cable inside the shoulder strap? Or was it my beady-eyed stare? I don’t like to suspect the worst in anyone, but my dad has had his pocket picked twice while traveling. Theft happens, and the Travelon bag is the best way I know to be prepared. The main compartment is roomy (I fit an iPad in it) and it has side mesh pockets good for water bottles or an umbrella. A small compartment has RFID-blocking organization spots for credit cards and a passport. I could go on and on. It’s an amazing bag.
The Essential Walking Shoes
The next most important item on my essential travel wardrobe list is a great pair of walking shoes, which I wrote about in a previous blog post.
Since my feet are narrow, I prefer having a strap, as shown in the picture. My color of choice is black, but the pair I have on in the photo are no longer available. I’m going to order a new pair, but I haven’t found a new shoe in my size yet. If the link above does not take you to your size shoe, you can click around in Amazon to find a different size selection. I appreciate this style of shoe because it is not clunky. These shoes may be dressed down for walking around on tours during the day, then dressed up for going out to dinner in the evening.
The Essential Piece of Outerwear
On my first overseas trip, back in college, I was advised to bring a lightweight, waterproof jacket. That excellent advice has proven true over and over on each trip that I have taken, especially when touring London, where rain showers happen frequently and unexpectedly. My latest favorite jacket is black and very packable.
It can be rolled up tightly and stuffed into my Travelon handbag. (I just had to mention that handbag once again.) Be sure to get a jacket with a hood.
The Essential Pants
Depending on where you are going to be traveling, you might choose a lightweight pair of capri pants or a heavier pair of pants in a solid color.
Shorts were not always appropriate for me to wear at some of the locations I visited, so capris are a good warm weather option. I always go with black, because it matches the other travel wardrobe essentials on my list.
The Essential Skirt
A wrinkle-free skirt that can be rolled up, stuffed into a bag and still look fabulous is a necessity. Again, my choice is black. The length will vary depending on your destination and the events you may be attending.
When shorts are not an appropriate choice for your warm weather activities, a dependable skirt can save the day. You may already have a terrific travel skirt in your closet.
Customize the Rest
I hesitate to get too specific about wardrobe choices, because so much of your specific needs will depend on your destination and the type of traveling you plan to do. If you are going to do a lot of hiking, your choices will be different than if you plan to be on a tour bus for a lengthy amount of time. These basic pieces will give you a foundation from which to build your own essential travel wardrobe for your adventures.
In addition to basic travel wardrobe essentials, here are a few more travel-related items:
White noise machine: Good for travelers who are light sleepers or who sleep with someone who makes noise.
Silver Sharpie markers: Good for labeling items. Does not bleed through as much as black, and is easy to see on dark items.
What About You?
What about you? Do you have a favorite travel wardrobe essential? I’d love to read about it if you care to leave a comment.
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