I spend a lot of time on the road. Airplanes, hotels. I am admittedly an overpacker but I am also a pro at laundering clothes in hotel sinks. Clothes on the road can be tough – how to look presentable and be comfortable is always the challenge. I thought I might share some of my favorite tips on what to pack.
Disclaimer: all of these items I either bought myself or covet. No one has paid me to tell you that I like/ love them.
1. JEANS – In my opinion, THE best jeans for traveling are AG‘s Jegging. They are real jeans with a button and a fly and pockets that work (read: they have structure) but they are SUPER stretchy and feel like pj’s when you’re wearing them. I have 3 pairs and always travel with at least 2 of them. On long trips, these are the only clothing items I send to the hotel laundry. I’m not the kind of girl that will wear yoga pants in public, so these are a great alternative on the long haul (and even short haul) flights.
2. BLAZER – I love a good blazer and have a few that travel with me a lot. They give you a polished look and with a pair of jeans offer an ideal blend of casual chic. On a recent trip to London, I picked up a little black blazer with a faux leather collar at Zara. (why are Zara’s in Europe SO much better than here in North America?) This jacket has literally traveled around the world with me. I’ve definitely recouped the £100 odd it cost me and I love it! I am also a mega fan of the super luxe Smythe jackets (as you’ve heard me lust for these before). The cut and fit mixed with some incredibly fun fabrics makes Smythe a great investment and a unique wardrobe piece. PS – Buy Canadian.
3. SCARVES – LOVE a good scarf. Have a pile of them and always travel with at least 2 or 3. They give some variation on outfits, cover up spilled soup and keep you warm on the plane.
4. SWEATER – I have a black v-neck cashmere sweater that I love to travel in. Its cozy and comfortable and usually looks pretty good. I picked it up at a very exclusive boutique called Costco. Seriously. I am also partial to a good, drapey cardigan because why wouldn’t I be.
5. BOOTIES – Ankle boots are good for the road. They pack small (hello Frye Motorcycle Boots, I’m looking at you and your 5lbs per boot), go with everything and can roll in warm or cold climates. Mine are from Steve Madden, relatively cheap and cheerful and get the job done. The ones I really would love are these from Rag & Bone.
6. SNEAKERS – Of course you need sneakers. Non-white, super-comfy. Preferably they are stylish enough for the tooling around, but sensible enough for the gym. Or they’re Converse Chuck Taylors because they are just freaking awesome.
7. BLACK DRESS – Every girl on the road needs a great black dress. Mine is called Black Magic. You may recall my love letter to this favorite and perennial wardrobe item. A great black dress can work for dinner out or as a pool cover-up. Just make sure its in an easy to travel fabric.
8. BLACK ANYTHING – Working in the entertainment business, black is standard issue. When following an artist on the red carpet or standing in the wings on stage, black is a must. My job is to blend into the background and black does the trick. PLUS, it goes with everything (except maybe brown) and it doesn’t show the dirt. Black is ALWAYS the new black.
9. TOTE BAG – When on airplanes a lot, you need a big purse. The Longchamp Shopper is a perfect example of the ideal travel bag that holds everything – iPad, ziploc, spare t-shirt and a laptop. Plus it folds up small, so you can pack it away if you don’t need it.
And here’s what not to bring on the road:
1. ANYTHING THAT WRINKLES – as if you’ll have time to iron with 18 hr days.
2. EXPENSIVE SUITCASE – go mid-range on the suitcase. Spend enough that it won’t fall apart on the first use but not so much that the nicks and dents will make you cry.
3. HATS – because, why would you unless you’re Johnny Depp.
So there you have it. Another bossy R&R Mom post, telling you what to do.