Although I have improved on my packing skills over the years (I can now do three weeks in the Caribbean with just a carry-on), the thought of packing for six months of travel over three different seasons was daunting.
But now that we are coming up on the end of this journey and I look into my suitcase… I think I nailed it! I’ve had a few people ask me what I bought and what I brought.
I have worn every single article of clothing I packed, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of trying to make them look “new” or “fresh”, after being crammed in my suitcase for six months and being worn on repeat.
On this trip, I have learned that the key to packing long-term is neutral pieces that can be reworked using accessories and your imagination. For me, there is no better place to find your travelling basics than H&M.
Here are my three great H&M buys for travelling:
This blouse has been one of my best friends of the trip. By far one of the most versatile pieces in my suitcase, it has transitioned smoothly from winter in Canada to cool summer nights in Paris. For the colder months, I usually paired it with my skinny jeans, ankle boots and a delicate necklace, whereas lately I have been wearing it with my high-waisted skirt and tying it in front.
The blouse is 100% polyester which has resulted in the blouse maintaining its colour, and wrinkle-free despite often being found in the deep recesses of my suitcase.
Check out a similar blouse here. It’s a must have.
What’s summer without a maxi dress – especially one in your favourite colour?! I absolutely love my simple, sleeveless, royal blue maxi dress and if you follow me on Instagram, you would already know that it makes regular appearances. It has been the perfect travel companion because I can dress it down wearing nothing more than flip-flops, or dress it up by putting on a statement necklace and embellished sandals. The colour also has allowed for some great pictures against the Sahara desert and white walls of Santorini.
Wherever you are travelling this summer, a maxi dress is a must!
Talk about the perfect LBD (little black dress) for travelling! For the past few weeks this dress has been on repeat. It’s made from a cotton, polyester and elastane mix; meaning it has a little stretch (perfect after a month of indulging in Italy) and it is relatively wrinkle-free. The scooped neck and bell-shape would be flattering on any figure, and it can transition from a beach cover-up, to a night out with the addition of a just a few accessories.
Also, it’s cheap! At $14.99 I have definitely got my money’s worth out of this LBD.
This post was not sponsored by H&M. All opinions are my own.
What are your essential travel pieces?