As Spring Break approaches, and summer time draws closer, many people begin to think of their vacations, or possibly even study abroad trips. Deciding what to pack on these adventures can be somewhat stressful, but if you follow the motto “less is more” you’ll never go wrong.

For example, when it comes to outerwear, it’s best to pack only one jacket. Jackets can be bulky and take up a lot of space. The last thing you want to do is lug around an extra heavy suitcase. But how can you pack only one jacket when you don’t know what the weather will be like? It could be sunny and warm one day, or cold and rainy the next. Our advice? Pack a water-resistant jacket with removable liners. That way, as the temperature fluctuates, you can add/remove layers as necessary. We thought this cropped parka jacket from Top Shop was really cute, and very reasonably priced at $104.

TOPSHOP Lightweight Short Parka Jacket

For everyday clothes, pack basic, neutral pieces that can be dressed up or down. For instance, a white or black scoop neck t-shirt looks great with jeans, but can also be worn with a skirt and accessorized with a cute necklace for nighttime. The top we selected is a three-quarter length shirt that retails for $40 from Banana Republic.

Banana Republic Catalina Tee - Black

Limiting yourself to one or two backpacks/purses is also helpful. If you take a purse, be sure it has a cross-body strap and plenty of zippers/fold overs. Tourists are often targets for pickpockets, so anything with multiple enclosures that are difficult to access is the best way to go. The bag we picked retails for $25 at Kohls.

Rosetti Taylor Majestic Mini Cross-Body Bag

Lastly, keep the culture of the country you are visiting in mind as you pack. Will you be required to keep your head covered in a place of worship? Are shoulder-baring tops considered improper? When in doubt, some quick internet research should re-assure you what types of clothes are considered appropriate for your destination.

Sources

http://stylesetter.simon.com/blog/-not-set--9/study-abroad-packing-guide

http://www.polyvore.com