Travel is a gift that keeps on giving. It expands your horizons, exposes you to new people and cultures, and provides cherished memories to last a lifetime. However, for many people, getting ready to travel is not as fun. How do you make everything you want to take fit into a tiny suitcase? And particularly for women, how do you squeeze in enough outfits for casual, comfortable, and formal occasions? Here are some tips.
Choose Versatile Dresses, and Accessorize
Many dresses can be casual, comfortable, or formal, depending on your intent. It’s often your shoe selection and how you accessorize that drives your look. As an example, take the dresses on tobi. Add a necklace and earrings to many outfits, and they immediately take on a more elegant or formal look. Another great thing you may notice is that these dresses are travel-friendly with fabrics that do not wrinkle, and they won’t take up much space in a suitcase.
Buy Accessories and Shoes There
So, pack versatile dresses that go well with a wide range of accessories. You can pack the accessories and shoes from the beginning, keeping them as minimal as possible, of course. Or you might prefer to buy them at your destination so you have souvenirs plus something fashionable to wear. What will be the story behind your Australian necklace?
Not only are flats walker-friendly, they take up less space in a suitcase and look great with dresses. You don’t have to sacrifice one bit of fashion for comfort. For example, pointed flats may offer a silhouette look, or Gucci loafers might add a splash of color and elegance to your outfit.
Pack Multiple Swimsuits
If you’re going on a vacation where you look forward to being in the water, chances are that one swimsuit won’t cut it. In fact, if you don’t like getting dressed in a wet swimsuit (who does, really?) you may be wearing two or three bathing suits a day. Imagine going for a morning swim in the ocean, returning to your room for breakfast, catching sun rays poolside, grabbing lunch, and then slipping in the hot tub for some rest and relaxation. The good news is that swimsuits don’t take up a lot of room.
Bring Some Soap Along
People don’t tend to associate vacation with laundry. That’s why it’s nice to be able to pack a seemingly endless suitcase. Alas, it is not realistic. However, stowing away a small container of lingerie wash helps your bathing suits last longer. The lingerie wash also helps your shirts, bras, pants, and socks smell better for longer. Mix some water and soap, and air dry.
What about underwear? Yep, lingerie soap helps there too, so there’s no need to pack 30 pairs of underwear (supposing you wear two a day) for a two-week vacation.
Pack Bras Strategically
Bra cups can, and do, lose their shape. To prevent this, use socks or a tank top to fill a cup, and stack the bras at the top of your suitcase. (This technique also holds true for molded swimsuit tops, not just bras.) In addition, it’s a great way to ensure you won’t forget your favorite socks and tops.
Go with Multipurpose Makeup
Makeup can take up a lot of space in luggage. Like, a lot! Fortunately, many products are multipurpose, and they will do just fine for traveling. For instance, eyeshadow can be used to highlight skin, and blush can double as lip color or eye color. Use plastic bags such as Ziploc bags to keep your makeup organized and to prevent any leaks and messes from contaminating the rest of your luggage. (A makeup bag does wonders too, if you prefer that. Look for essentials such as pockets.)
Above all, skip the hefty bottle of face wash. Instead, pack facial wipes. They won’t spill, and they get dirt and makeup off your face efficiently. Also, if you travel a lot, it probably goes without saying that you can save a lot of money and time by using reusable, travel-sized bottles for moisturizers, shampoos, and the like.
When you travel, you can’t bring your closet and bathroom with you. But by some smart planning, you can look just as good as you normally do. Versatile dresses can form the foundation, and you can shop for souvenirs that come in the form of jewelry.