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Everything I'm Packing for a Montana Ranch in the Winter

Everything I'm Packing for a Montana Ranch in the Winter

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. As one of the founders of Just Packed, I've made it my mission to create the ideal packing list wherever I go. So when it came time to pack my bag for a 3-day trip to Montana, specifically Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, I quickly made a game plan. At the end of the day, my packing list needed to cater to warmth and comfort. Winters out west aren't kidding around — the snow, sun, wind, and general below-freezing temperatures informed every single item that went into my luggage. Most of my suitcase would be the clothing and accessories I'd need for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing through the mountains — layers, waterproof pieces, and other cold-weather essentials (February temperatures range from 0 degrees Fahrenheit to the mid-30s). I also wanted to take a couple of non-snow gear outfits, which I would need for dinnertime. While dude ranch trips lean toward the more casual side, I knew I'd want to get out of my spandex and snow pants in the evenings. I also wouldn't have room for more than two pairs of shoes — one of which I'd have to wear while traveling. After much planning and perfecting, here's everything I packed for a winter trip to a ranch in Montana. What to Bring to a Montana Ranch in the Winter Base Layers For base layers, I turned to Halfdays (one of the cofounders recently shared her skiing trip packing list). I brought two of each of the Johnson Top and the Sophia Legging. They're soft, warm, breathable, and the compression is super flattering. Whether you're backcountry skiing and snowshoeing like I was, or Alpine skiing, dog sledding, or snowmobiling, these base layers will keep you nice and toasty. Mid-Layer The next layer for outdoor winter activities is commonly called the mid-layer. Depending on the temperatures and level of activity, it acts as a great substitute for larger coats and jackets. This Lululemon pullover was perfect for the Montana outdoors. Light Down Jacket I left my big down coat at home, opting instead for this light down jacket from Patagonia. While it doesn't seem like enough to brave the winter chill, it's actually perfect for layering — and was way easier to travel with than my larger coat. Snow Pants Nordic skiing and snowshoeing call for snow pants with room for movement. I went for a pair of Swix weather-resistant pants with micro-mesh lining and full-length side zippers. Layered on top of the Halfdays leggings, I stayed completely comfortable during two full days of winter sports. Jeans On a dude ranch in Montana, dressed up means a nice pair of denim. My go-to jeans are usually from J.Crew or Madewell — and this high-waisted, straight-leg pair are a fail-safe. Denim Shirt Because where else can you do denim on denim without anyone blinking an eye? While this lighter chambray top isn't the warmest shirt on the market, it was greater for layering with a turtleneck and sweater when I wasn't curled up by a fireplace. Turtlenecks for Layering For years, I've sworn by J.Crew's tissue turtlenecks. For this trip, I packed three, all in neutral colors. I wore them to dinner and on my traveling days. The style is seasonally appropriate, but given the fabric, you never feel too stuffy or suffocated. Sweater I packed just one sweater for the trip — sweaters take up loads of suitcase space, after all. I stuck with a neutral, cashmere sweater from Jenni Kayne. Snow Boots My tall snow boots aren't packing-friendly, so I brought my hiking boots from Danner instead. They're durable and waterproof and take up a lot less space in my suitcase. Ankle Boots While I was tempted to bring my cowboy boots, I veered more practical, bringing this pair of ankle boots instead. Easy to slip on and waterproof, these boots from Blondo served me well — and they've taken the title as my favorite travel shoe. Thick Socks Leave the ankle socks at home. I brought four pairs of thick socks — two for my snow boots and two for my ankle boots. Sunglasses Nordic skiing doesn't call for snow goggles, but you do need eye protection from the mountain sun. I brought my trusty Raybans — they've never let me down. Hat or Headband and Gloves The last thing on my Montana packing list was some headgear and gloves. I'm not typically a hat person, so I went with a headband to cover my ears and a pair of ski gloves to cover my hands.

