Travel Clothing:

We’re often taught that it’s near impossible to find travel clothing that’s comfy, versatile, or attractive. Yet I love to seek out clothing that fits all my travel needs (functional for travel, lighter layers, can fit over/under items that help us blend in, or can be dressed up or down). Below are some of my favorite basics.


Three Shoes in One | House, Shower, Dress

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)…

  • as soon as I walk through the door of my lodging, I slip these on as my house slippers (they don’t go outside, so as to help keep the indoor floors clean)

  • they’re also my shower shoes (they don't soak up water)

  • buying these in black or neutral allows this shoe to triple as a lightweight dress shoe for a multitude of outfits

These are ultra-lightweight. I’m a size 9.5 with a wider toe bed and a size 9 is the perfect length, and slightly snug around the strap. I also wash them in a front loader, whenever needed.

CONFESSION: These are so thin and lightweight that I have both the pink and the black. I like to pretend that they count as one shoe (I only feel a little guilty about this). They easily fit in the door of my luggage. Since I only pack one other pair of shoes in my luggage (plus wear a pair of shoes), I think this is okay. =)


Comfort Bra | especially for those who dislike bras

After a lifetime of searching, I finally found this bra, which…

  • is comfy (even to sleep in, on planes)

  • is easy on and off (no hook)

  • has straps that can also cross in the back (for racerbacks)


Undies | Cooling, Leak-Proof

Even though these undies were intended for that time of the month, I wear them everyday because:

  • they are ultra thin (take up hardly any space)

  • they are comfy (can’t even tell they are on)

  • they are cooling (exquisite in scorching summer heat)

I’m 5’7”, 120lb, and buy a Small. They feel a tad snug when first worn, but soon stretch out to a perfect fit. Apparently, this is how they size.


Short Linen Dresses | Made in Italy

When I’m not in hiking gear, I’m loving these simple, beautiful short linen dresses, which are…

  • super affordable

  • lightweight soft linen

  • perfect for summer in (hot) Europe

I have several of these short dresses in different styles/colors, and I love them all. I'm 5'7" and 120lb and the medium feels perfect. There’s room for shrinkage, plus they’re still roomy enough to allow airflow in stifling heat. FYI: I like a little extra room when wearing material that doesn’t stretch. So I’d rather hire a seamstress to take it in later, if desired, than have it shrink too small.

Gently washing and drying these in a front loader, where they have room to tumble loosely, helps prevent wrinkling (as I don’t bring an iron).

Some different styles are also sold at Sierra.


Long Linen Dresses | Made in Italy

When I’m not in hiking gear, I’m loving these simple, beautiful long linen dresses, which are…

  • super affordable

  • lightweight soft linen

  • perfect for summer in (hot) Europe

I have a couple of these long dresses in different styles/colors, and I love them all. I'm 5'7" and 120lb and the medium feels perfect. There’s room for shrinkage, plus they’re still roomy enough to allow airflow in stifling heat. FYI: I like a little extra room when wearing material that doesn’t stretch. So I’d rather hire a seamstress to take it in later, if desired, than have it shrink too small.

NOTE: This neckline can actually adjust to be a much wider (more open) and flatter neckline, making it feel much cooler. I love its elegant look for days when coverage is necessary.

Gently washing and drying these in a front loader, where they have room to tumble loosely, helps prevent wrinkling (as I don’t bring an iron).

Some different styles are also sold at Sierra.



