Travel Right: Tips for the Jet-Setter
You struggle with what to wear on a daily basis, so
simplify your vacation wardrobe to maximize relaxation time. With a few key pieces and a streamlined strategy, you
can look chic, comfy and appropriate.
Here's an easy system for casual, warm-weather
- Comfort is the key. When traveling,
look for fabrics that stretch like cotton knits or blends (nylon/lycra/spandex).
These items pack better and come out wrinkle-free.
- Colors should be basic; separates should mix
and match. Black, white, khaki and denim are ideal, but don't be
afraid of punchy colors like red or orange for summer.
- Take at least one sarong. This is a
lifesaver, because you can wear it to and from the beach and pool, wrap it
around your swimsuit and take off for a four-wheel adventure, pair it with a
tank top for brunch or cocktail hour.
- Shorts and tops make an easy daytime uniform.
Take a few extra tank tops to layer with button-up blouses or to wear on
their own. Avoid logo Ts or flashy designer goods -- they'll both you make
stand out as a tourist.
- Dresses for night, either long or
short, make looking pulled together a snap. As we all know, a great
black dress will take you anywhere.
- A cardigan. Lightweight knit
cardigans in basic black or white can be tossed around the shoulders,
layered over a T-shirt or tank dress, or worn alone with dressy pants for
- Buy accessories there. Leave
your expensive jewelry at home and buy local treasures. If you are in
the islands, add a recently purchased coral necklace or straw bangle
- Two pair of shoes -- are the bare
minimum, casual sandals and dressy sandals. Two optional additions:
thongs for the pool or sneaker/athletic shoes.
- Dress like yourself. Vacations
might seem ideal for trying a new look (it's not like you're ever going to
see those people again) but don't be tempted to vary too far from your
style. Not only will you feel uncomfortable, you'll waste lots of space and
time with clothes you won't like wearing.
- Take a hat. A summer vacation is
one of the few places a large-brimmed straw hat is not going to look
ridiculous. Take advantage!
|Take easy-care fabrics.
Lightweight wovens and knits can be washed and dripped dry in a hotel room.
|Leave your expensive clothes behind
if you travel with kids.
|A big tote
that zips on the top (to deter pickpockets) is a travel necessity.
|Veteran travelers never worry about fancy
luggage. Airline travel is just as
hard on status luggage as practical bags, so don't waste your money.
|Don't travel too light. It's
better to have an extra outfit or two than to be stuck with nothing to wear
(or worse -- overpay for something you'll never wear again from the hotel