Travel-Friendly Skincare You'll Pack Once and Swear By Forever

Travel-Friendly Skincare You'll Pack Once and Swear By Forever

Tre are two types of people in the world: Those who swear by their skincare routine and those who wish they had one. Whichever camp you're in, we're about to change your world with our packable beauty picks—and yes, every product here is TSA-approved for your carry-on. You know, just in case you need an in-flight touch-up. The key is finding products you love enough to use on the road and at home and buying mini versions of them. Then, pack a toiletry bag and just leave it in your carry-on so it's always ready for your next trip. Your skin will thank you, and you'll thank yourself for saving so much time and effort. Plus, you'll be healthy and glowing no matter where you are or how long you've been away from home. TSA rules restrict liquids to under 3.4 ounces, and that includes lotions and serums. (Contrary to recent rumors, you are not allowed to break this rule for sunscreen.) Here, we break down a simple beauty routine that's possible to maintain while traveling—because we all know it's time to stop waking up with mascara on your hotel pillow. Hydrating Face Mask: Shiseido Retinol Revitalizing Face Mask Celebrities love Shiseido's super-concentrated, hydrating masks, which encourage natural skin recovery. Put one on mid-flight (we won't judge), or first thing when you get to your hotel room. Moisturizing Face Lotion: Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream Kiehl's facial cream is lightweight and delivers instant hydration that works for all skin types. Get the 1.7-ounce size and carry it with you on a long flight—you won't regret it. Anti-Aging Eye Cream: Fab Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream Word to the wise: If you're reading this, you're not too young to start using eye cream. Fab Skin Lab's retinol eye cream should be applied to a clean face once in the morning and once at night to stimulate collagen production and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Soothing Lip Balm: C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve Lip Balm Between flying in a dry airplane cabin, drinking too many cocktails and not enough water, and spending extra time in the sun, you're likely to spend at least part of your trip with dry lips. This cult-favorite balm is moisturizing and fits easily into any personal item. Reef-Safe Sunscreen: TULA Protect + Glow Daily Sunscreen Probiotic skincare developed by a gastroenterologist, TULA is one of our favorite brands for everything from daytime and nighttime moisturizers to exfoliating scrubs. The Protect + Glow sunscreen is non-greasy, lightly pineapple scented, and reef-safe, so you can wear it snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands or sunbathing in Mexico. Vitamin C Brightening Serum: Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Brightening Serum Sunday Riley's vitamin C serum feels like summer in a bottle, and with 15% vitamin C, it's more potent than your average serum when it comes to brightening and helping with dark spots or discoloration. Apply morning and night to feel like you've been in the sunshine, whether you really are on a tropical vacation or you've been sitting in an English pub on a rainy day. Moisturizing Body Lotion: Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion Peachy, glowy, and made with natural ingredients, Clarins' body lotion isn't cheap, but it'll do wonders for dry skin. You'll be able to show off your legs in your favorite sundress and feel confident they're soft and dewy. All-in-One Cream: Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream If you're the type of traveler who just wants to bring one product with you, this is it. The Rich Cream from Augustinus Bader fights aging, protects the skin from free radicals, and combats even the driest of skin (which is far from an uncommon occurrence when traveling). Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Kate Bosworth, and Sandra Oh are fans of the cult-favorite brand—so you know it's good.

