Traveling might not be the most glamorous of pursuits, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look great on the go. If you’re a globetrotter who is keen to look your best on your travels, here are some must-haves for your bag. 

A capsule wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe is essential for tourists, especially those who travel light. The aim of this concept is to cater to every occasion without packing your entire wardrobe. To build a perfect capsule collection, start with the basics. Invest in plain vests and tees, simple shorts, skirts and dresses and a pair of well-fitted jeans. Once you’ve got these in your case, you can add accessories, for example, jewelry, bags, shades, hair scarves and bands and a belt to switch up your look. It’s also a great idea to buy a couple of new pieces to embrace seasonal trends each time you go away. This way, you can keep your wardrobe fresh without spending a fortune or worrying about excess baggage charges. 

Simple, on-trend cosmetics

If you’re going on vacation, you don’t want to pack a giant makeup bag. Think about where you’re going and what you’re planning to do and create a collection of basic, on-trend items. Look out for versatile, multi-use products, for example, tints you can use on your cheeks and lips, and buy a colorful eyeshadow palette instead of taking several individual pots. Ideally, you want to be able to go from day to night or beach to bar using just a couple of extra products. 

Skincare essentials

Whether you’re whizzing around European cities on a train, you’re experiencing the thrills and spills of a safari or you’re basking on the beaches of the Greek Islands or the Costa del Sol, it’s critical to look after your skin. Sun lotion is a must, even if you have skin that doesn’t burn easily. You’ll also need a cleanser and moisturizer. Buy products that are suited to your skin type, and invest in miniatures if you’re only going away for a weekend. This will free up valuable space in your bag. 


It’s always a good idea to pack a few accessories to vary your look and add a little extra to each outfit. From belts and necklaces to bangles, hats and sunglasses, you can mix and match to dress basics up or down. Team a simple jersey maxi dress with leather sandals, a cross-body bag and a pair of shades for a cool, casual look, or add wedges, hoop earrings, a waist belt and a straw clutch for evening drinks. Alternatively, take a pair of denim shorts and a simple white cami and add a blouse, bangles and block-heel sandals to enjoy dinner after a day of sightseeing.

Hopping on planes, catching trains and navigating city traffic might not seem glamorous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel great on your travels. If you’re planning a city break, a beach vacation or a far-flung adventure, take these tips on board to stay stylish on the go.