How to Pack for a TAG Trip (or Any Trip)
Packing for travel is an eternal quandary. How many pairs of pants, not to mention shoes? Whether you are coming on an Adventure Gal trip or doing your own thing, here are some tips on how to best optimize your carry-on for your next journey.
- Only pack the clothes you love to wear. Nothing experimental, uncomfortable or doesn’t do well with sweat. Don’t decide this is the trip to become an Instagram influencer….
- Everything should fit in a carry-on, plus maybe a backpack or travel tote. I don’t care if you are staying in an all-inclusive in Mexico or train traveling through Europe, life is easier when you lighten the load. Unburden yourself from the luggage cadaver bag of doom and enjoy the sweet life of simple and light travel.
- Pay attention to the weather and what the locals wear. Even though it will be in the 70s throughout my trip, it’s far less common to wear shorts in Europe, so I’m sticking mainly to pants and dresses for this particular travel capsule wardrobe.
- Pack only enough to last half the trip. Did you know that clothes can be worn more than once on your trip? This is the real secret to easy travel. Yes, this requires doing a little laundry but think of all the space you saved for all the cool swag you purchased.
- Colors and fabrics are important. Neutral colors are versatile and go with anything. If you like a flashy or patterned top, go neutral on the bottom. Make sure what you bring goes with 2-3 of your other pieces. Pick fabrics that wick away sweat and don’t need to be ironed or dry-cleaned. Colors like black, white & denim are great base colors and add your own pop of personality. Personally, TAG-itas love denim jackets & gaucho pants as they go with almost everything and are wicked comfortable.
Clothing is uniquely personal to each of us so we have listed things we generally like to pack depending on the weather. We also know that hotter climates may require several costume changes a day (from the day to the evening). Use this list as inspiration for your own perfect travel wardrobe.
- 2-3 dresses (short, maxi, whatever works for your body, usually one of ours is black)
- Rompers. This is a newer trend but comfort won us over.
- 3-4 tops. I will usually wash a couple and re-wear them.
- Denim jacket. Usually needed at airports and in cold hotels.
- Gaucho pants. Late to this miracle of panting. We love the airflow and that they don’t wrinkle, like ever! Often worn 2-3 times a trip easily.
- Track joggers. We like the light material and the tapered leg. Great for the airplane.
- We generally do not pack blue jeans for hot climate trips. They usually make us sweat.
Cooler/ Winter Months
- Blue jeans. At least 1 pair. Probably wore 80% of the trip.
- Dark or black pants. Better for going out to dinner. Yoga pants can be dressed up with some boots and a nice sweater.
- Light jacket, either sporty or more polished like a chic blazer depending on the style of the trip we are doing. Sometimes worn under a heavy jacket if particularly cold/windy.
- Heavy jacket
- 1 -2 sweaters. Great options for Iceland
- Moisture-wicking base layers like those from Smart Wool.
- Hat, scarf, gloves, etc.
TAG trips are very active and you will need some good, comfy shoes. Try and limit yourself to 3 pairs. Our top choices are:
- Sneakers/canvas walkers: This should be your fashion-forward pair for looking good and sho be comfortable if you have to do more than 3 miles in them.
- Simple flats or sandals. I love ballet flats to dress up a look if I know I am not walking a lot. Better for cooler climate trips
- Flip flops. Most TAG trips have a thermal pool or bath component so these are ideal shoes for those environments.
- Boots. My cold climate go-to shoes. Love Blundstones. We wear these on the airplane to save luggage space.
- Hiking shoes. Most TAG trips have a hiking element so you will need a pair of durable hikers. I find that trail running shoes are a good in-between and don’t take up too much space in my carry-on.
The Adventure Gals Mission
The TAG mission is Responsible Travel, the ability to extract more than the top layer from a place and give back to local female & minority-owned businesses whenever possible with our patronage/visits/trips.
We also want to create a community of explorers who will develop relationships with the places we visit and internalize these experiences by turning them into something they will use for the rest of their lives.