Pack light – Travel Chic with KIDS
Pack Light – Travel Chic with KIDS
When we daydream about travel and adventures we are all dressed like princesses out on a romantic adventure.
But, in the real world, we need clothes that work, clothes that function, clothes that wash themselves (Well, we can wish, right?) and clothes that look good. You need to pack light and travel chic. You CAN look great and pack light!
What does that mean, really? It means, you need something that is comfortable, works in the climate, shows very little dirt or wrinkles and can be hand washed in a pinch (or by choice). Worried you will feel frumpy or worse….look frumpy?
Nonsense!! Travel wear is available in all sizes and for all shapes and budgets. AND you can look cute!
Pack Light – Travel Chic with KIDS: Tips for choosing travel pants.
Try REI or other outdoor stores for the latest in casual travel pants….casual. They wash, tend to be wrinkle free, and are comfortable. You can go anywhere on the planet in a classic pair of pants in a classic color. These cute pants are by Kuhl.
Academy sells virtually the same thing for less! This casual classic is by Columbia. They roll up to be worn as shorts, too.
Want to look a little more crisp? Like business casual? Try golf clothes. Dick’s Sporting Good has a great selection. I love my crisp, comfortable and bullet proof (not really, but wrinkle proof!) golf trousers by Nike.
By all means wear jeans! (Hey! That rhymes!) Buy your fav and take it them. You are sure to find a length and style that will fit into your trip. Jeans go everywhere, too!
Pack Light – Travel Chic with KIDS: Tips for Choosing Travel Tops
For tops.. a travel SECRET.
You can buy ‘travel shirts’ from places like Travel Smith and Magellens, and their stuff gets cuter all the time, but the truth is…the secret…you heard it here first……polyester travels. Period. I love this fantastic top from Forever 21.
Or shop right in your own closet! Some of your ‘regular’ clothes might be travel friendly. If they aren’t now…they will be. Travel friendly stuff is so easy to care for!
Pack Light – Travel Chic with KIDS: Tips for Choosing Travel Friendly Fabrics
It has to be washable.
Whether you wash it in the sink or have someone else do it for you, packing light means washing. Read my post about laundry here for tips!
Say YES to:
Say NO to:
Dry clean only
Lay flat to dry
Pack Light -Travel Chic with KIDS: Mix and Match your few pieces to make LOTS of outfits.
Choose a color palette to mix and match.
I like to wear neutral pants so I can wear very colorful tops. I prefer black, jeans, and pants that are ‘dirt’ colored.
Bright colored tops make for some fun photos, too, especially in the dead of winter when things are often dreary.
Choose accessories to feel ready for the evening or a special event.
Scarves, belts, and jewelry all go a long way to making outfits feel different or spiced up. I personally don’t fuss with this stuff. I have so much hanging around my neck – bag, hat strap, camera strap…a scarf or necklaces just feel in the way.
Another reason I never take accessories is that I like to buy them along the way….belt from El Escorial in Spain, scarf from Granada, necklace from Madrid, earrings from Ronda, and more scarves from Morocco because the colors were spectacular! These are loads of fun at home, too…wonderful travel souvenirs.
But if you like accessories, but all means pack them. They are lightweight and take up very little room! This scarf even secretly holds your goodies! You can order here.
Pack Light – Travel Chic with KIDS: Be prepared for weather
Check the forecast.
You can get an average monthly temperatures and rainfall averages at World Weather Online. Then, as the trip gets closer look for the 10 day forecast. Don’t guess about the weather and be prepared.
Layers work the best. Plan on wearing everything at the coldest temp and them peel as it warms up. This is especially important if you are visiting cities with really different weather – like a coastal town and a mountain visit in the same trip.
Umbrella vs Rain jacket
People have strong opinions on this topic, isn’t that interesting? If you are in a crowded city, I highly recommend ditching the umbrella. Using one I’ve had to try really hard to not bump into other people and it made getting around town harder than necessary. While in cities and towns I leave the umbrella at home.
Cheap ponchos are a GREAT thing to carry. They are lightweight, cheap and disposable. I carry them – even if I have a rain jacket because I can toss it on OVER a backpack or camera and keep that stuff dry, too.
The Educational Tourist’s Family Packing List
I like a no nonsense approach to travel clothing and value comfort and functionality over fashion. I have outfits A, B, and C and wear them over and over. Weekend A, B ….long weekend? A, B, C ….2 week European vacation? A,B,C,A,B,C,A,B,C….
Outfit A: purple pants and matching blouse
Outfit B: long sleeved sunscreen shirt and navy pants
Outfit C: Jeans and black and white blouse
Pack Light – Travel Chic: The Educational Tourist’s packing list
3 pants (wear one)
3 tops (wear one)
2 shoes (wear one)
underthings/socks (the number depends on how many days between hotels with laundry – these are machine washed)
Why pack light -travel chic?
Pack light because stuff grows! Have you had this happen?
Pack light because too much stuff is heavy!
Pack light because you don’t wear all of it anyway..
Pack light because old hotels don’t have elevators and you must climb AND carry…
Pack light because subway stations have stairs and you have to climb AND carry all your stuff AND read the map!
Pack light because taxis in other countries can be very small…
Pack light because you pay per bag!
The BEST reason to pack light is……Because you need room to bring stuff back!
Pack Light -Travel Chic with KIDS: Rethink
Rethink your need for completely new outfits everyday. Only your traveling party will know it anyway. When you travel you seen new people every day!
It is only 10 days/2 weeks out of your life….like maternity clothes…when you are done, you can pack them away and never look at them again! Pack light and travel chic!
Happy and chic travels,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist