Jasmine Garcia is a sophomore studying public relations at Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She is currently in Spain for winter quarter. Follow her on Twitter: @JasmineRGarcia
When traveling the world, you are confronted with many issues such as what to pack. When staring at your suitcase, have no fear. I know all of us fashion lover’s dread one thing when going to the airport: the weight limit for suitcases. I can say for myself that I had to repack my suitcase three times just to get it a pound and a half under the weight limit. Here are some tips to make your packing stress free but still look fabulous while abroad.
Scarves: Scarves are one thing that can jazz up any outfit plus keep you warm during those unexpected cold days and nights. Many scarves are lightweight and pack easily while taking up little space. Also many stores in other countries sell scarves abroad, so if you get tired of the ones you pack, you can always shop for new ones.
Comfortable shoes: I can attest for myself that a stylish shoe will always beat out a comfortable one. But for those long days of touring cities and walking to class, a comfortable (but cute) shoe is necessary. I recommend a boot in a neutral color such a black or brown so that it can be worn with many different outfits. Also, the clothing during the night life is very relaxed so a boot will transfer quite easily from day wear to night wear.
I also recommend Vans or a canvas style of shoe. It’s very casual and can go with many outfits as well. My gray vans are a great alternative to the boot look and are also very comfortable for long days of walking.
Hair accessories: Since you are traveling to a different country were the voltage is probably different than the United States and you are dealing with a weight limit, you probably are not going to be able to bring the hair dryer and straightener that you cannot live without. For this reason, I recommend bringing hair accessories such as headbands (which you can buy for a steal at Forever 21), lots of bobby pins and hair ties. These tools will help you change up your style when you get bored with your everyday look and will make living without your beloved hair tools a little more manageable. It even gives you an opportunity to try some styles that are sported by some of the locals (if you dare).
Fleece jacket: By now, I’m sure most of you are tired of the fleece look, but for traveling, a fleece jacket is very lightweight and can add an extra layer when it may become a little chilly. A fleece jacket, such as a Northface or a Columbia, is very casual and can be purchased in a variety of colors. If you are not looking to splurge, many stores carry their own brands of fleece jackets that run very cheap.
Watch: I have recently become obsessed with watches and wear one every day. Wearing a watch abroad helps a lot and even adds style to your outfit. Many places in Spain don’t have clocks and people don’t look at their phone a lot to check the time. Plus if you wear your watch on the plane, it’s less weight you have to worry about packing.