How to Look Good on the Road: What You Really Need

How to Look Good on the Road: What You Really Need

Despite what you might think, looking good on the road – anywhere you travel, without lugging around huge suitcases – is easier than you think.

As new airline policies crack down on baggage limitations (and make it harder for us to fit our whole closet – just in case – into two suitcases), we wanted to arm you with these practical tips. You won’t need more than a small carry-on suitcase to look your best while you are away from home.

Grab, Roll, and Tuck

Maximize space by neatly rolling your clothing and tucking each item into your suitcase. An added advantage to this technique is that you avoid wrinkling your clothes!  This system works best if you start with the bulkiest items and work up to the lighter ones.

Go Neutral

To make sure you get the widest variety of outfits for your destination, pick your most neutral items of clothing so you can easily combine them.  White, gray, black, and beige will always go with one another, as well as any splash of color you choose to add.

Also pick a watch that best suits your style. There are a lot of minimalistic designs perfect for women reviewed on by James Hampton-Smith and his team. Take a look and you just might something you fancy.

Choose clothing with the most mix-and-match variety.

For example:

  • Pick dresses you can dress up or down with a cardigan or sweater.
  • Pack colored tights to add vibrancy or to dress down skirts and dresses.
  • Choose comfortable shoes that look and feel great, day or night.

Femme person, cropped at shoulders, standing looking at phone, wearing a black dress and a trench coat against a tree-filled park

The Little Black Dress (LBD)

Be armed and ready for any unexpected situation (such as a hot date or special event) with your LBD – it will never fail you.  With the right accessories at hand, you can dress it up or down to fit any social event that you encounter.

Travel-size Products

It’s true, you can still take it with you – just in travel-sized containers.

If you can’t buy your preferred shampoo and conditioner brands in TSA-approved sizes, you can always transfer them to small travel containers.

Next time you buy makeup, be sure to ask for samples – then use those while you travel instead of the bulky, original containers. Also, if you pack them in your carry-on luggage, don’t forget to neatly tuck them all into a plastic bag so that you can easily declare them at security check-points.

Think in Layers

If you’re going to a colder destination, or you’re not sure about the weather, consider clothing items you can easily layer. Tank tops, light sweaters, cardigans, tights, etc. are an ideal way to be ready for colder weather forecasts.

Wear the Heaviest and Bulkiest Items on D-Day

Don’t try to pack a heavy coat into your suitcase; it’ll take up too much precious space.

Instead, opt to wear it when you head to the airport. If it’s too hot, you can store it in the overhead compartment once you board the plane/train/etc.

A row of brightly colored carry on luggage

Do NOT Over-Pack

The main reason behind why women over-pack? The infamous question: “What if…?”.

If you’re traveling somewhere, be it for business or pleasure, you will never be 100% prepared for the unexpected – and that’s half the fun! Embrace it, and look forward to these unexpected situations to have an excuse to go shopping, and a story to tell. Just make sure you leave some extra room in your suitcase to bring all your new goodies back home!

However, the one exception to this rule might be underwear.  DO NOT underestimate the importance of clean underwear and socks!  In fact, if you’re checking your luggage, you may still want to keep a pair of each in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets delayed, or you want to freshen up after a long flight.  It’s a game changer!

What are some of your travel essentials? Is there a piece of clothing or accessory you never leave home without?


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