Travel Packing

I love to travel, there is no question about it. I love the thrill of getting on a plane or in a car and going somewhere. However with adventure requires packing a bag of clothes and this can be a real challenge, especially when you have weight restrictions. So to overcome these packing issues I plan my outfits ahead of the adventure by laying out my favourite clothes on the floor and then pairing each item together to create outfits. If something does not work with more than two items of clothing, it is out. This way I can be sure that when I haven’t done my washing for a week or so what is left in my suitcase will be guaranteed to match something, making me look half decent. This method is how I got by on one 16kg suitcase for 6 months travelling.

Here is my list of items you need when packing;

Jackets

Rain Jacket

Sir Ranulph Fiennes said “there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”. So with that I always pack a rain jacket as you can never predict the weather.

Denim Jacket

I go everywhere with my denim jacket. It is cosy, heavy duty and is an essential item for day to night wear.

Tops

White and Black Vest or Singlet

They are lightweight, easy to wash with no iron needed, and pair back with every outfit.

Cotton Shirt

A classic cotton shirt is breathable and practical especially when you need to cover up when visiting sights.

Cotton Tee

An essential item as it goes with everything, but also cotton is breathable, lightweight and easy to clean on the go.

Pants

Jeans

Versatile and who doesn’t love wearing a pair of jeans on cooler days.

Relaxed Pants

These are my go to pants for travel days as they are so comfortable. You can also easily dress them up with your sandals and a vest for a night out.

Denim Shorts

A wardrobe essential for warm days – easy to wear, comfortable and durable.

Dress

A lightweight, non-iron dress is a must. It can be worn from day to night and will make your travel wardrobe look dressy for those occasions when you need to spruce up.

 

Two Piece Matching Sets

Matching top and skirt combos are my favourite pieces of clothing. They are lightweight, breathable and versatile. I wear them as either a set or split the set up and wear a vest/singlet with the skirt and a pair of shorts or jeans with the top.

Sports Gear

Leggings

Great for exercise and outdoor adventures. They are also great for lazy days.

Sport Singlets

I normally have two just in case as one’s never enough!

Shorts

On really hot days there is nothing like getting your legs out to exercise.

Shoes

Sneakers

I like to keep active when I am travelling so I always have a pair to exercise in, or for outdoor activities.

 

Sandals

The shoes for every occasion. Smart enough for evenings, but also comfortable and practical for day time exploring.

Jandals/Thongs/Flip Flops

What ever you call them, these are the great for the beach and if you are sharing communal bathrooms, they keep your feet clean from nasties.

Scarf

This is my favourite item in my packing list as it has so many uses. You can tie it around your head to cover your unruly hair, wrap around your neck to keep you cosy and warm, use it as a beach towel, cover your arms and shoulders for temples and sacred places, wrap it around like a sarong or use it as a blanket. The most versatile accessory you will use.

Of course you will need to pack the basics like underwear and toiletries, so don’t forget these. But I will leave that packing list to you as everyone has different requirements.

Now that your packing list is sorted, now all you need to do is plan your next trip.

Summary of Packing list:

Rain Jacket

Denim Jacket

Black Vest

White Vest

Cotton Shirt

Cotton Tee

Jeans

Relaxed Pants

Denim Shorts

Dress

Matching Set

Sports Legging

Sports Top

Sport Shorts

Sneakers

Sandals

Jandals

Scarf

Happy travels

Lisa x

Image taken in Oaxaca, Mexico – This is my favourite two piece matching top and skirt set.

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The Essentials

Have you ever stood in front of your wardrobe, stared blankly and said ‘I have nothing to wear’? I do, like every night. I spend about 20 minutes every day going through my wardrobe searching for something to wear. Some days I am inspired and pull together a great outfit, and then other days I lose all hope. If only my wardrobe looked like Carrie Bradshaw’s, I am sure getting dressed would be so much easier. But for those ‘I have nothing to wear’ days  we need to start with the essentials.

The essentials, staples, key items, must-haves (or what ever you call them) are timeless pieces that build the foundation of your wardrobe making those tough days dressing so much easier.
Here is my list of eight ‘essentials’ that everyone must have in their wardrobe;
The Leather Jacket

It is one of the most versatile jackets you could own as it can be dressed up for work or a night out, and also dressed down for a casual weekend brunch. I suggest to invest in a good quality jacket as it will last a lifetime.


The Denim Jacket

This jacket is the perfect partner for chilled weekends, casual work days, and anything in between.


The Denim Jean

You can wear jeans in the weekend, on casual workdays, actually almost any occasion really. It is important to have a pair that fits you correctly as there is nothing less attractive than seeing someone wear jeans that are too small or a big around the waist, so it’s best to invest in a good quality pair that fits you.


The White Tee

This is the most basic item you can own, it is easy to wear and is the canvas for many outfits. Invest in a good cotton blend tee as it will hold shape and if you ever accidentally mix your white tee with your darks in the wash, it can be easily bleached back to white.



The Breton Stripe Tee

Parisian chic for both women and men, it goes with everything from jeans to dress pants and can be worn from Summer to Winter. It’s a dressier version of the plain white tee.



The White Shirt
A crisp white shirt is fresh, sophisticated and brings class to an outfit. Wear with jeans for a casual look, a pair of trousers for a dressy look and add a few accessories for your own personal flair.


The Little Black Dress

A simple black dress is your most trusted versatile item in your wardrobe. Add a pair of heels and statement jewellery for work or a night out, pair back with sneakers for those casual weekends, or team back with a pair of sandals for a BBQ or brunch. Before you know it you have three outfits with one dress.




The Sports Jacket

This jacket will instantly dress up any outfit whether it is for a formal occasion or a business meeting. With its tailored lapel it gives the casual appearance but commands resepect like a suit jacket making you look effortlessly good. 



Lisa

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