what to wear when traveling

You want to scale peaks in Nepal, to enjoy hand-churned gelato on the steps of the Duomo. You want your outfits to be rivaled by the brilliant spectrum of a parrot’s feathers in Rio de Janeiro, and you want to get a henna tattoo in India. You want to sidle along coral reefs in Australia and elephants in Kenya.

You want to see the world.


Traveling is exciting, exhilarating, and, if you don’t have packing down to a science, stressful. Use our helpful tips to eliminate the anxiety and maximize the anticipation for your next big getaway!

The Rags Exchange Packing List

  • Sunglasses. Whether you’re kayaking through Norway or sightseeing in Paris, this is an accessory that you’ll never regret.

  • LBD. Don’t be fooled by the acronym. Depending upon where you’re going, “little black dress” might garner some offended states. Do some research on the culture of your destination. In most of Europe or Australia, a simple black shift dress will be a great, versatile addition to your suitcase. If you’re heading to somewhere like Morocco or India, where the accepted dress code is more conservative, bring along a “long black dress.” You can layer your maxi with a scarf or simple sweater if it gets cool, making it the perfect versatile addition to your luggage.

  • Define “Multipurpose.” Pack things that you can mix and match. Trade out the hot pink velvet pants for a pair of grey or black skinny jeans. Cotton and rayon are generally wrinkle-resistant, so try to stick with fabrics that can be folded up in your suitcase without looking like they’ve been balled up in the corner of your drawer for the past year. Bring a variety of cuts and sleeve lengths to make layering a breeze.

  • Accents that sparkle. Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. If you’re limited on space, it’s best to bring outfits that are versatile. Dress up a simple ensemble with bright bangles or a bold belt. Don’t go overboard and tote along the entire contents of your jewelry box, but bring along a few items that will transform an outfit into a beacon of brilliance.

  • Footwear first. Whether you’re hiking through mountains or strolling down cobblestone streets, your feet are probably going to get a lot of mileage on your trip. Choose footwear that you know is comfortable. Make sure that they’re worn in well before you depart so you don’t get treated to blisters or rubbing. The comfort of your feet can have a huge impact on your state of being – so only treat them to the best!

  • Add color. Bring along your favorite lipstick and blush to give your face a pop of color. Add a smile and voila! You’ll be ready to conquer the world.

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Leigh Michael