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How to Pack for a Long Weekend

How to Pack for a Long Weekend
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Dear Budget Fashionista,

Could you post a topic on the newsletter about suggestions for a long weekend travel wardrobe?  I seem to run into the same problem every time I prepare for vacation—how to pack to look chic, but also be comfortable. I tend to do a lot of walking while on vacation. I want to look chic, which is difficult to do when you are hobbling around because your feet are killing you. Please help—I’m heading to Paris in a few weeks and would like to pack an affordable, fashionable, and comfortable travel wardrobe for once.

Fashion Traveler

How to Pack for Long Weekend

Dear Fashion Traveler,

I’m a frequent traveler as well (especially this summer). Here’s a list of basic things I bring when going on a long weekend trip.

  • A pashmina or pashmina like wrap that can fold easily into a tote bag or purse. These wraps are perfect for cold airplanes and cool nights
  • A pair of flats.  Isaac Mizrahi at Target, Aerosoles, all make comfortable, stylish shoes without breaking the bank.
  • A pair of comfy heels from Aerosoles– these are the best walking/heel shoes around and they’re cute. Buy them in black so you’ll be able to wear it again and again
  • Rayon blend black pants that don’t wrinkle.
  • 2-3 chic t-shirts, in a variety of colors, with a bit spandex Lycra content. These t-shirts are easy to pack and don’t wrinkle.
  • A stylish large bag, tote, satchel or hobo that can double as an extra bag for any souvenirs or purchases
  • Pair of jeans with a hint of spandex. For some reason, I seem to increase a size whenever I travel, especially cross country
  • A Jersey Knit dress that doesn’t wrinkle. Wear with flats during the day—with the pashmina and heels at night
  • Umbrella—so VERY important
  • A pair of plastic thongs you can get from Old Navy for 2 for $5. Even if you’re not going to beach, you never know when you might need these

For longer trips (1 week or more), build on the list above. Instead of just one pair of jeans, bring two. Always make sure you have a 2 shirts to every pair of pants ratio. You might always want to throw in a more casual dress as well. The reason why I focus on dresses when traveling is that they’re instant outfits—just add jewelry and shoes and you’re ready to go—and you can dress them up or down.

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Raynata Reed

Thursday 31st of August 2006

Cute tunics are also great to have when you travel.  I went to Little Rock, AR, recently for my best friend’s sister’s wedding, and brought two light weight, breezy tunics that were very inexpensive but looked more luxe, that I could dress up or down if I wanted.  I didn’t have to iron them, and they didn’t wrinkle on me or in my very (very) messy suitcase. They’re great for work too. I think when it comes to Tunics, it all depends on the material, (which unfortunately, I don’t have the tags in front of me to share with you what they are and I’m not exactly material savvy outside of cotton), b/c of course linen or something that wrinkles easily would be out of the question.  On the flip side, some tunics look just fine wrinkled, giving a nice relaxed look, if that’s what you’re going for.

Seattle Simplicity

Thursday 31st of August 2006

That’s a great idea to pack a pair of flip flops ‘just in case.’ However, I wouldn’t buy them at Old Navy. The last time I bought thongs there they turned the bottom of my feet completely black. So I purchased another very inexpensive pair (less than $10) at my local Fred Meyer store (similar to Kmart).

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