Every Smart and Stylish Traveler Owns These 7 Items


As someone who spent many years packing in a way that’s best described as chaos, I can tell you that it’s no way to live. I’m a pretty organized person but I didn’t always have the tools that made for easy, successful packing, and it would make the preparing-for-a-trip process long. So I set out on a mission to study the travel wardrobes of stylish people while traveling (which Instagram makes easy to do) and did a little bit of trial-and-error reflection of my own. 

Now that it’s a new year, I’ve been busy sorting out my travel plans for the next eleven months, and I’m already contemplating what I’ll be packing for my various destinations. If you’re in the same boat, this is the shopping round-up for you. Scroll to shop the best versions of all of the items I recommend you buy in advice for your 2023 (and beyond) travels. 

Items that can be mixed and matched and work for day or night are key. Think blazers, button-down shirts, bodysuits, and simple slip dresses.

The most important travel item to me is my duffle that I bring on every single trip. It’s black and nylon, so it’s basically indestructible, and I can wipe it down after every trip without worrying about harming it.

Functional accessories that won’t take up a lot of room in your bag but are also chic can be found in every smart traveler’s suitcase. A favorite of mine are Prada’s Re-Edition Nylon bags.

I never travel without jeans, but they have to be comfortable. Luckily, the options are plentiful.

If you want to save room when packing, steer clear of shoes with platforms, lug soles, and block heels.

You don’t want to devote your entire suitcase to one sweater, so opt for warm yet lightweight fabrics such as cashmere. During warmer months, cotton and silk pieces are lovely will take up minimal retail space.

Unless you’re traveling with multiple suitcases, it’s best to pick a color palette and stick to it. For example, if most of what I pack is in the black or gray color family, I only bring a couple pairs of shoes to wear with every outfit. It makes outfit planning and accessorizing far simpler.

Next up, the best travel bags and accessories from Nordstrom.

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