Travel in Style: A Few Simple Tricks
Tips on how to pack less but look more fashionable
It happens. You are going on a dream holiday, far, far away. Location? Bali. But there’s one looming question in your head: what to pack? Okay, and maybe a few more: how do I fit my whole closet into a not-so-big suitcase? How do I travel in style if I have a limited luggage allowance? Do I need another dress? And so on...
If you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions and still don’t have the answers, I gotchu. Stay calm, take a deep breath, and keep reading. Gone are the days of packing everything you own and hoping for the best.
Packing can be a hassle. We’ve all been there. The solution is actually simple - it is all about planning in advance. The process doesn’t have to take forever, and if you know what you’re doing it can actually be quite fun.
Organize your holiday gear
Don’t know how? Here are a few tips on how to avoid packing related stress, travel in style, and enjoy yourself during your holiday. All at the same time.
1. Think colors
It will be much easier if you pick a color palette and stick to it. You will be able to match any top with any bottom if they are in similar color tones. Think universal. Think which colors go well together and keep your travel closet in that color scheme. None of the colors will contrast too much and you can mix and match as you wish.
If you’re struggling, here is a pro tip:
Whites, beiges, blues, and pastels complement each other well. They look great in beach surroundings, forests, and cityscapes. What’s more, brighter colors are generally better for warm temperatures. They reflect the sunlight, unlike dark colors which absorb the light. Result: You will travel in style, but you won’t get too hot which allows you to survive longer in that warm sunny destination you’ve been dreaming of.
2. Mix and match
As mentioned before, don’t be afraid to “recycle” your pieces. Mix and match them with each other to create new outfits. Look at it this way: if you pack three different tops and three bottoms that makes nine completely different outfits. Simple as that. 💁
Same top, different bottoms - I don’t want anyone to notice!
Don’t worry, there is so much you can do with just one T-shirt. You can let it loose, tie it up, wear it as a dress, roll the sleeves, tuck it into your pants or skirt, throw on a jacket, etc. No one will notice that it’s the exact same item you were wearing the day before. It's our little secret. To travel in style don’t be afraid to be your own stylist and get creative! Want some inspiration? Pinterest is your best friend!
3. Plan ahead and do your research
If you plan your outfits ahead, you will avoid disappointment and the morning “what to wear” stress. Yes, we all know this one too well. You can also pack your clothes pre-arranged in outfits. Take it out of the suitcase ready to wear and thank yourself for packing in advance. Can you think of anything more convenient?
Research the area you’re going to
Check out places you would like to sightsee and see what is okay and what is not okay to wear there. Many cultures have dress codes different from your home and you don’t want to be THAT tourist: walking around everywhere in a bikini. Parts of Bali are pretty chill, but there are some unwritten rules. #1: You don’t want to offend locals - you’re visiting their land, so be respectful. You will definitely want to pack at least one outfit that covers your shoulders and knees if you want to see temples or any other sacred places. We suggest wearing a long dress and bringing a light-weight scarf to cover your shoulders.
You can also research colors or designs that would look complementary with the surroundings. Apart from traveling in style, you will look great in the pictures! #InstaWorthy
4. Quality over quantity
It’s better to pack fewer, but better quality and more stylish pieces than to pack a lot of whatever ‘just in case’ items. You know you look fantastic in these pieces and paired together they make memorable outfits.
5. Less (shoes) is more (space)
Let’s face it - you will be probably running around in one pair of flipflops every day. So if you already took a few more pairs from your closet, put them back in. You essentially need to pack one pair of open toe shoes and one pair of sneakers, for waterfall walks and so on. The rest can stay at home and wait for when you’re back. You will save a lot of space and extra weight in your luggage. PS. No need to take heels - heels are a big no no.
6. Use packing cubes
Packing cubes will help you save a lot of space and organize luggage. No more sitting on your suitcase trying to zip it. Remember tip number 3? Here packing cubes come in real handy. You can arrange your outfits by the days and keep similar tops and bottoms that match together. Less mess and no more tears while looking for a “missing” T-shirt or a dress.
7. Does it spark joy?
And if you’re still thinking: what if I need one more dress or one more cute top? Ask yourself - what would Marie Kondo do?
Marie Kondo is a Japanese organizing consultant. She came up with a popular method of organizing called ‘KonMari.’ You just need to ask yourself if each item “sparks joy” and if you will actually be happy wearing it. You can easily apply it to your packing regime and avoid packing unnecessary items that you will never actually wear.
Lastly, YOU CAN DO IT! With just a bit of preparation instead of a stressful hassle, packing can turn into a fun styling session. But be honest and strict with yourself, take a step back and pack only the essentials. Once again, minimalism for the win. And if you need a fashion staple that will match your exotic adventure, check out my handmade boho Bali style ata bags. The neutral color and style will match any outfit!
Happy trip to Bali (or anywhere else you’re planning to go)! Hopefully, these tips will help you to travel in style and hassle-free. Any questions or recommendations needed? Don’t hesitate to contact me, I’ll send you a list of my favorite Bali spots along with some other helpful travel tips!