If the popularity of our packing blog and frequency of questions on the cocktail-party circuit are any indication, what to wear on your travels can be as big a decision as where to go. And we can help with both.
This month’s Caroline Says is all about labels – brands and fabrics that go the distance, literally thousands of miles from home and back again in one piece. No holes (unless perhaps you’re running with the bulls in Pamplona). No stains. No need to compromise your style for comfort. We’re talking wash-and-wear-ability 101.
While you may normally prefer natural fabrics like 100% cotton and linen, they’re not the best choice for long-haul travel unless you want to spend your vacation time ironing or your budget paying for laundry service. Instead, choose fabrics that stretch, roll, dry quickly, and emerge wrinkle free.
Clothes from Anatomie are exactly that. I recently tried and loved them. Considered by many to be the most-loved travel clothing brand in the world, Anatomie garments are stylish, eco-friendly, and long lasting. AND, If you use the code TRAVEL15 at checkout or order with this link, you’ll receive a 15% discount.
In general, when trying to pack less to wear more, think about rewearing pants. A pair of jeans and black pants with a little stretch can go a long way. Comfortable for the long plane ride, they can then be reinvented with a tee shirt or sweater for touring and dressed up with a tunic or colorful wrap for evening. Sportswear from lululemon and Athleta is a good choice.
Casual dresses don’t take up much space, especially in the warmer months. Universally flattering wrap dresses (the kind Diane Von Furstenberg made famous) can be wrapped up in a ball and unfurled with nary a wrinkle, so they, too, are smart packing picks. Missoni makes travel-friendly dresses, and I also like Ramy Brook for comfortable, stylish pieces that travel well. If these brands are too pricy, there are plenty of copycat looks out there for less.
Shoes tend to be the most challenging things to pack. Comfort is key, but you don’t want to ignore fashion completely. I’m partial to Cloud, Allbirds, and Vince for walkability, and for beach destinations, there’s nothing better than Havaianas flip-flops and a pair of pretty sandals for evening. In the colder months, a pair comfortable boots will take you far. Stick to the three-shoe rule: wear your heaviest ones on the plane and take TWO other pairs -one casual and one dressier – no more.
Remember, too, that shopping is part of travel fun, so don’t take so much that you can’t fit new purchases in your carry on for the return home. I’ve read about people who intentionally take their oldest clothes or inexpensive essentials on their trip, only to discard them once worn to free up space in their luggage. But who wants to leave a trail of dirty clothes scattered across the continent? Global worn-ing and all.
Caroline Travels the World (wrinkle free)…And So Can You.