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    "Gamechanger": 15 Must-Have Pieces If You’re Building A Travel-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe

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    1. A Hackwith Design House shirt that can be worn ~six~ different ways so you don't have to lug around a large checked bag or wear the same exact outfit every day. 

    a model wearing the black long-sleeved wrap top in three ways: off the shoulder, tied in the front with a square neck, and tied in the back with a V-neck in front
    Hackwith Design House

    Hackwith Design House is a small, woman-owned business. Their sustainable designs are made to order and sewn in their Minnesota studio. Their sizes run from XS to 4X. On Mondays, they also release limited-edition designs so you can be one of only 25 people to own a piece! 

    I have this shirt and I *love* it. All credit for its discovery goes to TikToker @jennifer.bianca who I happened to stumble across on my FYP. It checks all my boxes: black, comfortable, versatile, and durable. My initial worry was that I wouldn't feel secure in it (I have a 38DDD chest and most wrap tops/dresses I've tried haven't stayed where they're supposed to), but I haven't had an issue with this! I've worn it tied in the front giving me a square neck (like the middle picture) and tied in the back giving me a V-neck up front (just like the photo on the right) — both were super comfortable and I didn't have to adjust myself at all. As someone whose weight fluctuates, I also appreciate that this piece can handle pounds gained and lost. The fabric is medium weight so I'll be wearing it season to season and there's just enough elasticity in the arms that if you roll up your sleeves, they won't fall back down. All that is to say trust that I will be buying additional colors!

    Get it from Hackwith Design House for $125 (available in women's sizes XS–4X and in five colors). 

    2. cropped brami tank — AKA a 2-in-1 bra + cami — so you don't have to worry about finding and packing your one and only bra that *doesn't* have an underwire poking out/hook missing. 

    a model wearing the top in white
    different model wearing the top in yellow
    Klassy Network

    Klassy Network is a woman-founded small biz from Natalie Rogers. Each of the brand's brami tops is designed with removable padding and you can even buy extras if you need/want!

    Promising review: "Love this top so much! The medium fits perfectly! I was expecting the thin pads similar to what is in a swimsuit or sports bra, but these pads feel more like an actual bra and gives good coverage and support! The crop length hits perfect 👌 10/10 would recommend" —Heather K.

    Get it from Klassy Network for $35 (available in sizes XS–3XL and in five colors).

    3. A pair of cropped, feather-light pants that do 👏 not 👏  wrinkle 👏, offer UPF 50+ protection, and dry in a flash in case you need to wash 'em in the sink before the next leg of your trip. 

    a model wearing the pants in black
    a different model wearing the pants in cream
    Athleta

    I have these in black and they are my go-to pants for travel days — especially ones that involve flying. The wide-leg design/silky fabric is ultra-comfortable, the pockets are large enough for smartphones, boarding passes, and passports, and the elastic waist/drawstring sitch guarantees there's no pinching or bagging even if you're sitting and/or standing for an incomprehensible amount of time. The sides also have some subtle darting that take them up a notch in the ~fashun~ department. 

    Promising review: "I can't think of anything I don't like about this pant. The material is wonderful and easy to care for. I like the crop as you can so easily dress them up or down. I have found traveling with two pairs of these, four or five tees, a wrap, a pair of sandals and flats, and wearing sneakers I can be gone for a week in a carry-on only. Couldn't live without them." —LaVon V

    Get them from Athleta for $89 (available in sizes 0–26 and in three colors).

    4. Or a pair of Levi's pull-on skinny jeans if you're someone who doesn't like leaving the house in something that could be considered loungewear but you do want to *feel* like you're wearing loungewear nonetheless. 

    front view of a reviewer in dark wash jeggings
    side view of a different reviewer in a lighter wash

    Promising review: "OK, I'm not going to lie. I was skeptical about these pants. I hate buying clothes online without trying them on first, but the reviews here said that they run true to size, so I trusted them. I am SO GLAD that I did. These pants are everything I ever wanted. Make my butt look cute? Check. No nasty zipper to dig into my gut? Check. Perfect length for any season? Check. I can wear these with a cute blouse as a teacher, and still look professional, while still being comfortable. I feel comfortable wearing these basically any time, and I think that if you're lacking a pair of them and thinking about it, you should go get a pair. They're AMAZING." —AlySedai

    Get them from Amazon for $19.44+ (available in women's sizes 2–28, in three lengths, and eight washes). 