Cute Fall Jackets for Every Type of Trip

Cute Fall Jackets for Every Type of Trip

Our content has been independently selected and contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using the links, we may receive a commission. When the sun sets on summer and the cool air starts to linger, fall will have arrived in all its glory, and it will undoubtedly be time to cozy up with your go-to lightweight fall jacket. Of course, fall is unequivocally the best season for fashion, so now is the best time to add one of this season’s cute fall jackets to your rotation. With so many new styles to choose from, you are sure to find a new favorite. For the perfect fall outfit to style with your fall sweaters and ankle boots, an oversized denim jacket or a trench coat will be your best options. When the inevitable gloomy rainy days come, you will be so glad you found that cute yet totally practical raincoat or light puffer jacket. It might even be time for you to splurge a bit and invest in a piece that will last you several years and easily become a closet staple. Whether you opt for convenience or durability this fall, our top picks for fall outerwear have got you covered. Cute Fall Jackets for 2021 Adding on a cute fall jacket is the quintessential way to bring in a fun pop of color or a bold statement piece to elevate an otherwise drab outfit. Jackets have an innate ability to tie together an entire look, as if it was the missing piece you didn’t know you needed. On a trip, a statement jacket can make the rest of your packing easier, because what you wear underneath can be simple, mix-and-match neutrals and your photos will still pop. This season, the endless amount of everything from cute quilted puffers and leather jackets to classic trench coats and oversized denim jackets will have you ready to purchase one of every style and price point. Not to mention, trending this fall are the coziest, most luxurious fabrics and prints you could ever dream of, including plaid, sherpa, and leather, to name a few. Lightweight Fall Jackets As the seasons transition from the heat of summer to the brisk breezes of fall, lightweight jackets are the most sensible yet stylish article of clothing to wear. For the crisp fall days when warmth is essential but bulky jackets are not, grab J.Crew’s quilted cocoon puffer or The ReNew Channeled Liner from Everlane, both lightweight but durable puffer jackets. Perfect for layering, the lightweight utility jacket from J.Crew and The Mac Coat from Everlane, both water-resistant, are the best for those in-between summer and fall days. This Oversized Trucker Jean Jacket from Madewell is the epitome of the ideal oversized denim jacket, and it will surely become a new staple wardrobe piece. For a menswear-inspired, workday look, Everlane’s Oversized Blazer made of Italian wool will take your fall outfits from day to night. If you are looking for the comfort and ease of athleisure with an overall polished look, the It Girl Bomber jacket from Alo Yoga is for you. Leather Jackets for Fall Who isn’t a fan of the classic black leather jacket and its ability to make its way into all of our closets? This season, refresh your closet with some updated takes on the timeless moto jackets we can't get enough of. Free People’s “Jealousy” leather moto jacket is the iconic leather jacket of your dreams, and you will want one in each basic color available. This “Good Measure” faux leather shirt jacket from BB Dakota by Steve Madden is a new take on the beloved fall shirt jacket in a plush faux leather. Trench Coats for Fall With so many fresh takes on a classic fall jacket favorite, a trench coat will be a necessary closet addition this season. J.Crew’s relaxed trench coat and this classic cotton trench coat from Mango, both made from cotton, feature a relaxed fit in neutral color options. If you are looking for a one-and-done investment piece to take you through many seasons, the “Kensington” Long Trench Coat from Burberry, also available on The RealReal, will be the one for you. With a slightly oversized fit and a belted waist, The Drape Trench from Everlane and this oversized trench coat from COS are ideal for those seeking a casual yet flattering look. Raincoats for Fall A proper raincoat is what separates the weather-challenged from the weather-conscious, but we won’t judge if you still haven’t come around to buying one for yourself. This season, bright yellow raincoats are the bold statement piece you will actually be excited to wear on those dreary rainy days. If you are looking for a breathable and fully waterproof raincoat with welded seams and zipper closure, this lightweight waterproof jacket by Hunter will be your absolute favorite. For a casual, lightweight raincoat with a button snap closure and waterproof lining with ultrasonically welded seams, check out this raincoat by Rains. Pack Your New Fall Jackets for... Pack your new fall jackets for a day trip to an apple-picking orchard, for a weekend getaway to see the vibrant bursts of color and the fall foliage in New York or Maine, or for a National Park road trip. Pair Your Fall Jackets with... Because fall jackets combine the best of functionality and fashion, their addition to any fall outfit will be most welcome. Pair your new trench coat or quilted puffer jacket with your favorite knit fall sweater tucked into your high-waisted jeans, or grab your classic leather jacket or oversized denim jacket to top off your long-sleeved fall dresses paired with ankle boots. Where to Shop for More Fall Jackets For more modern yet highly fashion-forward jackets that will take you from fall into winter, look to COS and Nordstrom. If ethical fashion is what you’re looking for, then Everlane will be your go-to for fall outerwear. With a range of investment pieces and more casual day-to-day fall jackets, look no further than Madewell or J.Crew.

