If you’re getting ready to head out on a much-anticipated international vacation, you’re likely well aware of the weight restrictions for your luggage. This means that although you’d like to pack tons of outfits, you really need to pare down what you plan to bring. Plus, you don’t want to pack so much stuff that will prevent you from bringing back some cool souvenirs.
No worries, intrepid international traveler. By choosing versatile athletic wear that you can mix and match throughout your trip, you can definitely stay within the weight limit for your suitcase but not feel like you’re wearing the same thing over and over while overseas. For instance, consider the following tips:
First, Stick with a Few Key Colors
In order to pack as efficiently as possible, start by choosing athletic wear in a few key colors. For instance, you can’t go wrong with outfits in blue and white, as they are quite interchangeable; gray is also a neutral color that you can mix and match with plenty of other colors. As far as other options, go with what works well with your hair and skin tones. Perhaps that’s olive green and red, or black and brown. As for patterns, it’s best to leave them at home for the duration of your trip.
Next, Go with Clothing You Can Layer
Now that you have a color plan in mind, it’s time to start choosing the athletic gear that you can easily layer. For instance, choose casual T-shirts made from cotton that can be topped with a light, long-sleeved shirt or a cotton sweater and then a softshell jacket. As a bonus, these types of jackets are perfect all-weather pieces that will help keep you warm on chilly days when combined with other layers.
While it can be difficult to layer pants, you can certainly opt for comfortable-yet-stylish lightweight sports pants in a dark color that will match your shirt and jacket. Depending on where you’re headed on your vacation, cotton yoga pants in a neutral color will look just fine.
This layering approach is also conducive for plane rides, which can be notoriously chilly. Instead of trying to cram most of your clothes into your suitcase, you can wear several layers on the plane and then, if you get too hot, peel off the softshell jacket and put it in the overhead compartment.
Finally, Think About Shoes
You will likely be doing a great deal of walking on your international trip. So, instead of mincing along in high heels or wearing dress shoes that will make your feet uncomfortable, pack athletic shoes that are supportive and comfortable. Try to stay away from garish colors and patterns common to many running shoes and instead choose dark and/or neutral tones that will pair with all your clothes. Walking shoes and lightweight hiking boots are great choices. Additionally, since flip flops don’t take up much room in your suitcase, if you’re staying in a place with a pool or near the beach, you can certainly toss in a pair of this easy-to-pack footwear.
Have a Great Time and Enjoy Souvenir Shopping!
Packing for an international trip doesn’t have to involve paying extra for tons of luggage. Thanks to athletic wear that looks terrific outside the gym, along with some careful color choices, you can bring along some basic pieces that you can mix and match and layer as needed. This will prevent you from having suitcases that are too heavy and, more importantly, will allow you to bring home some nice mementos from your adventure.