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime, you can give these a spin before you buy them!

    5. A drapey slip dress you can roll up into the *tiniest* little bundle and then slip inside a shoe to save even more room in your carry on because this baby simply will not wrinkle!

    a model wearing the midi dress in green
    back view of a different model wearing the dress in blue
    Everlane

    Promising review: "I was delighted to receive this dress wrinkle free. It's not only comfortable, but also a good travel item. It fits well and I can dress it up for elegant occasions or use it for everyday wear. So versatile. I love it!" —Beth E

    Get it from Everlane for $100 (available in sizes 00–16 and in three colors).

    6. A packable floppy hat so your scalp doesn't suffer any third-degree burns while you're hanging out by your resort's pool. The wide brim will also keep your schnoz in the safe zone because, if you're anything like me, your nose *will* burn after just 0.01 seconds of sun exposure. 

    a reviewer wearing the hat and drinking a cocktail
    a different reviewer wearing the hat at a pool

    Promising review: "Honey, this hat was giving me everything I needed it to give! I felt Gone With The Wind fabulous in this hat for my cruise vacation. It provided the adequate shade for my face and shoulders while allowing me to shade myself from people I didn’t want to talk to! Bay-bay! It was EVERYTHING I needed it to be AND the size XL fit over my braids. So my girls with protective styles or just big hair, this is the hat for you! 🎉" —1922blue

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes M–XL and in 14 colors).

    7. A trusty pair of Reebok Club C Sneakers that 1.) are hella comfy and 2.) match just about everything so you have no excuse to pack multiple sets of shoes when one can do the job. 

    a reviewer wearing the sneakers in white
    a different reviewer wearing the same sneakers

    I have three pairs of these babies because they're just so comfortable straight out of the box. You don't have to worry about blisters and they don't look out of place with dresses and skirts. They're also simple enough to slip on and off when going through the airport so they check all of my travel boxes!

    Promising review: "Love these shoes! I saw them in store at UO but they didn't have my size. Obviously I turned to Amazon because what doesn’t this site sell, and lo-and-behold, y’all had it. I try to pair these with almost every outfit because they’re so comfy and stylish! Recently went to Philly, where I had to walk everywhere because we didn't rent a car and these were only pair of shoes I brought (I travel light). These didn’t cramp up my feet at all as I walked over 7 hours daily over the course of 5 days. Definitely recommend! But one thing hurts my heart...the creasing at the front of the shoe that comes with loving these shoes so much.😢" —Alli J

    Get them from Amazon for $36.69+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in 12 colors/patterns).

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime, you can give these a spin before you buy them!

    8. An adjustable raincoat from sportswear giant Columbia sure to keep you dry even if it's draining cats, dogs, and elephants. (I assume that's the natural progression.)

    a reviewer wearing the coat in light blue
    a different reviewer wearing the same coat

    I purchased this jacket a few years ago before a trip to the Peruvian Amazon and it definitely came in clutch. If you're a frequent traveler, you'll appreciate not only how easy it is to pack, but that you can actually fold it up into its own pocket so you can store it in your backpack or purse when you don't need it.

    Promising review: "To be honest, I was a bit skeptical with this jacket. Many reviews mentioned it wasn't water resistant and it didn't fit correctly. I decided to take a chance as I needed a light rain coat to take to Japan. Little did I know that a GIANT storm was rolling in before we left. I got a chance to try it out in a Texas thunderstorm, too... Which if you haven't heard are massive! The jacket fit great! It was a tad tight around my hips but still very comfortable. I am able to put another sweatshirt underneath and still feel comfortable. Now, for the functionality. I wore this for two days in the pouring rain and didn't get wet once! It also did a great job shielding the wind. The hood tucks nicely in the collar and is easy to put in and out. I work in emergency services and it is imperative to have a jacket that is waterproof for crazy storms that pop up. Very lightweight and super easy to throw in my purse just in case." —Sarah Crain

    Get it from Amazon for $21.90+ (available in sizes XS–3X and in 41 colors).