The Best Women's Hiking Shoes on the Market

The Best Women's Hiking Shoes on the Market

The opinion that women's hiking boots can't be cute has been proven completely false over the past couple of years. Every outdoor brand from adidas to Columbia to Merrell to Salomon has come up with a hiking shoe style that looks right at home when paired with Lululemon leggings and a crewneck sweatshirt or trendy bike shorts and an oversized t-shirt. No unflattering cargo hiking pants here. You can have a cute hiking shoe, but there are a few key points you have to consider: A hiking shoe is one of those items you shouldn't buy two days before your mountain climb, and you certainly shouldn't go with the cheapest option because you'll "probably only wear it once or twice." For starters, hiking shoes should be worn in before any strenuous activity. Blisters on top of a mountain, six miles from the trailhead? No, thanks. Test them out at home, then around your neighborhood. And be sure to pair them with some of our favorite hiking socks (leave the thin footie socks in your suitcase). As far as cost, we suggest sticking between $70 and $150. Anything less, and you put yourself in dangerous territory of "you get what you pay for," in a bad way. Anything more and the cost-per-wear won't lean in your favor. Unless, of course, you're an avid hiker; in that case, a pair on the higher end makes more sense. For travelers who want hiking shoes that do more than just photograph well in a #doingthings Instagram, make sure you buy a pair that matches the terrain you'll most likely be exploring. Trekking around Scotland? Make sure you find a waterproof hiking shoe. Climbing across boulders in Colorado? You'll want support and traction. Below, see our picks for the best women's hiking shoes. Our Pick: Columbia Newton Ridge™ Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot If you're not a regular hiker, spending $100 or more on a pair of boots you'll wear a couple of times a year doesn't add up. This style from Columbia is not only durable, but it's also reliable. Another reason it's our number one pick is that it's far from blister-causing; just add a medium thickness sock and enjoy the hike. Our Other Favorite Hiking Shoes for Women

Best Loungewear to Travel In

Best Loungewear to Travel In

It should come as no surprise that we're firmly in the camp of traveling in both comfort and style. Whether you're catching an international flight or simply driving home for the weekend, your experience will be infinitely better if you feel at ease, confident, and completely satisfied with your outfit of choice. When we want to marry comfort and style for traveling, we look to the category of loungewear. The ultimate travel loungewear should fall under one or more of the following categories: anti-wrinkle, anti-fuzz, machine-washable, transitional, and versatile. We don't want to travel in our cozy but desperately un-fabulous Christmas thermal pajamas or those worn-thin leggings and an old hoodie. Waistbands should be supportive and firm, not overly tight and restrictive. Sweaters should be soft and breathable; you don't want to be sweating more than necessary as you book it through the terminal before the gate closes. And while those cashmere sets look incredible on that model (and feel just as divine), you'll immediately regret spending the cash on something that has to be hand-washed before re-wearing it for the return journey. That said, we've narrowed down our winners—the loungewear that promises comfort and a paparazzi-worthy moment at departures and arrivals, a la Eva Chen. Below, see our picks for the best loungewear to travel in. Best Loungewear for Women: Tops Brands like Cuyana, Everlane, and Summersalt have loungewear down to a science. They value comfort, shape, and price point. And when looking for the best tops to travel in, we wanted all three of those characteristics, plus a few more specifics. These are loungewear tops you can layer, they transition well between the cool plane and stuffy customs line, and they work as both on-the-go pieces and perfect additions to your wardrobe upon arrival at your destination. Best Loungewear for Women: Bottoms Get rid of those pilled, see-through leggings you cherished ever since you found them on sale at H&M. It's time, we promise. Instead, opt for something timeless and sleek. From Luluemon's iconic Align leggings (you can exchange them for free when they wear out!) to a matching set we wear on literally every trip, scroll through to see our picks for the best bottoms to travel in.

