this week on the blog is travel week. as i’m making this post, junior style and i are headed back from our weeklong river cruise in France. what an unbelievable time, and i can’t wait to share everything with you! i’ve got outfits to share with you; food and wine recommendations for when you’re in France; travel tips, tricks, and hacks; as well as a travel vlog that will go up next Sunday. to kick the week off, i’ve put together a fashion travel capsule wardrobe. i’ve got layouts of all the outfits and accessories i wore in addition to a few key packing tips and tricks.
essential carry on items & packing tips
for those of you who have followed me throughout the years, i’m no stranger to traveling. mr. style and i loved to get away, whether it be local or international. over the years, i’ve documented our travels extensively and given various piece of travel advice you can find here and here among other places. if you’re looking for packing tips, specifically how to fit your travel wardrobe comfortably into your luggage, make sure to check out the video below.
earlier this fall, i went to visit one of my kiddos in NYC. that was the first trip i’ve taken without mr. style, and i put together both a travel guide & capsule, as well as a collection of outfits of the day. this week in France is my first international trip without him, and stay tuned for Thursday’s post: the definitive guide to international travel.
top carry on items
today, i want to focus on the must have carry on items for both domestic and international travel. obviously, the most important carry on items are your bags. you’re going to want to bring 2 bags: a travel bag/purse & your roller. for those of you subscribed to my 7 favorite things email, you may have seen a few of the bags below. (for those of you that aren’t subscribed, make sure to subscribe to our “product & sales” email on the sidebar to your right.)
i’m absolutely in love with the expandable travel bag from Nordstrom. it’s extremely versatile in addition to just plain looking good. and if you like this one, check out the entire Longchamp Paris line. and how fun is this watercolor roller from West Elm? if you want a bag to standout in a carousel crowd, then this is it. be sure to check it and the other luggage sale items out at West Elm.
once you’ve settled on your bags, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve packed at least the following items. plane rides can be long, and if you’re in the middle of an unknown international city, you’re going to want to have these basic essentials at your disposal.
- portable charger
- lint roller
- water bottle
- hand sanitizer
- lip balm
- tide bleach pen
- eye drops
- hand and face wipes
- band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and gauze pads.
3 essential wardrobe items
putting together your travel wardrobe can be daunting. and like with anything, you can save yourself a lot of headache and frustration by going into it with a game plan. a lot of us have a tendency to overpack and choose things we think we might want if... and that’s fine, no doubt. but that means that oftentimes we’re over our weight limit; or we check an oversized bag instead of a medium; or we bring 2 checked bags instead of 1.
part of a packing game plan is knowing and bringing the absolute essentials. don’t worry. i’ve got you covered. below are my top 3 travel wardrobe essentials.
1. black pants.
chances are, you’re going to go out to a nice bar or dinner in Paris. or maybe you’ll catch a play in London. and even if you don’t have anything formal planned, you just might change your plans last minute. black pants work in any formal occasion, no matter what city or country you find yourself in. don’t forget them.
dress them up. dress them down. dress them somewhere in-between. there is no single item more essential to pack than denim. this is because jeans are so darn flexible. and being a good traveler just means being flexible. when in doubt, pack a couple of pairs.
spring, summer, fall, or winter—bring a sweater. i promise you, the plane you’re flying in and the museum you’re planning on touring is going to be cool, if not cold inside. always bring at least one sweater. always.
now for my France fashion travel capsule wardrobe. below, i’ve broken my items down by type and provided links for (at least) similar items. stay tuned all week to see how i wore each outfit, both on the blog as well as YouTube.