Travel essentials for women: the wardrobe staples we take on every trip

From an effortless button-down to the last shoe you’ll ever need, consider this your go-to checklist for your next trip.
group of wardrobe staples for women, including shoes, dresses, and bags

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As someone who’s constantly trying to perfect the art of the carry-on, I can confidently say I know a thing or two about wardrobe essentials. Finding items that are stylish, versatile, and pack down into next to nothing is my superpower. 

Not only is it nice to get everything into a carry-on, but it’s great to have all the items you need to stay comfortable and feel confident. From an effortless button-down to the last shoe you’ll ever need, consider this your go-to checklist for your next trip. 

Packable puffer jacket

puffy white jacket

Packing for cold weather is a real mind-bender. You want to look cute, but you want to be warm. And then there’s the whole issue of stuffing winter’s bulky wardrobe bounty into your suitcase. Say no more. I have you covered with this packable puffer jacket that can be worn in all seasons. The tailored waist makes it super stylish, and it condenses down into a tiny pouch when not in use. 

Buy it on now Amazon

White, versatile sneakers

white sneakers

A pair of white sneakers is a must, whether paired with a dress for a casual-meets-cute look, or with an athleisure getup. Go for a lived-in look so you don’t have to worry about scuffs and dirt cramping your style. 

Buy it now at Cariuma

Shelf-bra tank 

grey tank

The perfect athleisure staple is a shelf-bra tank. I love the sculpting effect of this one, along with the V-neck design. It’s great for layering, dressing up with a pair of jeans or a maxi skirt, or wearing it for an actual workout. 

Buy it now on Amazon

Breezy button down 

white long-sleeve button down shirt

I need this shirt in every possible color. Tie it around your waist for an effortlessly chic look, or wear it to warm up or protect yourself from the sun. It packs down to nothing, is lightweight, and has a comfortable, flowy fit.

Buy it now on Amazon

Comfortable block heel slides

tan sandal with block heel

If you want something feminine without discomfort, a low-block heel is the way to go. I swear I could exercise in these, but I won’t. The two-inch heel is just enough to dress an outfit up, but the low-profile design can be worn day or night. 

Buy it now on Amazon

Slip dress

brown slip dress

I wear slip dresses in warm and cold weather alike. They’re undeniably comfortable yet refined. Wear one over a turtleneck with stockings and boots in the winter, or on its own in the summer. Dress it down with sneakers, or up with some heels. You can’t go wrong! 

Buy it now on Amazon

Biker shorts

black biker shorts

Biker shorts are the athleisure gift that keeps on giving. I pretty much own every pair in every length from Lululemon. They’re buttery soft, allow you to move without constraints, and translate well from the gym to the streets when styled right. 

Buy it now on Amazon

Black denim jacket 

black denim jacket

What I love the most about a denim jacket is that it’s casually cool. Black denim is the right choice because it’s sleek enough to wear over a dressier outfit. Opt for a true black hue to give the illusion of a dressier look come nighttime. 

Buy it now on Amazon

Faux leather leggings

shiny camel color leggings

Commando is one of my favorite brands for creating the illusion that you’re dressed up. These faux leather leggings come in various colors and look amazing paired with sneakers, boots, or block heels. 

Buy it now on Amazon

Matching set

black matching short-sleeve top and skort

I don’t care how dressed up or down you are, if it’s matching, you look put together. Right now, my go-to is from a new brand on the market, Sierra Madre. Technically a golf set, I’ve been wearing this super stretchy, flattering top and skort on repeat. 

Buy it now at Sierra Madre Golf

One-piece swimsuit/bodysuit

orange one-piece swimsuit

If you can’t tell already, I like versatile wardrobe staples that can work in different ways. What I love about this classy swimsuit is that I can use it to jump in the pool or ocean, and then once dry, pair it with a skirt, linen pants, or even a pair of jeans so it can double as a bodysuit. 

Buy it now at L*Space 

Crossbody bag

cognac color crossbody bag

If you can only bring one bag with you on a trip, let this be it. The cognac color goes with everything, while the vegan leather material gives it a sophisticated look. I love the small interior pockets that keep all my items organized, as well as the full-length back pocket for holding items I want easy access to, like my phone, wallet, or passport. 

Buy it now at Monos

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