This week’s guest blogger, Rodan Luo, is a lawyer by day and stylish blogger by night. We can’t get enough of her blog, full of eloquent musings and excellent advice. Since she’s also one of our jetsetter role models (the frequent traveler was most recently in Sayulita, Mexico), she’ll be blogging all week about ways to make travel even more awesome.
Packing before a big trip can be a stressful process, especially if you are like me and want to be prepared for all weather and event scenarios. Through my experiences traveling, I’ve created a set of three simple rules when packing for longer get-aways.
Rule #1. Bring reading materials. One thing I’ve discovered is that you never know when you are going to be stuck somewhere with no phone reception and no internet access. Recently on a trip to Asia, I had to get from Gili, a remote island off of Bali, Indonesia to Hong Kong. That day, I traveled by donkey, boat, plane, and train, and I was more than thankful that I had a good ‘ol book in hand to keep me company during my 14 hour commute. I suggest picking up Social Animal by David Brooks or Imagine by Jonah Lehrer for some reading to take your mind off how queasy or bored you might be.
Rule #2. When you’re done packing, take out two outfits—you won’t need them. We all over pack. We also all worry about wearing the right things and looking great as we jaunt about from lunch to dinner, from city to jungle. However, nothing is more annoying than lugging around a bag filled with items you never even wear or use. My key is to bring a few long simple dresses that can easily transition from day to night. Right now, I’m loving long skirts (like this one from Club Monaco) that are great for day time exploring, but can easily transition to nice dinners when paired with heels and a blouse.
Rule #3. Comfortable shoes. In fact, I always make sure to bring a pair of shoes that I know I can walk around in for at least three hours. I can’t stress this enough, especially if you plan on doing a lot of sight seeing or shopping around local markets. It’s a no brainer that you don’t do touristy things in heels (no matter how great the wedges or espadrilles make your legs look), but even be careful of flats that pinch your toes or cause blisters when worn for too long. My favorite pair of shoes to travel with are sandals by Sam Edelman. Beautiful, classy, and comfortable.
Want more brilliant advice from Rodan? Click here to read the rest of her great posts.