Have a fun trip coming up that you need to pack for, but no clue where to begin? Worry not, because we are here to make this a no-brainer chore. But before you even think about beginning, you need to figure out where you are going and what types of clothing it might require. If you are going to Hawaii, you obviously will not be needing and heavy-duty winter jackets. If you are going to Aspen for a ski trip, maybe you should not bother packing any dresses – trust us, you will not be wearing them. Being realistic about what you will actually wear will only free up more space in your suitcase for other items, like cameras and extra pairs of shoes. While we obviously do not know where your final destination is, there are a few items that are pretty good essentials for any type of destination.
1. The Classic T-Shirt
No matter where you end up going to, the classic t-shirt is a great item to pack. If you are hitting up a summer destination, a simple t-shirt will pair well with some shorts so you can stay cool while seeing some sights. If you are going to a colder climate, you can layer a t-shirt under a thermal and then throw on a warm coat. Clothing items that serve multiple purposes are a must, especially if you want to pack light. For instance, you can also opt to use the t-shirt for something to sleep in no matter the destination. Another perk about t-shirts is that they are incredibly versatile in the way they look. You can go with a classic white t-shirt or something that represents who you are and where you are from. From Wilmington and proud of it? Get yourself some Delaware t-shirts and apparel, so you can travel the world while bringing a little bit of home with you.
2. Work with Layers for Cold Climates
Contrary to what many people may say, you do not actually have to buy an entirely new wardrobe for that Aspen trip. If you are going somewhere that will be on the colder side – even if it’s below zero – layers will be your best friend (plus, they pack way smaller than bulky sweaters and jackets). Take a few long- and short-sleeved tops that fit fairly snug to your body so that you can easily layer them beneath a sweater and jacket. Light layers really can make a world of difference when it comes to staying warm, especially if you go with breathable fabrics like those used in outerwear from Patagonia.
3. The Perfect Pair of Jeans
There really is not anything better than the perfect pair of jeans. No matter where you are or what you are doing, you can always style some well-fitting jeans into an outfit and come away looking polished and chic (or comfortable and effortless). Not only do jeans travel really well – meaning that they are low maintenance and do not need to be cleaned as often – they can be paired with any type of top and still look good. You can actually get several outfits out of one pair of jeans and a handful of tops if you know how to style yourself and accessorize. Plus, a good pair of skinny jeans can work with a long range of shoes, from sleek black pumps to hiking boots to sandals.
4. Whimsical Dresses
Light, summery dresses pack extremely well if you roll them up. So, if you are heading to a sunny destination, make sure to pack at least two dresses that you can see yourself wearing several times. We suggest going with styles that fall to the knee (for those windy days), are super versatile and are incredibly comfortable. Since you never really know what a vacation will have in store for you, the last thing you want is to be caught out somewhere in a dress that you have to continually adjust yourself in. For example, let’s say you unexpectedly have the chance to go horseback riding through the mountains and you’re wearing a strapless dress. Bouncing up and down on a horse might not sound as appealing when your outfit offers little to no support to your chest. Think about it.