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Chic Travel Essentials


While some trends takeoff, others are classics that will stand the test of (travel) time. Packing can be stressful, but don’t you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for functionality. Before you go, make sure you have these stylish staples. Here’s how to be the best-dressed jetsetter on the runway.

1. Passport cover

A cute cover keeps your passport safe and stylish. Choose one with space inside to store boarding passes, emergency contact info and an international calling card. (Kate Spade Tudor City Passport Holder, $68.00)

2. Weekender bag

If you’re traveling for a long period of time, pack a carry-on for short trips. Travel bonus: you can use it to carry your souvenirs on the flight home. (Longchamp “Le Pliage” Expandable Travel Bag, $255.00)

3. Watch

Keep track of time with a classic watch. Crossing into different time zones can get confusing, and using your cell phone can be unreliable. Choose a color like rose gold—it’s both versatile and timeless. (Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch, $275.00)

4. Cosmetics bag

Stay organized and ensure your makeup stays in place. A pretty cosmetics bag can double as a clutch, too. (Tory Burch “Slim Brigitte” Cosmetics Case, $68.00)

5. Classic trench coat

Don’t let the rain wash away your style. Umbrellas are bulky, so pack a trench (with a hood!) instead. (London Fog “Angela” Trench Coat, $99.99)

6. Luggage tag

Make a suitcase your own with a chic luggage tag. A bright color makes it easy to spot at baggage claim. (J.Crew Leather Colorblock Luggage Tag, $30.00)

7. Journal

With these chic essentials, your fashionable adventure will go down in history. Tell your story with the ultimate travel companion. (Graphic Image Aqua Saffiano Medium Travel Journal, $29.95)

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Lesley Siu graduated from American University in May 2013 with a BA in Film and Media Arts and minors in Marketing and International Business. Originally from Hawaii, she loves photography, fashion, travel, social media and everything Parisian. She has interned at GLAMOUR magazine in New York and Washington Life Magazine in DC, but her proudest accomplishment is founding Her Campus American in 2011 while interning in Melbourne, Australia. You can usually find her reading a magazine, enjoying a hazelnut latte or posting a photo on Instagram... and sometimes, all at the same time. Follow her on Twitter: @lesleysiu and visit her blog.
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