a travelers closet…

What to pack as a traveler:

I have traveled my entire life. I am pretty sure I was on a plane to Iraq when I was a month-old. You would think I have packing down to a science after doing it for 25 years. However, it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that I really learned how to pack after traveling almost weekly. My wardrobe had to adjust & is continuing to adjust to a traveler’s lifestyle. 

I used to pack:

  • 2 full suitcases with everything I would need to move to another country for a year, 
  • Tops that needed a cami underneath & only went with a specific pair of pants, 
  • A few pair of heels that I would NEVER wear, &
  • Multiple pairs of pajamas & work-out clothes, when I only needed one pair each

Now, I won’t say I am an expert at packing, but I will say that I have adjusted my wardrobe pretty well. To be clear, I am not one of those amazingly fashionable travelers like Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam or Paola from Blank Itinerary (#GOALS), but I look decent (I hope!) & I am comfortable when I travel. I try to pack basics that can be worn with anything else I may have packed. I also try & throw in one or two exciting outfits in the mix as well to liven things up. 

Below are the staples in my closet that I pair with accessories for both home & travels. I will post my go-to travel accessories later, but I wanted to give you the basics for now. 

Top: H&M, Faux Leather Jacket: Topshop, Jeans: JBrand, Shoes: adidas
Top: H&M, Faux Leather Jacket: Topshop, Jeans: JBrand, Shoes: adidas
Tank Top: Vince, Jeans: Articles of Society, Shoes: Gap
Tank Top: Vince, Jeans: Articles of Society, Shoes: Gap
Sweater: Vince, Shorts: Old Anthropologie but similar here, Shoes: Sold out but similar here & here
Sweater: Vince, Shorts: Old Anthropologie but similar here, Shoes: Sold out but similar here & here
V-neck sweater: Vince, White Shorts: J. Crew, Shoes: Adidas Superstar
V-neck sweater: Vince, White Shorts: J. Crew, Shoes: Adidas Superstar
Tank Top: Vince, Skirt: Similar here, Cardigan: Similar here & here, Wedges: Vince Camuto
Tank Top: Vince, Skirt: Similar here, Cardigan: Similar here & here, Wedges: Vince Camuto
Tank top: Vince, Jeans: Madewell, Cardigan: Gap, Shoes: Gap
Tank top: Vince, Jeans: Madewell, Cardigan: Gap, Shoes: Gap
Sweater: Vince, Jeans: Articles of Society, Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sweater: Vince, Jeans: Articles of Society, Shoes: Sam Edelman
Top: Madewell, Shorts: Gap, Shoes: nike
Top: Madewell, Shorts: Gap, Shoes: nike

 

Tops:

  • Basic V-neck (I have both H&M or Madewell because you can never have too many)
  • I have this tank in both colors + this plain white one (photographed in the long vest cardigan) but have this semi-fancier one on my wishlist (Similar white tank: Here). For a fancier-vibe, I love my black scallop tank
  • Off the shoulder top here & here. The two I have are no longer sold, but I have the other 2 in my shopping cart. 

Sweaters/Jackets:

  • I bought my long cardigan awhile back, so it is not longer available, but it is my ABSOLUTE favorite. (Similar: Here & Here & Here) If heading to warmer temps, I will take my vest cardigan
  • My faux leather jacket comes with me on every trip. It is so comfortable & makes every outfit look just a bit more edgy. 

Pants:

  • I think you can’t go wrong with a pair of blue jeans, white jeans, & black jeans, when traveling. The black jean I linked is kinda (barely) shiny, so it is a bit dressier. Also, S.O. to Aryan for taking a million photos of me, but these aren’t the best angles so check out the models for more appropriate gauge of fit. 

Shorts/Skirts:

  • I pack my shorts in a similar fashion to my pants. I go with white jean shorts, blue jean shorts, & black shorts (I have black scallop shorts that are my go-to, but they no longer make it. However, I saw the same shorts today at Madewell, which is what I linked).  
  • I have a white skirt, which pairs well with most of the above (even the sweaters). I bought mine years ago, but I found this white skirt that I love & is on sale. This are great to pair with swimsuits as well. 

Dress:

  • I have a cotton midi dress in two colors from Zara that they no longer make, but it is a staple for sight-seeing. However, I found this white midi dress that is so pretty & will get the job done. 
  • I bought this maxi dress for a wedding only to realize that it would be great for the beach or even a fun dinner. It also pairs great with the leather jacket. I found it in pink here

Shoes:

  • Booties (Sam Edelman shoes are the most comfortable shoes I own hands-down & come in so many different colors)
  • I have a love/hate relationship with heels. So cute but feels like death. These wedges are so comfortable & versatile, so you can leave the heels at home. 
  • My white-tennis shoes are great for a light workout, but also works great for sight-seeing in any of combo of outfits I travel with. 

Bags:

  • I have a bag very similar to this one, but I decided to link this one.. It has a removable mini-bag, which would be great for going out at night AND it is reversible, which is AMAZING. 

 

Pack any of these staples to your suitcase & throw in some swimsuits (if heading to the beach) or a scarf & parka (if heading to Iceland), and you are golden. I would pack more shorts & only 1 pair of jeans if heading to warm-weather climates, & vice versa if heading to cold-weather climates. I hope this helps you think about what you may need for your future trips!

xoxo, 

shushu

 

5 thoughts on “a travelers closet…

  1. Shush – I would like to share on my FB book but it doesn’t give me an option from the share menu. Can you look into this?

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    1. Will do! Thanks for the suggestion

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  2. Loving these travel packing tips! So helpful and of course you always look so cute!
    Check out my other travel tips here! http://www.thereshewanders.com/
    ~Jenn

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  3. Wish I could wear all of these things! You look so minimalistic chic. I would look like frump city.

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    1. Um you look perfect in everything!

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