We travel for many reasons, including broadening our horizons, learning about other cultures, meeting new people, and challenging ourselves. But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that everything that’s connected to travelling has to be so grand. We also travel for fun, and to just simply ‘live our best life.’ And if we’re going to do that, then we’ll want to look our best. After all, there’s something powerful about stepping out of your hotel room, knowing that you look fantastic. But of course, the process of how you do this will be different to how you’d go about it when you’re at home. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few essential tips that’ll have you travelling in style, and always looking your best.
Where Are You Going?
One of the best things about fashion is that there are so many different components to it. What passes as trendy in one area could be viewed as inappropriate in another country. So if you want to make a splash with your outfits when you’re abroad, have a think about the destination you’ll be visiting, and what’s appropriate for that area. You wouldn’t wear the same clothes in New York as you would in, say, Mumbai, for instance. If you’re visiting a city, then you may opt for a smart and sophisticated look. If you’ll be spending your time soaking up the ways, then a suitcase filled with relaxed beach clothes would be more appropriate.
Dress for the Weather
Sure, you want to look great, but let’s not forget the primary duty of clothes (perhaps preserving our modesty): keeping us protected from the elements. Take a close look at what the climate will have in store for you before you set off. A little bit of knowledge can prevent you from making a few style errors. For instance, there are some parts of the world that can be exceptionally hot during the day, but cold (or at least cool) at night. Remember that a big part of being stylish is having confidence. And if you’re battling against the elements, you’re going to find it pretty difficult to walk with confidence!
Another good piece of advice when it comes to packing, or buying clothes for your trip: opt for comfort over style. Yes, you’d like to wear some of the clothes that you know you look stunning in, but if they’re not as comfortable as they could be, then you should probably leave them at home. Of course, this principle is less applicable if you’re just going on a short trip. But if you’re travelling in the “trains, planes, and automobiles” mould, then it’ll be important to pack comfortable clothing, or at least have some available. You might look great in that stylish outfit, but you’ll be pretty miserable if you’re wearing it on a twelve hour bus ride.
Just as when you’re at home, you’ll look better if you’re wearing high-quality clothing. While there are some items of clothing that you can buy on the cheaper side, if your mission is to look good, then you’ll want to invest. They’ll look better instantly, but spending a little bit more to get quality clothing also has another advantage: they’ll be more durable. When you’re travelling, you’ll likely find yourself in situations that put your clothes under stress (think hitting the beach or exploring the outdoors). If you only have poorly-made clothing, then all your outfits could be ruined before you even return home.
Accessories are your friend all year round, but especially in summer when it’s warm, and especially when you’re travelling. There’s only so many clothes that you can fit in your suitcase, after all. Your accessories can help to make your outfit more interesting, straight away. Before you set off, take a look at the range of sunglasses on offer here, and get a pair that you love. Sunglasses should, primarily, be functional (they help to protect your eyes), but they’re also an excellent way to give your style a nudge in the right direction. You’ll also want to pack a hat, summer jewelry, and ankle and wrist ties. Even if your outfit isn’t as exciting as it could be, you’ll find that you can always come up with an interesting look with these in your bag.
Washing on the Go
If you’re going to spend so much time picking and packing outfits for your trip, then you’ll want to wear them more than once. While it’s nice to spend time in a hot destination, they do mean that you have to wash your clothes. Most people don’t think to do their laundry while they’re travelling, but it’s recommended that you do so, since it’ll allow you to wear your favourite items over and over.
Makeup and Other Products
The rules that have you looking your best when you’re at home also apply when you’re travelling. Your hair and makeup routines will play a big role when it comes to looking your best. The issue is that you may not have the space to pack all the products that you’d usually use. So take a look at buying travel sized versions of these products. Alternatively, you can make your own by pouring some of the product into a small container.
Smart in the Sun
If there’s one thing that’ll compromise your style, it’s a burn from the sun. Everyone wants to have a bronzed look, but it’s not always possible — or at least not possible overnight. When you first land, be sure to limit the amount of time that you spend in the sun, especially if you’re not used to it. You should always avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day, too. A sunburn won’t just impact your appearance; it can also cause some pretty bad health problems, and cause long-term skin damage.
Take the tips above, and you’ll look great, both when you’re there and in your travel snaps!