Joanna Goddard England

What do you usually pack for trips? I’ve figured out a pretty consistent list in my adult life, and for our trip to visit my grandmother in Cornwall, we needed mix-and-match pieces because of the unpredictable weather. Here’s what I packed (I’d love to hear your go-tos!)…

1. My friend Susan once recommended packing red clothing because red looks so good in photos. I remembered that and brought along this soft red sweater (on sale for $23!).

2. All the heart eyes for this slim cotton tee. It’s super soft and well-fitting, and you can layer it with anything.

3. Long-sleeved tee, with a great boxy shape, for layering. (It also comes in seven pretty colors.)

4. I’ve had this black cashmere sweater for years, and if I calculate the cost per wear, it cost me like a penny. The oversized fit feels effortless with jeans and over dresses.

5. This blouse is made of crinkled gauze, which means it NEVER WRINKLES. You can wear it out to dinner or for just knocking around. The perfect travel shirt!

6. An easy dress, for having drinks in the evening (my grandma calls it “drinks o’clock”) or if we end up going out to a nicer restaurant.

7. Soft, chunky, what more could you want in a sweater? This hand-me-down number is made with natural undyed Spanish yarn.

8. Surprisingly, this windbreaker, which I found on sale a while back, is the clothing item that elicits the most compliments BY FAR. Not a fancy dress. Not a pair of jeans. But a windbreaker. I love it! Bonus: You can easily stuff it into a handbag and take it anywhere.

9. Sweatpants for the overnight flight and afternoon hikes — and they’re slim fit, so they don’t really look like sweatpants and you actually feel pulled together.

10. Wrinkle-free pajamas for sleeping at night and padding around in the morning.

11. Levi’s wedgies are super flattering and super comfy. Done and done.

12. I always pack a tote into my suitcase, because they’re so handy on trips — for beach supplies, a shopping excursion, grabbing groceries for the group, etc. etc. This floral number does the trick!

13. I realized my beloved Old Navy sandals have two straps and aren’t carried anymore, but these slides are very, very similar. Update: The two-strap is back in stock!

14. Converse because they pair well with jeans, shorts, dresses, anything.

All in all, for a week in England, I packed: three sweaters, three shirts, one dress, windbreaker, sweatpants, jeans, sandals, sneakers, windbreaker, pajamas, tote. You can mix and match everything. Plus, of course, I brought some underwear and a ThirdLove bra; and my everyday makeup and skincare. That’s it!

What do you pack for trips? I’d love to hear…

Cup of Jo has been running for 13 years, so we’ve decided that every week, we’ll be highlighting one of the most popular posts from the past. Here’s one of our favorites, originally published on July 2, 2019.

P.S. How to pack without wrinkles and a vacation mistake.

(Top photo of Anton and me. Windbreaker by Kule, jeans by Levi’s, and sandals from Old Navy.)

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