While I don’t condone walking around in flip flops in Milan or Paris (although I’ve done it in Milan – c’mon I was 17!), I always always bring a pair on a trip with me. Whether it’s for schlepping around the hotel, pools, spas, or running out for a snack from the convenience store across the street, flip flops come in handy. DEFINITELY recommended if staying in a hostel with shared facilities.
I usually end up using a pair of flip flops in my hotel room or apartment as my ‘slippers’, but if it’s a cooler time of year, a pair of slippers can make you feel more homey.
Bring easily packable slippers that can put stuffed into an already too-full suitcase.
Honestly, guys, I can’t get enough of loafers. They’re my favourite type of shoe and are so comfortable and versatile. You can wear them while touring during the day, sitting in a cafe, or heading out for drinks at a restaurant or lounge.
Or, switch these to flats if you’re not a heels kind of girl. Whatever kind of girl you are, make sure you pack one pair of ‘fancy’ shoes. I usually end up bringing a ridiculous amount of shoes with me on a trip, but I’m also an over-packer. Pro Tip: your loafers can be used as your ‘fancy’ shoe if you’re not planning on dressing up a lot during your trip.
You know, the converse, the H&M cheap ‘converse’, the Keds. The cute stuff that makes an outfit more casual and comfortable, but not like you’re in a scene from Working Girl.
While I always pack numerous versatile items that can be used with one another, I always pack an insane amount. Here are some must-haves that will be able to spruce up any outfit and take you from touring to lounging with a champagne cocktail in your hand.
Or, whatever your Little Black Dress equivalent is. Chances are, you’re going to want to go out to at least one good dinner and it’s always fun to dress up. Pack something that makes you feel good about yourself. Whether it’s a Little Black Dress, a Little Purple Dress, or some amazing pants that makes your butt look insane, pack it!
Jeans can be dressed up or down, and can be worn numerous times, making them a perfect item to pack for longer trips. For optimal space saving, pack only one pair and use a dark wash. Dark washes look more put together when you’re dressing them up than the lighter washes do.
I pack 3-4 blazers or jackets for a 3 week vacation. Pack 1-2 for a week vacation, keeping them versatile in neutral colours.
While these may not take you from day to night, they’re a must-have when packing for a trip. There’s nothing better than getting back from a full day of exploring and ripping off your clothes and throwing on some sweat pants and an old t-shirt, lounging in your apartment or hotel room.
Going for a week? Better take 40 pairs! This seems to be everyone’s packing go-to, and honestly, it’s a good one. Maybe you don’t need to be that excessive, but definitely pack yourself a few extra pairs of undies. Make sure you’re not packing all hot pink ones, either. What if you find a beautiful pair of beige linen pants? That calls for a nude thong (or nude Commando) for no VPL. Ladies, remember this same rule for bras. And, no, a white bra under a white shirt does not make a bra disappear. Nude is the only way to go.
I have to admit something: I never pack enough socks. Use the same rule of thumb for your underwear; you should be armed with extra socks in your suitcase. And, remember that ankle socks, sockettes, and wool socks are vastly different. No one wants to see your ‘athletic socks’ reaching for your knees when you’re wearing a pair of cute Keds. No one does.