travel tips for packing

7 Simple Products That Create Totally Different Travel Looks.

seven simple items to create several seasonal travel looks


Happy Friday, friends! Hope everyone has had a great week. I've been asked a lot lately how on earth I packed for 4+ months in one suitcase (especially with seasons changing so drastically from August to December). While I plan to do a post dedicated to long term packing, I wanted to quickly touch on a few items that are great for any traveler to pack this time of year- no matter how long you're traveling. You see- it's not about how much you pack, but how much you can recreate a look using the same items. So today I'm sharing 7 simple items to pack this season that all create unique looks.  



blanket scarf

Blanket scarves have been a LIFE SAVER. Not only can you wrap them up several different ways, but you could literally wear the same all black uniform underneath every day and have a totally different look just from the scarf you wear (I do this OFTEN). Pictured above is this from Mango, but this Nordstrom option even gives you TWO prints in one.

I ALWAYS love a good red lip. It creates such a statement that it can make an outfit look totally different with it vs. without it. Some of my favorites include "Ruby Woo" by MAC, "Cruella" by NARS and "Red Smile" by Dior




I bought a pair of classic-shaped sunnies when I was in Paris last September and I can wear them with anything. But when I found these Prada sunnies on a fluke sale in Sorrento last month, I splurged. They're more of a statement pair, but it's been so fun to alternate them into my wardrobe because they create a totally different look (a very similar look-alike pair by ASOS here)

sock bun

Sock buns are my best friend. Not only do they create a totally different look than wearing your hair down, but it's great if you haven't washed your hair. Not great at doing a sock bun on your own? Fear not. Kits like this Beachwaver wrap up or this MIA Bun Ease make it incredibly simple. 





Also great for masking unwashed hair, beanies create a unique look and are perfect for this time of year. Another perk? Unlike other hats, these guys are super easy to pack because you can squish them in any suitcase corner without consequence. Go for a neutral that can be worn with a lot like this or this





I've worn my black + white striped shirt non-stop between August and still wear it now. It can be worn on its own, layered with a scarf or under a jacket. It literally goes with just about anything else you pack, so the possibilities are endless. I got mine at J Crew, but you can find them here, here or here as well. 

striped shirt

I LOVE reversible outerwear. Coats are something you need to wear everyday this time of year (depending where you travel of course) but I get tired of wearing the same one over and over (and your suitcase really doesn't allow for you to pack too many!) Enter reversible outerwear. Coats like this or ponchos like this and this let you wear them 2 ways, giving you double the options of looks to wear. 


If you have these items in your suitcase, you can mix and match all the above to create an endless number of looks with just a few items. I hope you find them to be helpful as you pack, or even if you're staying put and just need to revamp your current closet. 


What other items have you found to be versatile during your travels? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great weekend, and stay tuned for an exciting giveaway I'll be announcing on the blog next week!