Over years of traveling, I’ve got packing down to a science. With so many travel friendly items constantly being introduced, I think it just keeps getting easier. I’ve learned what works and will always find a place in my suitcase and what’s a waste of space. As many long time readers know, I pack super efficiently, usually with the goal of a carry-on in mind. For long vacations, that doesn’t always work, but even with a larger suitcase, I ruthlessly edit. Everything needs to have a purpose and be versatile. Many of you have asked for more packing guides, so this week’s picks focuses on travel friendly pieces.
Not all comfort shoes are unsightly. This hybrid sneaker/espadrille/oxford checks off a lot of boxes for a travel friendly shoe.
I usually take some type of lightweight field jacket that looks good tossed over anything. Enzyme Wash Field Jacket
I’ve started to use a silk pillowcase at home to prevent bed head (plus all the other benefits), so why not pack one when traveling? I’d go for a color to insure I’d remember to bring it home. Slip – Beauty Sleep To Go!
Not all hotels provide great hair dryers, so often I’ll bring my own. T3 – Featherweight Compact Folding Dryer (Bonus points to Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills for providing guests with the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer.)
These fold flat valet trays are a great way to corral jewelry and littles when away (or at home). Square Valet Tray – Camel Firenze
A pretty way to identify luggage: Smythson – Panama Textured-leather Luggage Tag
A suctioned magnifying mirror is a must.
I love having these scented towlettes with me on the go.
Wide opening, pliable Silicone travel bottles
A lightweight foldable hat to tuck away in my bag like this reversible paisley cotton bucket hat.
An easy to pack flat 4-port USB wall charger
A low-profile, neutral sneaker like these from APL
Multi tasking tops that can be dressed up or down. Ruffle-trimmed broderie anglaise cotton top
If I can get away with not packing heels for a trip, I’ll opt for a chic little flat that works with everything. SULA TOE RING SANDALS
I stick to nylon for an all day, comfortable cross body. Prada Small Nylon Crossbody Bag
A tote that goes from beach to street: Santa Croce Macrame Tote
Comfort and style in a cushioned footbed summer sandal
I like the idea of a somewhat tailored long short that would be chic day or night. Embroidered high-rise cotton-twill shorts
The men’s department often has the most low-key options in hats. This straw panama style is packable and not too beachy.
I like to have a lightweight scarf with me to cover my chest from too much sun. Gingham Cotton Gauze Scarf
Nice looking sneakers for both touring and exercising: adidas NMD R1
A passport cover in bright white to spot quickly in a bag.