It can be hard to find stylish travel accessories to elevate your look. Between early flights, long trips, and extremely limited bag space, dressing stylishly is usually pretty low on the list of priorities for the average traveler. Instead, we often opt for outfits that are functional, comfortable, and able to be stuffed into our backpacks because there’s simply no way we’re paying for a checked bag.
But even the most frugal travelers don’t always want to look like they just rolled out of bed. Whether you’re checking out a museum in Paris, a trendy bar in Lisbon, or taking your travel partner on a romantic dinner date, sometimes you want to step up your style game a bit. Fortunately, all it takes is a few key accessories to help you do that.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Warby Parker, known for their stylish, high-quality, and highly affordable eyewear. Read on for tips on how to find your perfect frames and our other favorite pieces that will have you traveling in style.
A light scarf or shawl
Scarves and shawls are especially good additions to your packing list because they serve a few purposes.
Not only are they an easy way to spruce up an outfit or to add a pop of color. But they’re practical too. Scarves and shawls turn into make-shift blankets during chilly plane rides, they provide lightweight sun protection, and they’re an easy way to cover up exposed shoulders when you’re exploring temples in Bangkok.
Best of all, they’re lightweight and easily packable, meaning they won’t cost you any valuable bag space.
The right frames are the perfect accessory to reflect your style and personality to the world. Whether you choose sunglasses to help protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays while soaking up the Caribbean sun or you prefer your optical frames to contacts, eyewear is a packable essential that can help accentuate your travel look. All without breaking the bank.
That’s why we absolutely love Warby Parker. Their glasses are stylish, affordable, and oh so comfortable. Plus, you can try them risk-free with their Home Try-On program!
To make finding the perfect pair even easier for you, take Warby Parker’s frame quiz. Simply answer a few short questions about your face width and the styles, colors, and materials you prefer, and they’ll recommend a few eyeglasses, sunglasses, or both for you to try on at home.
For iPhone X users, Warby Parker also offers a virtual try-on tool within the Warby Parker app. The tool uses Apple’s ARKit and TrueDepth camera technology, along with Warby Parker’s proprietary placement algorithm, to place the frames on your face to see how they’d appear in-person. The easy-to-use tool allows you to try on eyeglasses and sunglasses—seeing the realistic color, texture, and size of each style—from anywhere using just your iPhone X. You can virtually try on frames before adding to a Home Try-On box or purchasing directly through the app.
Packable travel blazers
Blazers may seem like the exact opposite of vacation attire. But they’re actually one of the best ways for both men and women to elevate their look from roughin’ it to ready for the cocktail lounge.
Typically, carrying a blazer either has meant lugging a bulky suit bag around or dealing with a wrinkled mess. But now, the rise in popularity of travel blazers means that you can pack something smart, stylish, and lightweight that will be ready to wear whenever you’re ready. If you’re not sure where to start, Outside listed some of their favorite travel blazers here.
Fashionable travel hats
No, we’re not talking about that ratty ball cap you use to cover up bedhead when you head down to the hotel breakfast buffet – no judgment, though.
Instead, invest in a hat that you’ll actually want to wear over and over. Think Panama hats, straw hats, or those massive sun hats that’ll make you feel like a travel influencer at a pool brunch in Bali. Hats are an easy way to turn a boring outfit into a fashion statement.
The best travel hats will pack up small (or can be worn on the plane), add a photogenic Instagram-worthy accessory to your wardrobe, and protect you from the sun during beach bar cocktails. Travel Fashion Girl has a great list of some of their favorite travel hats.
A more stylish bag
We love a good travel pack. In fact, choosing the right one can sometimes make or break your trip. But the reality is, once you arrive at your destination, you really don’t need to be lugging around a massive backpack or suitcase while you explore a new city.
Instead, pack a smaller day bag that’s a bit more stylish yet still big enough to carry all of your essentials. This could be a sleeker cross-body bag or even a leather backpack. It’ll go a long way toward not looking like a tourist everywhere you go.
Start traveling in style
Traveling in style doesn’t need to be hard. All you need are a few thoughtful additions to your packing list and you’ll be equally prepared for a day at the beach and a night on the town.
And if you’re ready to find the perfect frames to elevate your look, take Warby Parker’s frames quiz to find your perfect style, then try them at home for free! Simply select 5 frames, try them on at home, and when you find a pair you love, check out with your prescription and they’ll send you a fresh pair. Their frames start at just $95 (including prescription) and include both free shipping and free returns. Choose your 5 favorite designs and try them today!
BY: ZACH ANDERSON, CONTENT MARKETING & FLIGHT EXPERT
Zach is a digital marketer, copywriter, and flight deal expert at Dollar Flight Club where he helps 1 million people travel more. As a digital nomad, he is deeply passionate about location independence, Thai food, and helping others see the world affordably.