Shoe | for Spring + Summer

I adore my vegan Chaco sandals because:

  • the right color/style can serve as my main shoe for half of the year

  • they tackle both sidewalks and hiking trails

  • I can walk endlessly in them

  • I love their foot and arch support

  • they look cute with shorts, pants, skirts and dresses

  • 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, my toe doesn't

    • meaning, when sizing, it’s important to push the foot fully forward, to verify the toes won’t ever reach the edge

    • (the photo shows me in a too small size 8, an emergency purchase, where you can see that my big toes are too close to the edge of the shoe, thus my toes could hit a rock)

    • (of course, I will likely wait until my size 8 wears out before I buy a proper size 9, as I love this pair so much)


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Breezy Top | Made from Eco Tencel

In the heat of the summer, while walking everywhere under the sun, I need a loose fitting light top that:

  • I can sweat in

  • wicks/dries/ventilates throughout the day

  • protects from sunburn

  • can be dressed up or down

  • looks cute

And this top is amazing! I hope they keep making it, adding more light/summer colors and styles.

Washing and drying this in a front loader, where it has room to tumble loosely, helps prevent wrinkling (as I don’t bring an iron).


Lightweight Top | Made from Poplin

This is my other white top that…

  • I can sweat in

  • wicks/dries/ventilates throughout the day

  • protects from sunburn

  • can be dressed up or down

  • looks cute (especially with the sleeves rolled up)

Washing and drying this in a front loader, where it has room to tumble loosely, helps prevent wrinkling (as I don’t bring an iron).


Boyfriend Jeans

Not normally considered practical for travel, I find it fun to have a pair of loose-fitting, low-rise boyfriend jeans (holes not necessary) that are small to pack, quicker to dry (than regular jeans), and comfy in all seasons. To make this possible, these jeans must be made of material that’s:

  • thin

  • lightweight

  • stretchy

TIP: The benefit of the current trend, with holes, is that it provides ventilation in summer. The benefit of having a baggy pair is that it feels more comfy in the heat of the summer (room to ventilate), and in the winter there’s room to add a base layer underneath, for warmth.



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Base Top

One of the toughest challenges…is finding a base layer top that also looks feminine. This base layer top has a deep scoop neck and an overall elegant feel to it (their crew neck is kind of scoopy neck, too). This means I can wear it under just about any style of clothing and it blends in. Plus, it’s soft and stretchy.

Base Bottom

The other challenge with base layers is finding a thin (no bulk) base layer bottom that will also blend in with/under just about any outfit (or could actually be worn on its own). This moisture-wicking bottom is sleek and lightweight, which means I can more easily use it for year-round layering.


Dress | for Colder Temperatures

I bought this dress to help me stay warm when I want to look nice in cold temperatures. This dress has a tad more weight to it, but I find a layer like this necessary when I’m cold (plus it’s appropriate for just about any event). It’s extremely flattering in person (all the ladies in the store fell in love with it).


Lightweight Fleece Coat | My Plane Blanket/“Planket

I bought this lightweight fleece coat because no matter the time of year, I freeze on long flights (and in conferences). So now I don’t have to carry/borrow a travel blanket. I can just wear it.

  • it’s lined (many out there are not)

  • it’s roomy (great for sleeping in)

  • to pack it up, I roll it similar to a travel blanket


Multifunctional Accessory

I initially bought my buff to use as an extra warm layer around my neck. However, it provides year-round protection from sun, dust, wind, cold. It has endless uses:

  • neck protection

  • face mask

  • eye mask

  • hair band/scarf/wrap/hat

  • wristband

  • hand towel (quick drying)

  • the list goes on…


Boot | for Fall + Winter

I like one pair of boots to serve as my only outdoor shoe for the cold half of the year. It’s not always easy to find a perfect pair of boots, but surprisingly, these:

  • are cute enough in person to dress up or down (with my wardrobe)

  • have faux fur that goes well with greys or browns

  • are waterproof

  • are toasty warm

  • have grippy soles (perfect for hiking and city)

  • are easy to take on and off (without the need to untie)

  • are super lightweight and easy to fold/pack

  • still maintain their upright position (no flopping over when off)

  • can be washed in a front-loader

  • are vegan

SIZING: I’m a size 9.5, but my wide toes need room to spread out with each step. So, if you can believe it, a size 12 in these boots fit perfectly.