Travel isn’t a simple thing. There are so many things you have to remember, and you have to fit all of it into a 27”x21”x14” suitcase and have the whole thing weigh less than 50 lbs. If you’re anything like me, cutting back on clothes is one of the hardest parts of packing.
This isn’t a huge problem for a weekend trip. But if you’re traveling for more than a week, seeing the sites in Bucharest, that’s where things get complicated. Even if you have a place to do laundry, you don’t want to have to wear the same outfits too many times.
It’s always possible to pick up a few extras while on vacation. But there’s difference between picking up a t-shirt or sun-dress and buying a whole new wardrobe. The best course of action is to bring pieces that can be mixed and matched to create fresh looks every day.
It seems counter-intuitive, but we’re starting this list with bottoms because they’re the simplest.
Jeans – Blue jeans are great for multiple reasons: they don’t have to be washed after every wear, it’s
actually better for them if you don’t, so you won’t need as many pairs, and they go with any color, so they can be worn with a wide array of tops.
Slacks – If you can’t get away with only wearing jeans on your trip, I recommend neutral colored slacks. I’m talking, black, tan, or white (if you’re inclined). Sorry, no hot pink or floral pattern pants. By keeping your bottoms neutral colored you can match them with a wider variety of tops.
Skirts – Same recommendation as with slacks: neutral colors. As boring as that seems, it really is harder to mix colors.
For those that were dismayed by my boring bottom recommendations, this is where you get to have fun and show your personality.
T-Shirts – Any color or pattern goes. I recommend avoiding anything with offensive sayings or slogans
that only make sense if you’re from a certain place, though. Hometown and university pride is a great thing, but most people probably won’t get it, especially if you’re overseas.
Tank Tops – They don’t take up much space and it’s easy to layer with them. Bonus: They come in fun colors too.
Dress Shirts – If you need slacks you’ll need nicer tops to match. You can go with the standard button down or polo, or, for women, you can have a little fun with this. Peasant tops and cute blouses abound, and they can be paired with your jeans or skirts as well!
Shells – These exist only for women, they’re translucent or transparent tops that you wear over tank tops. They’re usually for dressier occasions. They’re thin and light, so they take up very little space. Also, they can be paired with jeans.
Sweaters – It’s not a bad idea to have one, just in case the weather isn’t as good as promised or your hotel room is cold. Don’t think you have to pack your sweater either, planes are cold places.
No matter where you find yourself at least one outwear piece is recommended.
Jackets – Like the sweater, it’s a good idea to have at least a light jacket or rain coat. Also, consider wearing this on the plane.
Cardigan – Women, this is for you. It can replace the sweater and act as a jacket. Layer it over a tank top for visits to religious houses or sites with a dress code.
Everyone has the extras they pack; here are my recommendations to get the most mileage out of those items.
Sundress – Sundresses are light and cute. You can wear one paired with a cardigan and they can be
dressed up or down depending on the situation.
Maxi Dress – Similar to the sundress, they can be dressed up or down as the situation needed. I have also found that maxi dresses are very comfortable to fly in.
Leggings – These are a good thing to have for when the temperature drops in the evenings and can be worn with your sundress or maxi dress.