For the folks like me who live in a cold region, winter travel can be a bit of a hassle. Especially if you are traveling from a cold place to a warm or hot place. What should you pack?
I don’t know about you, I like to travel light, but at the same time still look my best. The key for me is layering and picking multi-functional pieces. Below are some examples to show you what I packed when I traveled from Michigan to Los Angeles and Florida during this last Thanksgiving and New Year.
1. What to wear to the airport.
On both trips, when I left Michigan the temperature was under 30 and we even had some snow. So my goal was to keep myself warm, comfortable for walking, but still look stylish when I was at the airport or on the plane. I didn’t want to forget when I arrived at either LA or FL, the temperatures was going to be in the upper 70s. In addition, whenever I travel by plane, the plane is always either too hot or too cold. My travel outfit is usually the most difficult one to choose, because it has to serve multiple purposes in very different climates!
Layering, Layering and Layering
For this airport look, I started from the outerwear. Since I only was going to wear it when I was in Michigan, I really don’t want a big heavy winter coat. When I get on the plane, I have to either pack it into my small carry-on or the overhead bin. The problem is, after I pack this coat, there would be no room left in my small carry-on. During the busy travel season, the overhead bins are often so full that there is no room for anything extra. A light weight, but still warm, winter vest becomes the best choice.
I love this fur vest since it is very warm and also very stylish. The trick I often use when I pack is to stick with nature colors and basic pieces. This way, most pieces easily to go with each other. So, to pair with this black and white vest, I picked all black or white pieces for the rest of the look. A pair of white sunglasses and a pair of white shoes, which can be used when I arrive in the summer weather. Then, the dark colored cashmere sweater, the tank top underneath the sweater to add the extra layer, and a pair of dark colored jeans, legging or comfy pants. When I arrived, I simply put away my vest and cashmere sweater, and wore my black tank top with my black blazer.
The last step is to add a bag that can go with this look, but also can be used for more outfits later when I arrive. Again, I stick with the black and white color theme to pick the bag. I will show you more examples right after this. I also used my hot pink suitcases to add happy colors and the fun twist that I always love. 😉 By the way, because those suitcases are so easy to spot, they seriously save me time at the baggage claim.
2. Pick one bag that goes with most outfits
This black and white LOVE bag is super versatile and I used it with almost with every single outfit when I was in LA.
3. Pack one pair of jeans you can wear for more than two outfits
I wore the same pair of jeans you saw above for 3 different looks below.
4. Pack light colored booties, instead of dark colored boots
The lighter color will more easily go with your warm weather outfits. I packed my favorite white booties for this purpose.
5. Pack a dress that can be used multiple ways.
I know it sounds a little bit confusing, but look at this black dress I used a couple of different ways.
I wore this before to the Steve Madden event too.
6. Pack one beach maxi dress
If you are going anywhere that has a beach, there is nothing prettier than a maxi dress for that purpose.
I wore this same dress for our cold weather here in Michigan. If you are a true lover of the boho style, you could even wear the looks below when you are traveling.
7. Pack one light weight, light colored sweater for the morning and evenings.
Even in LA or FL, early mornings or late evenings during the winter season can still be a little bit chilly, especially if you are going to the beach during those times. A light weight sweater or jacket will be very handy to keep you warm and still look stylish.
8. Pack statement accessories to spice up your neutral colored outfits.
I hope all of the examples can help you with your next trip to somewhere warm this winter. 🙂
Photo credit: Grace Liang
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