We all know how exciting the prospect of travel can be.
The thought of lazing on a sun-kissed beach, tackling snow-capped mountains, or jumping in the car and driving halfway across the country might be very appealing. However, sooner or later, you are going to have to face up to the age-old question of ‘what am I going to pack?’
Deciding on what you will pack can be a daunting task, especially if you have a full wardrobe of clothes to consider.
It will also depend very much on what kind of travel experience you are planning, where you intend to go, and at what time of the year you will be doing so.
But to help you decide on what you should pack, here is our recommendation of 20 of the best clothes to travel with.
The more of these you put in your suitcase, the more covered you will be for any eventuality.
Off-the-shoulder Maxi Dress
Every girl should take an off-the-shoulder maxi dress with them when they travel.
The great thing about this type of maxi dress is that it allows you to look fabulous without any effort at all.
This means it is the perfect item to have available if you get back late from a day of sightseeing or chilling at the beach, and only have a few minutes spare until you have to go out for a fancy dinner.
If you can find one that is easy to wear and has pockets, then all the better!
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If you are planning to hit a sunny beach while on holiday, you’ll definitely have to pack some bikinis.
How many you should pack will depend on how long you are going for. However, we recommend you take between 3 and 5, for a week or two-week vacation respectively.
Which type of bikini you take is up to you, though it is worth being mindful of the culture of where you are heading too.
The micro G-string bikini might be fine in Australia, the Caribbean, or the Mediterranean. But not so much in parts of the Middle East.
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Jeans are the perfect item of clothing to take with you on your travels as they are so versatile.
You can match them with virtually any color top or jacket, and they can be worn for most types of occasions. So be sure to take one, if not two, pairs with you.
If you don’t have a decent pair to pack in your suitcase, or you need to buy another one to add to your collection, Maplestore has a fabulous range to choose from.
A wrap top is another must-have for when you travel.
The awesome thing about a wrap top is that there are always fears you might harbor of not having anything to wear.
Whether you adorn it as a wrap-around, tie it at the front or even just let it all hang out long, you’ll feel like you’ve put a new shirt on every time you wear it.
If you can find a decent one in the shops, the quick-drying, wrinkle-free, machine-washable styles are the best type to bring with you.
If you are looking for something that will add a bit of va va voom to your travel wardrobe, then consider taking a printed cover-up with you.
The queen of versatility, there are many ways to wear it, including putting it over jeans and a plain t-shirt or draping it over a dress with a belt.
You’ll love the flexibility this terrific little number will provide you with.
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Tie front Mini Dress
If you bring a maxi with you, be sure to bring a mini dress too, especially one that ties up at the front.
An excellent choice of the garment to wear in even the hottest of countries, you’ll feel cool and comfortable, yet look sizzling hot at the same time as you walk around in it.
A quick-drying, and abrasion-resistant pair of shorts, is a must to take with you on your travels.
Perfect to wear whilst hiking, shopping or sightseeing, you’ll be able to give them a quick wash in the sink before you go to bed. Safe in the knowledge, they will be ready to wear again the next day if you want.
Pro-tip! Try and find a pair of shorts with wicking fabric, as these will make you a lot less hot and sweaty.
Stylish and practical, not only do denim jackets look good, but they will also help keep you warm in colder climates.
Able to be matched with most other items in your suitcase – as the need arises – they are also fairly light to carry around with you when the weather can’t make up its mind what it is doing.
To find the jacket that fits your needs best, you can even read reviews on lightweight jackets.
Two-piece midi dress
If you are taking your maxi and mini dress away with you, then why not make it a full set with a two-piece mini dress as well?
Another garment that is very flexible, it can just as easily be worn as a bikini cover-up, as it can a dinner ensemble.
However, you choose to wear it, a jazzy number like this will always turn heads.
Open front blazer
If you are traveling for work, an open-front blazer will be handy to take with you.
For a start, unlike some jackets, it won’t crease in transit, so you will be able to wear it with your work clothes.
But also, when you do have free time in the evening, you can always pair it with jeans or a dress, to rock a sassy outfit, in which to head out for a night on the town.
A simple t-shirt dress is a girl’s best friend when it comes to packing for your travels.
Not only do they pack down tiny if you roll them up, but you can also wear them from day to night.
Just swap out sandals or sneakers during the day, for heels at night, and you are good to go!
Joggers are another clothing item that won’t take up too much room in your suitcase if you roll it up.
If they are made of wrinkle-resistant fabric, they won’t crease either, so you will be able to wear them for both casual and more dressy occasions.
Loose Fit Jumpsuits
If you don’t have one already, do yourself a favor and go and buy a loose-fit jumpsuit to take on your travels.
A wonderful thing to pack in your luggage, the possibilities of how to wear it are endless.
Whether you put it on with a bralette, t-shirt, tank, or long sleeves or just wear it on its own, you’ll be covered for multiple scenarios whilst you are away.
V-Neck Skater Dress
Another dress style that is easy to pack, a V-Neck Skater Dress will enable you to adopt a slightly different look when you are out and about.
Suitable to be worn during the day, with both sneakers and sandals, this is another garment you can transition into at night, just by slipping on a pair of heels and maybe adding a belt for good measure.
Fitted Tank Top
When it comes to fitted tank tops, the question shouldn’t be ‘will I take one?’, but rather ‘how many will I take?’
A must for any girl’s travel wardrobe selection, you can pair a fitted sports or yoga tank, and a padded bra, with high-waisted leggings or shorts.
If the weather is interchangeable, simply put on a sweatshirt or sweater over it, to keep yourself warm.
Hoodies are a no-brainer, especially in colder climates, so make sure you take at least one with you.
They can be worn with pretty much every other outfit you brought, and in every country, you visit. Which is very handy in the middle of winter, or on those early or late summer nights, when the wind chill picks up.
Another good option for destinations where the weather might be cooler is a swing dress.
You can wear it on its own, or layered with your favorite coat, depending on the weather. This means you can explore your destination safely in the knowledge that you will be comfortable, whatever the temperature.
This is also another garment that can be easily transitioned from day to night, just by swapping over your footwear.
If you are heading to a destination where the weather is likely to be cold or windy, a puffer jacket is a terrific choice.
While a thick padded one will keep you nice and warm in the middle of winter, a lightweight and water-resistant one is good for travel in early spring or late autumn.
When not wearing your puffer jacket, it makes a decent makeshift pillow. Which is perfect for those times when you are facing a long bus or train journey.
A good pair of sandals or thongs is essential for any trip, especially to a hot country.
Not only do they not take up much room in your suitcase, but they can also be worn for everything from trips to the beach, or shopping downtown, to casual dinners and a night at the tiki bar.
Little Black Dress
It goes without saying that you should pack a little black dress with you for when you travel.
Sexy, and very chic, it is always good to have something like it on hand, as you never know when you might need to wear it. Or want to impress someone.