The key to successful packing is choosing clothes that are lightweight, can easily be rinsed out, dried and worn again is always a good idea too. But, even more important is packing a handful of versatile items that can easily be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits and looks. Here are few examples of travel clothes that are extremely versatile.
A versatile maxi skirt is important, not only for your suitcase but for your entire wardrobe because you can go from a casual afternoon of sightseeing to a more glamorous evening out on the town with just the change of your shoes, top and some accessories. If you pick a flowy, lightweight maxi skirt, you can even wear it out for your walk on the beach.
A nice pashmina is another clothing item that is great for your suitcase and your wardrobe. The term “Pashmina”, originally known for being made with pashmina cashmere, is now a term that some people use to describe a large scarf.
Regardless of the name, it’s a surprisingly versatile item which can be worn around the shoulders like a shawl for a glamorous evening out, wrapped around your waist as a skirt for a beachside restaurant or worn as a scarf for the trip between home and your departure airport.
You can see in this video, 7 stylish ways to wear a pashmina.
There are some really beautiful ones out there and it’s so easy to find one that suits your style.
If you like leggings, pack a couple of pairs and maybe even a pair of jeggings (jean leggings) instead of jeans. They’re extremely comfortable, lightweight, virtually crease proof and can easily be rolled up to fit into a tiny space. They’re also very versatile. You can wear them to workout or as pyjamas. You can dress them up and wear them under a long button-down shirt or throw on a chunky sweater over them. If you’re travelling to countries where you want to visit a Buddhist temple, you can throw on a pair of jeggings over your shorts because you’re not allowed to wear shorts in Buddhist temples.
Tank Tops / Vest Tops
If you like tank tops aka vest tops, it’s always worth packing a few in your bags. They’re not only great for the gym or while jogging, if you choose the right type, they’ll also look good when worn with trousers, shorts, leggings or an appropriate skirt. On colder days, they can be worn under a long sleeve top as an extra layer to help you stay warmer.
A loose blouse or tunic
A slightly baggy blouse can quickly be given a new look, by simply adding a belt. If it’s long enough, it can be worn as a mini-dress. For even more versatility choose the type that has ¾ roll-up sleeves.
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Be sure to mix and match your clothing items.
Team up your leggings with your long top or tunic. Wear that same top with your maxi skirt or swap out the top for the tank and wear it with both the leggings and the maxi skirt. You’ll be surprised at how many different outfits you can make with 5 versatile clothing items.
If you’d like more packing tips, you might find this infographic interesting.