My top 5 clothes for travelling

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Last month, we returned from a three week trip to Europe, which included stops in England, France and Germany.   We knew ahead of time that the weather was going to be mixed; cooler temperatures and rain in England, but sun and heat in Germany and France. So, as you can imagine packing was complicated as I wanted to make sure I had the right clothes for the right weather and the right cities.  Oh, and I didn’t want to look like a tourist.

Throughout our trip, I realized I was wearing 5 items very regularly.  I was surprised that these items were working for all the cities, countries and weather we were experiencing.

What are they you ask?  Check out my list below – I’ve linked the exact or similar items for reference.

#1 – This denim shirt was great for layering over tanks, t-shirts and dresses.  It wasn’t cold where we were, but often there was a breeze or chill in the air and this denim shirt kept me comfortable.  A linen shirt would have also worked, but this is what I bought as I thought it would transition well into Fall.

Denim Shirt


#2 – I had never taken a scarf when I had travelled in the past, but Pinterest and friends of mine assured me I needed to have one.  So, I packed one along and I am so glad I did!  It added a little interest to my basic wardrobe and was used as a pillow by one of my kids on the flight.  My scarf was in shades of grey and blue and it went with 90% of my wardrobe.  After this trip, I will always pack a scarf on my future travels.

Plaid Scarf


#3 – I wanted a comfortable yet stylish running shoe (sneaker) to wear for our long days of sightseeing, but I didn’t want to wear an obvious sporty shoe.  Converse were an option, but I found the Superga shoe fit better and had slightly more support for my feet.  At the end of the day, my feet felt great in these shoes.  I bought white, but grey was my second choice (surprise, surprise).  This is an Italian brand of shoe and I saw many women wearing these all over Europe.

Superga shoe


#4 – I wanted to have some pants that would be comfortable for travelling, walking and just hanging out and I knew these joggers would be perfect.  I have them in this greige colour and black.  They are 100% cotton, so they breathe and don’t feel too hot when the temperatures heat up. They were easy to style and wear with a tank or t-shirt and made me look less like an obvious tourist.

Jogger Style Pants


#5 – Lastly, a white t-shirt.  I don’t go anywhere without one or even two of these.  This shirt has a more relaxed style and looked great with both my pants and skirts. This is basically my “don’t leave  home without one” shirt.

Basic White T-shirt


What do you think of these choices?   Is there something from your closet that you always pack?  Let me know in the comments below and happy travels!

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16 thoughts on “My top 5 clothes for travelling

    • Colleen August 17, 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks! Packing isn’t easy, but it’s great when you finally get it right!

    • Colleen August 19, 2016 / 1:34 pm

      Yes! Leggings are great for travel them, but I find I don’t wear them often enough as I need to find more tunics to wear with them. Thx for the visit!

    • Colleen August 19, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks – I was surprised how comfortable the Superga sneakers were.

  1. curlycraftymom August 18, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I just got back from Italy and I honestly don’t think Converse are the most comfortable shoes (but, maybe it is just me). The shoe you are sharing here looks a lot more comfortable. I wish I had brought a scarf, because it would have been easier to carry with me to throw on when we went into churches where we needed our shoulders and knees covered. I also brought a chambray top and I used it every day!!! Great post! I’ve been to Paris, but never to England or Germany.


    • Colleen August 19, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Packing for the beach is so much easier, isn’t it? I enjoyed your post on your trip and look forward to reading about the rest of it.

  2. Nicole August 18, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

    • Colleen August 19, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      I never thought of these items as part of a capsule. Hmm…you are giving me something to think about for next time. Thanks!!

  3. shelbeeontheedge1 August 20, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Absolutely perfect basics for travel. I always have a scarf and a denim shirt or a cardigan in tow with me.

    Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again next week. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. the cape on the corner August 23, 2016 / 11:28 am

    great basics! we were also in germany (and austria, and slovenia) this trip and i always pack a scarf! i need to find a basic pair of sneakers that can be cute with dresses and those look perfect!

    • Colleen August 26, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Hope you had a great trip. I found the Superga runners (sneakers) went well with my dresses. I’ve also seen some ladies wearing Converse and Keds with skirts/dresses, too. Glad it seems to be a trend now. Have a great weekend!

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