Usually, it is very hard for these two to go together.
Especially if you're going somewhere that isn't an all-inclusive resort, and that's off the beaten track (which let's be honest, are the most fun places).
But I am here to tell you that these two can go together!
So listen up for my advice on how to be a fashionable traveler.
If you do pack very heavily for these kinds of trips, you will be miserable. This is why, when you see the typical 'backpackers', they have one (very large) backpack, and they are always dressed (no offense to backpackers) very plain (and in my opinion) not attractive. You know what I'm talking about, they always wear plain t-shirts, those horrible cargo pants that zip off into shorts, and ugly sneakers! The girls wear this too, and don't even bother wearing any sort of makeup, or doing anything to their hair. Now obviously, I haven't seen every backpacker everywhere, but this is the majority of backpackers that I have come across.
I know that a lot of people might take offense to this, and say that I'm just vain and judging people on appearances, but let me explain myself! I have 3 reasons, why when you travel, it is better to take the extra time and effort to look nice.
So, I said all of that to say this; the second reason to look good when you're traveling, is because people are nicer to you when you look nice, and when you're traveling, you will most likely want people to be nicer to you and help you out. I have saved so much money at the airport on overweight bag fees, and changing of flights last minute, simply because the combination of a pleasant, good looking, put together person can't be beat! People always think that airline workers, and just people at the airport are mean and don't help at all, but I can't even tell you how kind and helpful people are to me at the airport, not to mention all the friends I've made at the airport! I have made so many great connections and contacts just meeting people at the airport, people are always offering to help me carry things, giving me helpful hints, and doing everything they can to make sure that I am happy. So in my opinion looking nice is a must for travelers.
So there you have my 3 reasons why you should want to look good when you travel. And now I'm telling you that it is possible to both look good, and travel light!
This should give you a good idea of the amount of clothes you can survive on. Hardcore backpackers would probably take less than this, but I'm not writing this for the normal backpacker, I'm writing this for the fashionable backpacker! I took these clothing articles with me, and I looked good, and only had one backpack and a purse to carry!
-1 pair of jeans
-1 pair of yoga pants (for sleeping)
-2 sweaters (I'm always cold)
-3 pairs of socks
-3 pairs of underwear
-2 pairs of leggings/tights
-1 pair of comfortable shoes (Vans)
-4 pairs of shorts
-3 tank tops
-1 Bandana and 1 Scarf
Super fashionable, makes any outfit cuter, and keeps the sun out of your eyes! I looove my sunglasses.
They're super light and take up barely any room! These things are a must for traveling! They're super cute and easy to use in your hair, especially good for when your hair's a little greasy! You can also tie the bandana around your bag if you check it, to help your bag stand out so no one accidentally takes your bag thinking it's theirs.
A bow, flower, bandana, or scarf in your hair instantly make you look cuter. And with so little effort! Click here and here for super easy headband tutorials I did!
Both take up very little space, yet add so much to an outfit!
Hint, just wear them the entire time and you'll never have to even pack them in a suitcase!
Even if you're going somewhere warm, you will always have at least a couple times where you wish that you had brought one. Airports, airplanes, windy days, unexpected cold days, rainy days, or even on the beach at night. Bring one plain, and one patterned, so you can wear one with any outfit you have!
Because you are going to be walking a lot, and nothing can ruin a vacation more, than blisters and sore feet.
Normally I looove wearing high-heels and super cute shoes, but that is one cute thing that I have to cut from backpacking. At least my Vans are still cute!
It dosen't have to be a lot! And it dosen't have to take up a lot of room.
My makeup bag fits very neatly into my toiletry bag, and takes up hardly any room. You don't have to take a lot, but at least take some. I took; chapstick, foundation, mascara, eyeliner (you can use it for your eyes, and eyebrows), and brown eyeshadow. That's it! And I looked great! And for my hair; bobby pins, elastics, and a comb!
More if you're going somewhere cold. But one is fine for anywhere else.
When traveling without the luxuries in life (a nice hotel, the knowledge of where you're going next, a wash machine), you have to learn to wash your clothes in sinks and showers, or else you'll be carrying around 30 pairs of socks and underwear!
-Start with your bottoms; Skirts, Shorts, and Pants.
-Pack a couple of each, making sure that you have a variety (example; pack a couple pairs of plain bottoms, and a couple pairs of patterned).
-And then pack your tops, making sure that you have a variety of those too.
-The most important part of packing light is to make sure that almost every top you pack, can be worn with almost every bottom you pack.
-My advice is to pack a couple of dresses (I only packed one this time and regretted it), because then you don't have to worry about it being patterned or plain, or trying to match it with anything. Plus they're super cute!
-And I always pack a couple pairs of tights and leggings (some plain, some patterned, and some that are patterned but can be turned inside out and become plain!), because they're super light and easy to pack, and really frickin cute under shorts, dresses, and skirts.
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