We’ve all been eager to greet the first rays of sun, and now that everything is in full bloom, it’s time to pack up and make your travel bug as happy as ever! Whether you’re in need of a break from your office chaos, and you’re in the perfect mood for a spa escape, or you’re ready for a sightseeing adventure abroad, your packing list awaits as the only obstacle between you and pure bliss.
Let’s tackle this problem once and for all with a spring-tastic must-have list for you to check before you lock the door and put on your fab shades!
Layers still rule
Unless you’re traveling to the Bahamas (in which case, lucky!), you should still consider bringing a few essentials. Take the items that will still let you stick to a light luggage, but keep you warm in cooler evenings or dry in case of rain. For instance, bring a lightweight knitted sweater, or a multipurpose jacket such as a windbreaker for all non-formal occasions, and it might just replace your carry-on bag for a shorter flight.
Add to that a pair of jeans that wears well in any weather, and a few white tees, and you have the wardrobe pick any minimalist would fall in love with. You can add diversity with a colorful scarf or baubles, and don’t forget your signature LBD in case of a more formal outing.
Sunny days mean that you can finally whip out those retro aviators you’ve been waiting to wear for months – and if you’re into the latest trends, spice it up with a tortoise-shell pattern, or pick the kitty-cat-shaped shades for a bolder, more dramatic look.
As for your jewelry, consider picking only a handful of things you absolutely know you’ll wear, and you can even put them on for the flight. Wherever you’re going, consider bringing a smart wallet, a neck wallet, or a money belt that can hold your passport, your cash, and your cards safely tucked in.
Don’t forget your beauty kit
Even if you’re in for a brief flight or just a ride away from your spring holiday destination, that’s no excuse to neglect your radiant complexion! Although you might be tempted to pack most of your makeup, do your best to resist the temptation and choose only nourishing goodies that truly cherish your looks.
For example, instead of heavy concealers and highlighters, use skin care essentials such as a moisturizer or a serum to prevent irritation and other inconveniences often caused by travel. Of course, you can always bring a red lipstick and a mascara to update your look, but make using lip balm and facial cleansers and mists a priority!
While the idea is for you to spend a little time away from all the digital craziness, and preferably leave your laptop at home, there are a few exceptions to the no-gimmicks rule for your spring escape. These are meant to make your journey more comfortable and allow you to tune out when there’s a noisy passenger nearby, or you just feel like listening to your favorite tunes.
A perfect choice is the noise-canceling headphones you can carry with you everywhere, and there are wireless options for even greater convenience. Other useful tools include a portable charger so that you can always have your phone at the ready, and you’ll never have to worry about having access to your digital calendar or your Google Maps route while sightseeing!
Keep your shoes comfy
Unfortunately, the layering philosophy doesn’t work with footwear, although we’re still waiting and hoping for the perfect pair of heels that will easily adapt to any weather, slippery icy evenings included. Until then, you should stick to your most comfortable sneakers, and considering the street style frenzy going on, white will be the dreamiest choice for pretty much any outfit.
For cooler climates, ankle boots make the ideal stylish yet functional pick, while your toes deserve some freedom in leather sandals for warmer spots. The key point is to stick to flats, but if you plan to have a fancy dinner, then take a pair of lightweight heels, but comfy wedges can also do the trick!