The Best Tips for Staying Stylish while Traveling To Women

When I first started The Pin the Map Project, I would look to some of the travel blogging greats and take note of their impeccable photography, captivating posts and beautifully designed blogs to help inspire my own work. One such blogger was Katie Cook of Hope Engaged. Travel blogger, Katie Cook, seems to live la vie en rose–seeing the world through a lens of optimism, kindness, faith and beauty. Having traveled the world with her husband and infused her adventures with grace, her travel blog, Instagram and Facebook serve as a constant inspiration of what travel blogging should look like. When Katie and I decided to join forces and share guest posts with one another’s blogs; I was thrilled to have her contribute to The Pin the Map Project. Here, Katie–whose travel style is simply one to envy–shares her ultimate tips on what to pack to both be comfortable and stylish while abroad—take it away, Katie!

1. The First Step: “Know” your destination!

I don’t mean “know” your location in the sense that you have a map and a hotel booked. I mean, “know” it in terms of packing essentials. Everywhere you go is different and therefore your suitcase will always be filled with unique items to meet the standards of your adventure! Here are some things you should “know”:

…..know the weather: First of all, what season are you traveling in? What hemisphere are you traveling in? If you’re traveling to Prague in January {their winter}, you’re going to need warm coats, sweaters, leggings and boots! But if you’re going to Australia in January {their summer} you’ll need swim suits, sun dresses, and sandals! Pinpoint your season/climate! I’m a crazy person when it comes to checking the weather before I leave for a trip! I want to know exactly what I’m getting into and how to pack. The worst thing you can do is pack for ALL types of weather because you aren’t sure, because then you’ll end up with twice as many clothes as you need AND still have to lug them around!! With modern technology, we can pretty much predict the weather, so check that weather app like it’s your job.

2. Always go for comfort first.

The last thing you want to be doing when adventuring is be thinking about how you can’t wait to get back to the room to change your clothes. When you travel, you want to feel free and happy to fully engage with your surroundings! However, being comfortable doesn’t mean sacrificing your personal style! When going through your closet or purchasing items at the store, look for pieces that you could effectively walk miles in. On our recent trip to the Mediterranean, I packed quite a few skirts, dresses, and rompers. These were all super comfy, even more so than jeans!

3. Pick some basic pieces and build around them.

You’ll notice I often bring a lot of foundational items and then build around them. Pack one pair of jeans and a few cute tops to go with them. Pack a classic black dress that you can easily accessorize. Pack one jacket that you can slip on over any outfit in your bag.

4. Pack something special for a special day.

Sometimes it’s just plain fun to have a special item of clothing for that perfect outing. When my husband and I finalized our plans to the Mediterranean, I knew I wanted to find a very “Greek” looking dress to wear when the time was right. I picked this flowy white dress (pictured above) and felt like an ancient greek woman walking around Ephesus. I had numerous Chinese tourists stop me to ask if they could take a pictures of me because I evidently blended in so well into the ruins! It felt delightful as the breeze picked up through my dress and I sat staring at the famous library ruins of Ephesus, dressed in fitting attire.

 Accessorize!

It’s true that a few small/cheap accessories can help freshen things up when you travel. Pack a few statement necklaces that can easily be worn with a few different outfits, or some fun earrings that help your basic black dress pop! My new favorite accessory item is the hat! I am loving that hats that are in style now; I picked up one of my favorite hats at a yard sale and then another one for cheap at F21.

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