Packing for an international trip is all about the editing process. Sure, it would be the best-case scenario to bring along every coat, blouse, and pair of shoes your heart desires, but when you're trying to squeeze weeks' worth of attire in a suitcase with a 50-pound limit, some compromises must be made.
Thankfully, there are several ways to save space without compromising your Instagram-worthy travel looks. First off, neutrals are the easiest way to ensure everything you're packing can be mixed and matched together (in this case, denim is definitely a neutral!). Second, remember that however many pairs of shoes you think you need, you probably need half of that. Also, staple items like handbags and outerwear should be limited to one piece per category (two at most). Lastly, remember that accessories are the easiest way to dress up your look without taking up too much space or weight in your luggage.
Below, discover and shop 15 standout pieces to pack for your next international adventure.
A simple crewneck sweater in a versatile neutral color is the underrated M.V.P. of your international trip packing list. It pairs with everything from trousers and jeans to midi skirts and dresses. Plus, if it warms up during the day, you can knot it around your shoulders or tie it around your waist for a cute styling moment.
If you're headed abroad and want to be able to bring along your favorite jewelry pieces, this travel pouch is the ultimate game changer. Organize and store your rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings with ease.
A classic black coat ties together any outfit, which is why if you're traveling internationally and need to pack just one outerwear piece, it should be this one. Whether you're tossing it over a dress and heels for a dinner out, or layering over a shirt and jeans for neighborhood exploring, it's the piece that keeps on giving.
When you're on a trip overseas and have limited luggage space, a dress you can throw on and instantly feel amazing in is key. Consider something that's versatile—a nice print, long-sleeves, midi hemline—that way, you can dress it up or down with accessories based on the occasion.
A purse that delivers on style and utility is of the utmost importance when traveling internationally. Look for bags with multiple compartments and zippers to keep your important documents and items safely stowed away.
Once you invest in a sleek passport cover, you'll never go back to carrying it on its own. It's a small indulgence that makes the experience of international travel feel extra special.
You're going to be out and about all day long, so protect your eyes with a statement-making pair of sunglasses.
Obviously, you're going to pack socks no matter what type of trip you're taking. But when you're overseas and your clothes need to feel versatile but also stylish, bringing a cute pair of socks into the fold can make your outfit feel suddenly more put together.
A pair of classic straight-leg blue jeans can translate to almost any environment depending on how you style them—a must-pack item for any international trip no doubt.
High heels might not feel like a practical packing item for an international trip, but if you need footwear that lends more polish than sneakers or ankle boots, consider a pair of block-heel loafers or pumps. You'll be able to walk around for longer while still feeling dressed up.
Your dressy pieces don't always make the cut when you're packing for an international trip. But one item that's worth including is a romantic blouse with details like puff sleeves, ruching, or a ruffled neckline.
An international trip means more hours spent in an airplane, so why not upgrade your attire and slip into a cozy matching set for the long journey? This cream-colored pairing is subtly chic.
Complete this look with a cashmere eye mask and compression socks.
Sensible footwear is a must for international trips, and a pair of cute sneakers is a no-brainer. This white pair would look cute with everything from a printed dress to sweater and jeans combination.
If you find yourself uncomfortable while wearing jeans for extended periods of time, consider making the swap to a pair of trousers. Not only are they a bit more polished than their denim counterpart, they're also less restricting.