Travel Light | 7 Summer Travel Tips
At Nickel & Suede, we inspire women to become the type of person who can do anything, like leaving town at the drop of a hat. Some of the best summer vacations are sporadic and unplanned—requiring a bit of courage to leave and a bit of efficiency to pack.
For women on the move, we’ve compiled our favorite minimalist travel tips for packing light to give you more freedom this summer to travel lighter, faster, and more stress-free.
Consider Your Bags
First things first: Pick the right kind of travel bag. Nothing weighs down a vacation more (literally) than a 50lb suitcase that you have to check in to baggage claim. Consider switching to a carry-on suitcase or a soft-sided weekender bag that can easily accommodate all the necessities while still sliding easily in the overhead cabin.
We recommend finding a bag that fits a dual purpose. On most flights, you’re allowed both a carry-on and a personal item; use a bag that can also be a beach tote or a backpack that can be handy on a hike. And instead of a plastic baggie for your liquids, use our Clarity Clutch or our Clarity Crossbody Bag. This sleek clutch is the perfect way to travel smarter and lighter, plus it can easily be thrown into your purse or carried on its own.
Pack the necessities—and then stop.
Sure, it would be nice to have those heels “just in case” you go to a fancy restaurant. But a pair of nice black flats or sandals would work just as well and can be worn in more ways than one. And be honest with yourself on your travel plans. It’s unlikely that you’ll go to the gym five times during a three-day vacation, so limit your leggings and sports bras, Rocky Balboa.
Some expert travelers suggest packing everything you want—then unpacking half. This helps you reevaluate your options and narrow it down to things you’ll actually wear, rather than ten t-shirts that might possibly work perfectly for a very specific situation.
Use the rule of twos.
Two pairs of shoes, two pairs of pants, two shirts, two dresses, and two accessories. Sounds easy enough, right? Obviously, this strategy won’t work for every vacation, but it’s a great place to start. Pants and shoes are especially important to pare down; with two solid favorites, you should be able to make a wide variety of outfits that look and feel different but are based in tried-and-true fallbacks. Looking for a staple pair of earrings? You can’t go wrong with our best-selling Lip Gloss Leather Earrings.
At the same time, don’t feel super limited by these rules. If you really want to bring a third accessory, like a cute straw hat for the beach - make the space. This rule is more for limiting the things you won’t wear, not the things you will. You can always wear things on the plane that won’t fit in your luggage.
Bring versatile accessories.
A good pair of lightweight earrings or a nice necklace can take a beach outfit and turn it into a date night stunner in the blink of an eye. Nickel & Suede leather earrings are nearly weightless and made from high-quality materials that are perfect for traveling. Our statement earrings don’t add weight to your bag or weigh you down throughout the day—plus they can be worn in a variety of ways.
To easily pack accessories, we recommend separating each into their own plastic bags or containers to keep them from getting tangled or bent.
Pack your LBD.
This is the golden rule of traveling: Always, always, always pack a little black dress. A little black dress can be worn in dozens of ways, with nice sandals and bright accessories or casual canvas sneakers and a denim jacket—easily transforming into a new outfit without a lot of thought or effort on your part.
Having a great staple piece like an LBD allows you to focus more on the accessories and creativity than bringing multiple clothing items to make a singular outfit. For a fun and flirty outfit, wear your LBD with our stylish Spotted Leopard Disc Statement Earrings, Gold Leaf Wide Leather Cuff, and Navajo Artisan Turquoise Cocktail Ring.
Roll your clothes.
No list of travel tips would be complete without at least mentioning this fact. Rolling your clothes instead of folding them will free up some seriously valuable real estate in your luggage, plus help keep things from wrinkling while on the go. This method also makes it easier to see everything you have without having to completely unpack every single day.
Seriously, just roll your clothes already. Make Marie Kondo proud.
Now put on your OOO—and relax.
Traveling with some of our items? Tag us on social media and let us see how creative you can get styling your outfits!