Travel Tips to Help You Spend More Time Relaxing, Less Time Stressing Over Your Wardrobe
May 7, 2012 - 11:45:41 AM
Versatile Pieces, Forgiving Fabrics and Plenty of Accessories Make Packing for SummerTravel a Breeze
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - With summer travel season just around the corner, the key to choosing and packing for a fun and relaxing getaway is to keep it simple—choosing basic, comfortable and versatile pieces that can be accessorized to create a whole new look without the added baggage and fees that coincide.
I routinely consult with clients on how to choose a wardrobe for excursions that range from a weekend at thebeach, an out-of-town wedding or an impromptu trip to Las Vegas to a two-week soirée in Dubai. No matter where your travels take you, the most important thing to consider is comfort.
The whole idea of a vacation is to relax and de-stress. The last thing you want to do is worry about how you look or feel uncomfortable. I recommend choosing individual pieces—not entire outfits—that can be interchangeable and appropriate for multiple settings or events with a few accessories, a change of shoes or maybe adding a jacket.
My Nikki 5-Way Dress is the perfect example: with a quick twist the flowing, figure-flattering piece can go from a fairly conservative knee-length tunic for day to a sexy, off-the-shoulder dress for dinner and dancing. It can even be paired with leggings and comfortable boots for a more casual look, ideal for sightseeing excursions. The 5-Way Dress is so versatile; it can even double as a stylish bathing suit cover-up for lounging by the pool.
When you start with a few basic pieces, it’s easy to achieve many different looks and no one will know it’s the same piece. Accessories are easy to pack, lightweight and take up much less space than garments in your bag.
To make packing easier and your trip more enjoyable:
· Choose fabrics with some element of stretch, such as ITY jersey, Ponte knit and cashmere, as they’re less likely to wrinkle.
· If you must travel with silk, chiffon, charmeuse or other wrinkle-prone fabrics, hang the item in a dry cleaning bag, and pack it just before you leave, placing it flat on the very top of your suitcase, and fold it back over itself if necessary. Then, immediately unpack the garment as soon as possible upon arrival.
· When packing, place shoes on the bottom, along with any other heavy items, and place the lightest items on top to keep everything from becoming smashed out of shape and wrinkled.
· To prevent the dreaded shampoo leak from ruining your entire wardrobe, place toiletries and other personal care items into travel-size bottles and seal them inside an oversize Ziploc bag. This way, if something does leak, the damage is contained within the bag. Ferrin also suggests using a suitcase that features a wet compartment, designed to keep toiletries or wet clothes separate from dry goods.
· When you arrive at the hotel, unpack. Placing your clothes in the closet and dresser drawers will not only keep your garments looking great but it will also make you feel more at home and prevent the suitcase explosion that takes place when you must root through to find what you want. It also makes packing to return home much easier.
· Bring along a garbage bag to store dirty clothes and isolate these from clean items on the return trip. This also makes laundry much easier upon returning home—everything that needs washed is together and ready for sorting.
Packing for a big trip can sometimes be a chore, and people often worry they’ll arrive miles from home and not have everything they need-- choosing simple, yet versatile pieces can ensure you’ll look fabulous and have a wonderful time without worrying about how you look or constantly fussing with your clothes.
About Abi Ferrin
Abi Ferrin is an award-winning fashion designer whose mission and purpose is to empower women to look and feel their best. Her collection ignites awareness of global issues through fashion with freedom and purpose, with each Made in the U.S.A. garment featuring a hand-crafted adornment made by men and women rescued from the sex trade andother forms of abusive employment in Nepal and Cambodia. The Freedom Project, the philanthropic arm of Ferrin’s design company, works with organizations that rescue, restore and reintegrate impoverished women and provide alternatives to abusive employment. Ferrin’s work is available through Nordstrom and at boutique shops nationwide. For more information, visit www.abiferrin.com.
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