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime, you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    9. A pair of Birkenstock Essentials sandals that are ultra-comfortable, waterproof, and can take a serious beating if you need to shove them in the exterior water bottle pouch of your backpack because you bought more souvenirs than anticipated. 

    two models wearing yellow birkenstock sandals
    Birkenstock

    Get them from Birkenstock for $49.95 (available in sizes 4/4.5–12/12.5, in two widths, and in various colors — more of which can be seen here and here).

    10. A plain white Madewell tee you can wear again and again and again because there's really no wrong way to pair it. Like seriously, I'd like to see an outfit it doesn't make sense with??

    front view of a model wearing the white tee
    back view of the same model
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The perfect white T-shirt. Comfortable. Good quality. Not too expensive. I’ve worn it time and time again. Relaxed fit." —Bartow

    Get it from Amazon for $16+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and in nine colors). 

    11. A ruched, retro-inspired bikini so you can take advantage of every hot tub, infinity pool, beach, and spa day pass that comes your way. Plus, who knows when/if you'll hit it off with another traveler who owns a yacht!

    a model wearing the two-piece set in electric pink
    a different model wearing the same swim suit in neon green
    Lively

    Promising review: "I LOVE the texture, design, fit and comfort of this bikini!! Its perfect- want to order more!" —Angela

    Get the two-piece set from Lively for $95 (available in sizes XS–XL and in five colors).

    12. A Levi's denim jacket that I won't even waste your time explaining. You and I both KNOW there's nothing more versatile.

    A reviewer wearing the coat in jeanie
    a different reviewer wearing the light wash denim coat at the airport

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this jacket!!! It goes with just about everything, and is comfortable. I went up a size after reading some of the reviews, and that worked out well for me. The length of the jacket is also a nice feature, it hits right about the hip, and is not a midriff. I'm really glad I ordered this jacket, it's so cute, and I know it will last a lifetime, Levi's makes the best denim wear as far as I'm concerned." —Jo Packer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.97+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 1X–3X and in 11 washes).

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime, you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    13. A pair of bike shorts you can wear on hikes — you know, those that go up literal mountains — or under dresses and skirts as an anti-chafing measure when your exercise du jour is waiting in a TSA line that snakes through the entire airport. 

    a model wearing the shorts in black
    a model wearing the shorts in wine red
    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "Amazing! I wore mine while traveling and the pockets are just so convenient ! Amazing fit and comfortable." —April Smith

    "These are SO good. I waited to leave a review because I wanted to wear and wash them for awhile, but after wearing these all summer for workouts, walks, hikes, and general out and about stuff — and after all the washing and drying associated with this much wear — there is NO pilling or wear on the crotch and inside thigh. These still wear and look like new. I am going to order longer pants from this company for the fall and winter." —dawbygirl

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in 15 colors).

    14. A Pashmina scarf ready to be fashioned into a blanket or pillow when flying; a wrap when you're cold or need something modest for visiting cultural sites like temples; or even a shield from the sun as it offers UPF 50+ protection!

    a reviewer wearing the scarf in grey
    a model using the navy scarf as a blanket

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wrap!! It is the perfect weight and size for travel. It didn't leave my side on an 11 day backpack trip through Europe and was used as a scarf, blanket, towel, and wrap all throughout the trip. Fashionable enough to dress up a basic travel day outfit, warm enough to keep away a chill on a cooler night, and light enough to pack away small into a bag or tie around a purse strap. I can't say enough great things! I am buying these as gifts for everyone I know that travels." —Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $45+ (available in six colors).

    15. And a few pairs of breathable, odor-reducing briefs from ExOfficio — a brand that specializes in travel-friendly clothing. The undies are so fast-drying, you can wash them in a sink, wring them out, let them dry for a few hours, and wear 'em again.

    a model wearing the bikini in black
    the same underwear in purple
    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are my everyday undies for home or travel. They are durable enough to handle machine washing for routine use, but they also hand-wash and air-dry easily when I want to rotate just a few pairs during travel. I have tried several brands of travel undies and found I get chafing from wool and some other synthetic brands are not as durable as these." —Ellen R.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.56+ (available in packs of one or two and in 17 colors/patterns). 

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