My top 5 travel clothing pieces (the ones you should always be packing!)

My top 5 travel clothing pieces (the ones you should always be packing!)

After a brief break away from the blog — my first in 10-plus years! — I'm BACK! 

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I've been travelling quite a bit for work this year. In addition to upping my frequent flyer miles status, it has also allowed me to streamline my approach to packing for travel. 

At this point, I can go up to two weeks in a carry-on bag. (Ahem, yes, that makes me proud.) ;) 

Through the trial-and-error of packing for previous trips, I've narrowed it down to five essential items that I bring on every. single. trip. 

Check out my list of top 5 travel garments that you'll always find in my case, along with a few shop-able favourites, too. 

levi's dad jeans

1. Black jeans

You'll note a theme pretty quickly in this list of necessary garments. They're pretty much all pieces that can go from day to night, with the exception of the sneakers. In my experience, a good pair of black jeans work overtime in a trip wardrobe. Whether worn with a t-shirt or a silk blouse, a stylish, straight-fit pair can be the foundation for a number of outfits on a trip. 

The Levi's Dad jeans are a go-to for me.  

leather jacket

2. A versatile topper 

When I travel, whether for work or for personal, I always have either a blazer, leather jacket or jean jacket along for the ride. I typically wear the heaviest topper on the plane to ease the suitcase squeeze. 

If it's a work trip, my MVP topper is always a blazer (my go-to is the Babaton Agency blazer from Aritzia) because it can work over a blouse, tank or tee for daytime meetings and then slipped on over a sleek slip dress for evening events. 

For my recent trip to Europe, I packed a blazer in a tiny packing cube (I find this helps limit wrinkling when folded just so) and then wore my oversized leather jacket on the plane for more laid-back moments on the trip. 

reebok sneakers

3. Comfortable sneakers 

We all know that a comfortable shoe is a must-have when travelling. That's why, regardless of whether I'm travelling in winter or summer, I always bring a comfy sneaker. 

I recently received these Reebok C85 Vintage Women's Shoes and was super impressed with how kind they were to my feet, even brand new out-of-the-box and during 25,000-plus step days. 

A sleek white sneaker is an easy match for casual looks, while also adding an element of effortlessness to something a little dressier such as a skirt or flowy dress. 

chanel classic flap medium
louis vuitton bb alma

4. A wear-everywhere bag

To know me is to know that I love handbags, which means I'm lucky to have a few to choose from when I travel. 

My must-haves for a travel handbag is one that can fit all the day's essentials (cardholder, lipstick, phone and, ideally, a small camera). It also must be crossbody or convertible to be worn hands-free. 

I don't typically take more than one handbag with me on my travels, so I also prefer to pack one that can work with daytime and nighttime looks. The medium Chanel classic flap and Louis Vuitton BB Alma are two favourites for me. 

H&M t-shirt

5. A perfect tee 

Last, but definitely not least, a white t-shirt is an essential element of packing. Perfect for pairing with most pieces — from jeans to skirts to shorts — they're also easy to quickly launder in a hotel room sink should you run low on essentials during your trip.