Looking chic in your own hometown, with all your clothes nicely laid out in a walk-in closet is easy. Even looking good in the airport is fairly simple, considering you’re at worst going to be sitting on a few planes during the day. Road trips, on the other hand, are a different story. Roaming from hotel to hotel, sitting in a car (or U-Haul in my case) for hours at a time and stopping at the occasional rest area can take a serious toll on your fashion will power. Since I just had my own style strength tested (we’re talking five days, 1,500 miles, 3 hotels) I figured I would pass along these tried and true tips, as well as lessons learned.
This one is really key for dressing well in general. But when you’re traveling, it’s especially important to be prepared for anything. It could be cold in Arkansas, but blazing hot by the time Texas rolls around. A good cardigan is a beautiful thing, considering it’s light, easy to shed, and if it needs to be stashed, it doesn’t take up a ton of room.
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2. Roll ’em
Speaking of taking up a lot of room, packing is my nemesis when it comes to traveling. I am that girl who sidles up to the airline counter praying my zippers don’t bust. My favorite tip therefore has to be rolling your clothes rather than folding. NOTE: this is not ideal for air travel with a large bag. If you’re just using a carry-on, then by all means, roll away. However, many a bag of mine has been overweight due to the insane amount of clothes I’m able to fit. On the other hand, it works great for travel by land, since you’re going to be packing that bag anyways, might as well make the most of it. The best part about rolling rather folding? Your clothes will wrinkle less!
3. Don’t Skimp on the Beauty Stuff
This one is definitely a lesson learned. I’m currently refusing to go out in public because my hair is completely dried out from hotel shampoos. (Can you even call them that?) And don’t even get me started on my skin. Dry, irritated, and stressed out to the max. Ugh. Please, please, learn from my mistakes and bring your usual beauty products with you on a trip. Hotel water is harsh enough without adding the stress of a new facial soap or a horrendous lack of conditioner to the mix. So, just to be clear: hotel crap: bad. Your stuff: good.
4. The right fabrics make all the difference.
This one is especially important for your lower half. Tight jeans with no give are going to make a two-hour trip feel like twenty. But come on, even though you’ll never see those people at that gas station again, there’s no need to bust out the sweatpants. I personally love wearing my Bershka stretch jeans. As comfortable as they are, they might as well be sweatpants, but you can keep your dignity. If even stretch jeans make you want to pull your hair out, try jeggings, leggings, or even a maxi dress. The key is, wear whatever makes you comfortable. Top things off with a pair of high heels or funky sandals. Just make sure whatever footwear you choose, they’re easy to slip on and slip off, for easy transition from car to bathroom break. Because no one wants to be strapping on tiny little buckles when your Diet Coke from 30 exits ago catches up with you.