Packing well is a learned skill that will make your life easier, keep your closet cleaner, and keep your suitcase neat no matter where you are traveling. When packing, it’s important to follow the rule of threes: Only pack items that will serve at least three purposes. A T-shirt is a great example since you can wear it to bed, to the gym, and to the bar. You want to maximize space and only pack items that are completely necessary.
Now that we’ve discussed logistics, it’s time to cover the essentials. You'll want to make sure you have all the basics, including bottoms, tops, jackets, and accessories. Below, 19 versatile, high-quality pieces that will make packing for your next trip a breeze.
Hanky Panky has been making comfortable and reliable undergarments for decades. The brand's original rise thongs work well under any piece of clothing and roll into a small lace ball for easy travel.
A classic high-rise pair of jeans can take a look from day to night seamlessly. A staple in every getaway bag, a good pair of jeans pairs well with a tee or bodysuit for sightseeing and can be dressed up with a blazer and gold jewelry for a night out.
A simple tank top is a must for travel and it takes up virtually no space when packing. This versatile tank, offered in three classic colors, molds to your body and is comfortable enough for bed or a cliffside hike.
Pro Tip: I wear a high-neck tank with dark denim for a casual but elegant dinner look.
We love a blazer moment, and a high-quality, high-performance blazer is worth the investment. Worn alone or as a jacket, a classic black blazer can be styled in countless ways.
Pro Tip: Size up for a relaxed look. It'll be perfect for wearing with leggings for a daytime look or over a dress for dinner out.
Travel in style and comfort with a knit tank dress. Warm like sweatpants and sleek like a bodycon number, this is the perfect one-stop shop for comfortable transit. Pair with sneakers for a long plane ride and swap for heels for dinner at the resort.
Okay, so we’ve found the most luxurious and versatile duster for any travel destination. Button all the way down for a cozy sweater dress or layer over virtually anything on chilly nights out. A duster is the only sweater you’ll need on your next vacay.
Thanks to street style influencers everywhere, athleisure is no longer a trend just for the gym. Athleisure can be worn day to night, beach to bed, and club to plane. For no-hassle styling, pair with a crop top and layer with a matching cardigan.
Slipper or shoe? You decide. Wear in your hotel room for cozy comfort or out to dinner as a sleek, elevated mule.
A timeless addition for your next trip, this silk blouse is perfect to style under a blazer. Looking for comfort? Pair with a knit pant and cardigan for a chic street style moment.
A suitcase should always include at least two pairs of leggings, and we found the best high-waisted leggings on the market. This pick form Bandier is comfortable, sleek, and available in so many fun colors. A high-waisted legging can take you from a beachside lunch to a night on the town with a few adjustments on styling.
Pro Tip: Layer an oversized blazer over leggings and add heels for a sleek all-black look.
You'll want to keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum for liability and practicality purposes while traveling. A gold chain elevates anything from sweats to a jumpsuit.
Classic gold hoops will be your go-to earrings on every trip.
Handbags have a way of taking up the most space while packing, but one oversized clutch will have you covered for the duration of your trip. The classic Bottega Veneta pouch is spacious enough to store all your necessities if you want to use it as a carry on as well.
It doesn’t matter the season, a turtleneck is a staple in your wardrobe for every occasion. Pack at least two for color variety and you’re pretty much set for any and every look.
Jackets can be bulky, and there’s no need to take up extra space in a suitcase with more than one. This reversible jacket by Moncler gives teddy coat vibes on one side, sleek black puffer vibes on the other.
Pro Tip: Always try to pack a reversible option so you expand your styling opportunities without expanding your suitcase.
Soft on the inside and heavyweight on the outside, always pack a comfortable pair of sweats for those moments when dressing up isn't on the agenda.
Like a second skin, a good bodysuit is perfect for sweats or denim. Everlane offers comfort and style with this V-neck bodysuit.
A sock sneaker is not only comfortable, it's also on-trend and easy to style.
Now that we’ve accomplished what we're packing, it’s time to pack precisely and neatly. Away's packing cubes are waterproof and can compress even the bulkiest items for seamless packing. Purchase in a set of four or six.