What to Wear: Travel – How to Look Stylish while Saving Money

With increasing travel costs, it is even more important to pack wisely and compact. Here are a few tips that will save you time and money:

Planning is essential

Make a list of everything you need for the trip. That way you’ll be sure not to forget anything.

Stay organized.

Keep your travel itinerary on your phone or tablet. As an added measure, you can also keep a folder to keep a paper airline itinerary, boarding info, hotel and car rental information, etc. so in the unfortunate event that you cannot retrieve your information.

Coordinate

Consider your fabrics. Choose fabrics that resist wrinkles. Microfibers, knits, silks, wools, (items that may have a little spandex) are fabrics that will maintain its shape and minimize wrinkling.

Coordinate your colors. To maximize your wardrobe, create a capsule of two colors – a neutral color (preferably a darker color) and a color to complement. An example could be navy/beige cluster consisting of a jacket, skirt (or sheath dress), trouser, printed blouse (has capsule colors), solid beige blouse, beige cardigan, navy heels and brown flats. You may want to include gym shoes and 2 tees and short for your workouts.

Layer your Clothing.

For your travel clothes, layering is key. For instance, back to the color capsule, you could wear brown trousers (has a little stretch), a brown print tunic. with the brown flats. For your outerwear, you can wear a cape like the one in the picture. It is stylish, compact and can keep you warm.

Accessories.

Carry your accessories for each outfit in a separate bag. You can use a Ziploc bag or I use sheer, drawstring pouches (I purchased 10 for about $5 at Walmart) and place them in my zipper section in my purse or carry-on bag.

Laundry

Know where your hotel’s laundry facilities are located and opt to wash your clothing. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s laundry service if you prefer. You can use the shower curtain bar as a clothesline to hang your hand-washed lingerie. Additionally, I keep a gallon size Ziploc bag or grocery bag to keep my soiled items if I am unable to launder.

These tips will help make your travel experience easier while saving money (not having to pay for extra baggage or buying clothing because you forgot something) and still maintaining your sense of style.

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About Nancy Gettridge

Nancy Gettridge is founder of Phenomenal Image, a career strategy coaching firm dedicated to helping women reach their full leadership potential.  Frequent points of discussion include aligning one's life purpose to one's career and gender bias in the workplace.   Other key topics include career strategy, leadership, and overcoming workplace issues.  You can get weekly career tips straight to your email by subscribing here
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