You always want to look your best no matter where you’re going. As the saying goes – when you look good, you feel good. That’s why it’s essential to look stylish when traveling since traveling can sometimes affect your mood with issues like layovers, jetlag, and convenience fast food that can leave you feeling sluggish. With that in mind, especially if you travel as a minimalist, you may wonder what needs to be tucked into your carry-on. Keep reading for the best spring accessories for the minimalist traveler, no matter where you’re headed.
A Light Scarf
With springtime upon us and summer travel plans likely in the works for you, you’ll still want to be prepared for chilly nights and cold airplanes. One of the essential accessories for the minimalist traveler is a light scarf. To avoid taking up space, it’s best to wear the scarf on the plane with you, not to mention it can keep you cozy if your flight is long. Scarves are versatile wardrobe pieces as they can also double as head coverings, belts, and even a bandeau top in a pinch. So add them to the top of your packing list! Lastly, they fold up very small when you don’t feel like wearing them and can easily fit into a handbag or fanny pack while exploring.
Depending on the point in life with your collection and your signature style, you may or may not have signature jewelry pieces you wear every day. Especially if they’re made of precious metals or stones (non-costume), you likely never take them off. Whether it’s your evil eye jewelry to protect you on your travels, your grandmother’s diamond earrings for good luck, or your wedding bands – you want your signature jewelry on your journeys. Many people believe our jewelry can hold special memories of their places with us, so load your gold with core memories of strolling through exotic locations and eating adventurous foods for the first time.
Stylish But Supportive Shoes
Most chiropractors will agree that the best shoe you can wear if you have back or nerve issues are supportive but firm footbed. Think Birkenstocks or Brooks tennis shoes. You want to look fashion-forward, but you also want to protect your feet. Thankfully, both of the aforementioned brands (and many others) have timeless appearances and keep your feet and spine feeling great. While most people do a lot of sightseeing on foot while visiting new places, you want a shoe that will keep you feeling supported but still looks great in your selfies. It’s best if you can visit an actual shoe store, have your foot measured and find something that works for your aesthetic and your needs. Yes, real shoe sales people still exist, and they are an asset to you – find one and find your perfect fit!
The Perfect Carry-All
You want a bag that looks great but can also fit all your day’s needs. A stylish shoulder bag should do the trick if you’re traveling solo. If you’re traveling with your family and have little ones in tow, you’ll need to find a backpack that still looks good but can hold all your family’s needs while remaining comfortable. While you don’t want to sacrifice fashion, you also don’t want to sacrifice your shoulders and back because you went too cheap on a backpack to carry everyone’s items. Especially if you often travel, investing in a high-quality bag that suits your style and is comfortable will pay off in spades. And remember, with all the small items you’ll be carrying around, you want something that has multiple compartments.
A Sun Hat Or Visor
Spending time outdoors and under the sunshine is a given when you’re traveling – even if the destination is cool, you’re likely to be outdoors. That’s why it’s so important to protect your delicate facial skin from the sun’s harsh rays. All dermatologists will tell you that you need SPF, but take it a step further and literally shade your face. Visors are in trend again, so opt for a visor that suits your style if you don’t want an oversized sun hat.
Traveling is one of the greatest joys and privileges of life. You get a chance to make a ton of lifelong memories, whether you’re on your own, with friends, or with family. Some of those memories will be documented with plenty of photographs, so make sure you’re looking your best by adding the aforementioned accessories to your packing list. Happy Trails!