By Caitlin Hornik
Experienced travelers have their packing essentials list down to a science. They know exactly what to pack, how to pack it to maximize space, and how to mix and match pieces for multiple looks! However, considering factors like weather, planned activities, and landscapes when packing can make anyone feel overwhelmed. That’s why we’ve decided to compile a list of the must-pack wardrobe staples for any vacation! These items are true essentials, regardless of your destination. Read on and let us help you properly prepare for all of your upcoming trips!
Raincoats are an essential, because who likes getting caught in the rain (without a pina colada)?! A packable raincoat is a step up because of the extra room you’ll have for souvenirs in your suitcase. The compact nature of a packable raincoat means it’s perfect for keeping handy in your backpack throughout your trip!
This should go without saying, but we figured we’d remind you anyway! There are few vacations you can take that don’t involve walking. Your go-to pair of sneakers should match your wardrobe and provide sufficient support. Whether you're strolling the streets of Sicily or hiking the Scottish Highlands, you want to be stlyish, supported, and comfy!
Pro tip: If you’re buying a new pair of sneaks for your next trip, break them in before you get to your destination. Nothing puts more of a damper on a trip than shoe-related blisters!
Plain or patterned t-shirts are an excellent wardrobe staple. Keep ‘em casual during the day, then dress them up with accessories at night. Pair them with different accessories, layer them with coats or cardigans, and your Instagram followers won’t even realize!
Use as a pillow on the plane, as a fashion statement, or for a photo opp! Bringing one or a few different scarves can go a long way. A scarf can pull an outfit together to give you a cozy yet polished look. Patterned scarves can really make a plain top pop! Mix and match with your t-shirts (see above!) for truly endless outfit combinations!
From airplanes, to in-destination yoga classes, to hiking, to curling up by the hotel’s fireplace, you absolutely need some comfort in your travel wardrobe. Investing in a really good pair of leggings gives you the upper hand. Ideally, you want a pair that you can wear a few times throughout your trip. Do your research to find the best brand for your budget, and consider the types of activities your trips consist of before buying!
You’re traveling to Copenhagen in January, so a bathing suit is totally unnecessary, right? Wrong! You’ll be super bummed if you get to your hotel and discover that it has an incredible hot tub and sauna, but forgot to pack your bathing suit! You never know where and when the opportunity to swim or soak will strike, so it’s best to always be prepared. Packing a swimsuit on every trip is a smart move. That way, you’ll never be without one when spontaneity calls!
Let’s be real for a second. Anyone who doesn’t already have a denim jacket in their wardrobe is missing out! A truly versatile wardrobe staple, denim jackets are the perfect accessory piece for any trip. From chilly nights by the water to early morning hikes and everything in between, a solid denim jacket will keep you comfy, warm, and in style!
For those who feel that a denim jacket is too bulky but want a similar look, consider denim shirt! Another perfect layering piece and accessory, denim shirts are more lightweight. This, too, can be easily paired with almost anything you choose to bring on your trip.
The perfect day-to-night staple! Wear your black jeans with sneakers and a t-shirt during the day, then throw on a pair of heels and your denim jacket (see above) for a perfectly polished evening look!