As I mentioned, a few weeks ago I was very fortunate to be able to scoot up to New York City for a few days for the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event. This trip is always very special not only because the event is inspiring, but because I get to spend a few days with inspiring women! And of course, an excuse to visit NYC in the fall is always welcomed.
When it came time to pack for the trip, I was really struggling. First, the temperatures in Atlanta were extremely warm and I was having a hard time getting into fall mode. Second, the daytime temperature swings when we were going to be up there were 30 degrees! Third, I wanted to stick to my carry on luggage so I had to be strategic about what I was packing.
Here are four items that really worked for me when it came to packing. I love that these pieces were chic enough to blend right into the NYC scene, but also comfortable enough for walking around all day.
- Black Leggings
I purchased the faux leather spanx last year and they have become go-to’s in cooler temps. Of course, they are super versatile! I also love that they don’t wrinkle and can be dressed up or down.
2. Long Tunic
If you are packing leggings, you definitely need a long top. This tunic packs like a dream and is so perfect for layering. It really dresses up an outfit, but feels like pajamas. Oh- and it is under $25 (with free shipping!) and comes in 9 colors. I think this shirt is a perfect go-to for just about anyone!
Obviously when it comes to packing, less is more! So an easy to way to get lots of mileage out of a basic outfit is to accessorize. I love packing a pretty hefty jewelry bag with statement necklaces, bracelets and earrings to help pack a punch without taking up much luggage space. I’ve always loved throwing on a big necklace, but lately I am into the “arm party” and love bracelets too. (I blame my closet makeover because now I can see them on display!)
4. Carry-All Bag
Since I wasn’t checking my luggage, I needed a large bag for my carry-on purse. I love this camo bag! It fits so much and even expands on the bottom to get a few more things to fit. (Usually on the way home!) It was perfect for a carry-on but also toting around the city. I also brought a small clutch for the event that stored easy in my luggage.
I am so glad I resisted the urge to check because I had more than enough to choose from using the carry-on with these key pieces. What are your go-to pieces when you travel?