Below are a few of my most helpful travel clothes, which do multiple tasks. (I definitely have more items I need to add.) XO
I always have a clean pair of flip flops/shower shoes to wear inside lodging. When I saw these, it was like finding pink fuzzy house slippers and shower shoes in one. I had to have them (they make me smile). When I walk through the door of my lodging, they slip on as my house slippers. Plus, they're wonderful as my shower shoes (they don't soak up water). I have a size 9.5 foot and bought these in a 9. The length is perfect and just a little snug around the strap. Buy these in black (or any neutral color) and they triple as a lightweight dress shoe for a multitude of outfits. BONUS: Mine didn't have a rubber/chemical smell.
I adore Chaco sandals because the right color/style (double straps!) can serve as my main shoe for the warmer half of the year, they tackle both sidewalks and hiking trails, all while looking cute with shorts, pants, skirts and dresses. I also love their foot and arch support and that I can wash them in a front loader. My foot is a size 9.5 and a size 9 in Chaco's gives me plenty of bumper toe protection (if I hit a rock head on, the shoe hits the rock and my toe doesn't). EXAMPLE: This photo shows me in a smaller size 8 (an emergency purchase) and you can see that my big toes are too close to the edge of the shoe and could hit a rock. So it’s vital to watch where the toes hit and buy these long enough so the toes don’t hang over the edge (when the foot is fully forward).
I like one pair of boots to serve as my only outdoor shoes for the colder half of the year. It’s not always easy to find a perfect pair of boots, but these are cute enough to dress up or down with my wardrobe, are waterproof and vegan, have grippy soles (perfect for hiking or city), are easy to take on and off (even without zippers), have faux fur that goes well with greys or browns, are toasty warm, can easily be washed in a front-loader, and are lightweight (making it easier to pack them into a suitcase). SIZING: I’m a size 9.5, but my toes need room to spread wide. So, if you can believe it, a size 12 in these boots is perfect for me. BONUS: There was no chemical smell when these arrived.
After a lifetime of searching, I finally found a comfy, easy on/off, no hook, attractive bra in fun colors. BONUS: The straps also cross in the back to wear under racerback tops...and sleeping in these bras, on a plane, provides the most comfort I've found yet.
One of the toughest challenges with cold weather clothing is finding an extra warm base layer top that also looks feminine. This is this only base layer top I’ve ever found with a true scoop neck and an overall elegant feel to it. This means I can wear it with just about any style of clothing and it will blend in while keeping me warm.
The other challenge with base layers is finding a thin (no bulk) base layer bottom that will also blend in with just about any outfit. Because when my bottom base layer is too thick, I literally feel tired and trapped in my clothing all day. Thankfully, these insulating, anti-static, and moisture-wicking bottoms are sleek. One can also buy these in an extra warm version.
This lightweight, thin, one-size fits all, stretchy dress has so many uses it’s like a little miracle. It can be worn alone or over/under another outfit for extra warmth, so one doesn’t have to pack a bulky sweater. The light weight and scoop neck are a real find. It’s easy to wash and hang dry.
These lightweight, thin, one-size fits all, stretchy leggings can be worn on their own or under another outfit/dress for warmth. They are made by the same brand as the scoop neck dress above, which means when they’re paired together, they match perfectly. In addition, the waist is thin and smooth, eliminating a larger bulky waistband. These are easy to wash and hang dry.
There’s nothing more comfy than putting on a stretchy warm dress when one is frigid. I bought this dress to help me stay warm when I also want to look nice (on planes, at conferences, in cold outdoor temperatures). I wear the sleeves all the way down and can layer this over the seamless scoop neck dress and/or nice leggings above. This dress has a tad more weight to it, but I find a layer like this necessary when I’m freezing (and I’m freezing far too often). I’m 5’7”, 120 pounds, and this dress (in a small) falls a bit lower on the legs than what you see here. It’s extremely flattering.
In the heat of the summer, while walking everywhere under the sun, I need a white breezy top to sweat in (and that will wick/dry) throughout the day. I find it well worth investing in at least one high quality shirt that can reliably handle this job. And this breathable tencel top by prAna is adorable.
In moderate and cooler temperatures, I wear/layer a comfy fitted tee. But I’ve had the hardest time finding a long-sleeve, lightweight, and fitted shirt made from eco material (organic, hemp, bamboo, etc.) that I love. So, right now, these are my next best thing. They’re lightweight, stretchy, comfy, and cute. I can wear them alone or under a short-sleeve fitted tee and they always look flattering. But as soon as I find an eco version that I love, I’ll be sure to share them here. =)
I find it fun and wise to have a pair of lightweight, loose fitting, stretchy, low-rise boyfriend jeans in my bag (holes are definitely not necessary). Because when they’re light enough, loose enough, stretchy enough, and low enough, they are cute, comfy, and provide ventilation (in warmer temps). And, if I’m cold, there’s room to add a thin base layer underneath. This allows me to wear them during all four seasons. Of course (!), they stopped making my favorite pair, but the link gives an idea of what’s out there. BONUS: lightweight and stretchy make them easier to pack, wash and dry.
These pants take me hiking in unbearable heat, plus around town, without looking so much like hiking pants. They stretch, breathe, quick-dry, yet feel like ultra-light cotton. And they've been tough: the first time I wore them hiking, I was trapped to my knees in a slimy green bog, was positive I'd just ruined them, but they magically washed up like new. The waist/ankle drawcords keep things loose or snug (perfect for keeping critters out). UPDATE: I just saw these in the newest spring style, and noticed they're made with slightly different material. Still worth checking out.
I initially bought my buff to use as an extra winter layer around my neck. However, it’s also fantastic for protection from year-round cold, wind, and sun. It has endless uses:
hand towel (quick drying)
the list goes on…!