The natural nomad is less concerned with what she takes with her than what she is bound to find. The beauty of the journey is encumbering yourself with as little as possible.
Minimize your makeup.
Rub in a tinted moisturizer (with SPF!), dust a neutral matte on your eyelids, and kiss your cheeks with a rusty rose. Greet the fresh day with a fresh face.
Treat your hair to a vacation as well.
Leave your blow dryer, straightener, and products behind. Untangle your freshly washed locks with a wide-toothed comb and let your tresses airdry and fall how they may. If you’re headed for active adventures, bun it, braid it, or even bandana it, but for just a few days, don’t make it do anything it doesn’t naturally do.
Pack with purpose.
The tried-and-true method for slimming your suitcase is to make sure every piece is both useful and versatile. Here’s what goes in our travel packs:
A light field jacket.It can go over top of almost any outfit, and if your journey takes you anywhere with altitude, you can count on an evening and overnight chill.
Tees and jeans.This should really go without saying. The mix-and-matchability of your favorite basics can turn a handful of garments into dozens of outfits.
Worn-in boots.An adventure is not the time to break in a new pair, but boots are the ultimate travel companion. They’re durable, protective, easy to slip on and off, and if you’ve got a good pair, they’re the most comfortable footwear you own – why would you explore in anything else?
A hat. Not only is it a great accent to everything else we’ve told you to pack, but also, if your journey leads you outdoors, your hat has you covered. (Plus, it’s an excellent quick-fix if your hair isn’t adjusting well to its “vacation”.)