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Best travel tips for staying sane and stylish - My Style Vita @mystylevita

In April, I celebrated my one year anniversary of ditching the day job to take this blog full time. One of the things I’ve been able to do now a lot more than before is travel. Well, I traveled a lot with my old job, but it was work related and not as fun as blog traveling (I mean come on, exhibit AB and C for starters). Traveling for work is great though as I had a system down pat. I knew exactly what I needed to wear and bring for all my trips. But traveling to explore a city is completely different. Over the last year I’ve finally mastered packing well, traveling smart and have a handy dandy check list I rely on heavily to make sure I cover everything. Today I thought I’d share some of my best travel tips and best packing tips. From surviving the airport, to how to look somewhat put together when walking for miles exploring. Let’s get started!



I have a packing list that I’ve mastered over time that lives on my TO DO list on my phone. I’ve found myself adding, deleting over time to refine it to be just right. It hasn’t failed me since and here’s what it consists of:

  • Tops (both dressy and casual)
  • Bottoms
  • Workout outfit (even if you don’t work out when you travel, bring it!)
  • Sneakers
  • Comfy flats
  • Heels
  • Lingerie/socks
  • Pajamas
  • Light jacket (always a hoodie no matter what)
  • Laptop & charger
  • Charger
  • Backup iPhone charger
  • Cash
  • Headphones
  • Book
  • Weather related items – umbrella, boots, gloves
  • Passport and spare card in a separate bag
  • Toiletries (I keep a toiletry bag packed at all times and just grab and go with it)
  • Snacks

Okay before you think, duh, anyone knows to bring that shit. Here’s the thing. This is just your outline. I like to pack my outfits and stick to a color theme. I choose either brown or black for the trip. This way I’m keeping shoes, accessories and so on to a minimum as they’ll get more use if I stick to a theme.  For my outfits, I also like to try them on prior to packing to make sure things go together and I feel comfortable. This is also a great time to figure out how to make that boring outfit a little cuter. I tend to grab jeans and a tee, but for my last trip to DC, I swapped my jeans for a denim skirt that made my look instantly more stylish without sacrificing comfort. When you try things