Q: Hi Flight 001, I’m heading to London, Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona for two weeks and have no idea where to begin with packing. I will be doing a lot of sightseeing during the day, and expect a few fancy nights out. Do you have any wardrobe tips? — Jessica, Santa Monica, CA
A: Choosing what to pack for two weeks away between multiple cities and climates can be tricky even for even the most seasoned travelers. You’ll want to bring wardrobe staples that can do double duty by helping you easily transition from day to night. Here are a few tried and true staples. Bonus: Everything will fit in our Spacepak Packing System meaning you can travel with everything packed inside one lightweight carry. Adios checked baggage fees.
Silk tanks, graphic tees, a few denim or chiffon button downs, and a slouchy crocheted sweater will ensure you have plenty of layers and warmth while still looking polished and put together. Add a long top that doubles as dress over slim pants or leggings and you’ve got a perfect look for a chic night out.
Pants, Skirts & Dresses:
Slim, straight leg pants in dark colors like black and navy dress up and down easily, with the addition of a strategic necklace and shoes. Certainly bring along some soft leggings in wool, Lycra, or cashmere. They’re lightweight, versatile, and will keep you warm on travel days. Pack a few pairs that work as tights to pair with skirts, dresses, and longer tops. Packing a mid-length skirt or two is an easy way to update casual daytime looks for evening, and a shift dress that can be worn with sweaters or sleeves during the day, or on its own at night will give you some serious style mileage.
A sleek leather jacket will go a long way in these three fashion-forward cities, especially over a shift dress in the evening, and a tailored trench coat in black or tan instantly upgrades any daytime look.
Shoes will eat up up a lot of room in your suitcase, so this is where you need to be creative. Pack a pair of heeled shoes or booties that are comfortable enough to walk in, but are dressy enough for dancing the night away. A pair of soft ballet flats or loafers that take up little room in your bag are an easy way to add style to a casual look. If space allows we’d also throw in of lightweight sneakers for days spent exploring primarily on foot.
Statement necklaces and earrings will transform your ensemble instantly so pack a few inexpensive options (we don’t recommend flying with your most precious gems). A silk or wool scarf will add warmth and flair to your wardrobe. A little clutch for nighttime is simply perfect.
Travel Comfort Items and Gadgets:
Get plenty of beauty sleep en route and in your hotel room with a soothing eye mask that totally blocks out daylight (the sooner your kick your jetlag the better!). Don’t forget a 4-in-1 Universal Travel Adapter to keep your devices charged. And just in case you loose a button, we like to bring a mini sewing kit. It’s a small addition to your luggage that will quickly solve any last minute wardrobe emergencies. A few guidebooks to Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona, and it looks like you’re ready for takeoff. Buen viaje!