Packable Rain Boots That Are Actually Cute and Comfortable

Packable Rain Boots That Are Actually Cute and Comfortable

We know, we know: Rain boots take up way too much space in a suitcase. They're the kind of statement piece you regret packing (because you might wear them one time, max) but also the kind you regret not packing the moment you find yourself sloshing around a new city, ruining the only pair of sneakers you brought. Or there's the other possible regret: the one where your feet are nice and dry inside a pair of rain boots, but you're incurring the worst blisters you've ever had. And nothing ruins a trip like blisters. The key to avoiding any of these conundrums is packing the right pair of rain boots—ones that are equally comfortable, cute, and compact. For starters, we recommend a shorter, Chelsea-style boot. Leave your tall Hunter boots at home if you're 1) going on a short trip, 2) only packing a carry-on or smaller suitcase, or 3) traveling somewhere that doesn't involve trekking through marshes, ponds, or several inches of water on a daily basis. While some of the below rain boot styles are waterproof, others are labeled as "water-resistant," meaning they're better options for light rain (great for a spring trip to London) and serve as a more versatile shoe in your suitcase—you'll never feel out of place in a giant pair of rain boots after misreading the weather forecast. Pro tip: Make sure you pack thicker socks that rise above the top of the shoe; even the most comfortable, worn-in rain boots have a tendency to rub on the backs of your calves. Another trick: Layer a taller sock over a pair of normal footie socks; this provides more cushion between your delicate heel and the back of the tough rubber shoe. The Best Packable Rain Boots for Women

Best Bras and Underwear for Travel

Best Bras and Underwear for Travel

Whether you're traveling by plane, train, or car, wearing the right bra and underwear is just as important as having a pair of comfortable shoes. More important, even, since you can't exactly remove either conveniently. Bras that pull or pinch and underwear that squeezes or rides up are off the table. They're not invited on your vacation. Luckily, there's a wide selection of brands that offer travel-friendly bras and underwear—for all shapes, sizes, and skin colors. Skims, Beyond Yoga, Girlfriend Collective, and Spanx carry some of our go-to styles. And while undergarments seem like an annoying expense sometimes, remember the shoes comparison: Don't let a trip be ruined because you were uncomfortable the entire time. The Most Comfortable Bras to Wear While Traveling For the average five-day trip, we usually suggest packing at least a nude t-shirt bra to match your skin tone (bonus points if it can double as a strapless bra) and the queen of all travel bras, the lightly lined bralette. While the exact bra combination will depend on the actual trip activities—if you're going camping or hiking, stick with sports bras instead—these two styles should ensure you have the proper support you need. Underwire isn't going to be your friend, especially on overnight flights. Below, see our picks for the best travel bras ever—also great for the non-traveling moments and lounging on the sofa. The Most Comfortable Underwear to Wear While Traveling Now, finding the right underwear to pack is another story. But first, you need to throw out the old ones. You know the pairs we're talking about. Seriously, stop reading this right now and go throw them out. It's time. Then, you need to decide if you like to travel in thongs or briefs, high-rise or low-rise. Are you planning to wear an outfit on your trip that requires a special kind of underwear? Like white jeans, a body-con dress, or maybe just lots of leggings? The most basic underwear combination you'll need on the average trip is the following: 2-3 thongs 1-2 briefs (the kind you'd wear to bed) 2 skin-tone or nude panties Below, see our picks for the most comfortable (and best-reviewed) underwear to pack on your next trip.

Our Favorite Crossbody Bags to Carry When Exploring New Cities

Our Favorite Crossbody Bags to Carry When Exploring New Cities

From Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, to a multi-city European adventure, there is one item that will be required at every destination: a crossbody bag. And not just any crossbody will do. The best crossbody bag for traveling is three things: durable (no chance of a strap unexpectedly breaking), the perfect size (room for daily essentials such as phone, wallet, passport, chapstick, portable charger), and versatile (you don't want to look back at photos and regret the heinous bag you wore in every single one). While some travelers prefer different materials for their purses, we prefer some sort of leather—real or faux—or a sleek nylon. A leather or nylon crossbody runs the gamut of sleek and elegant to casual and relaxed; it's the ultimate day-to-night bag when you don't have access to your complete wardrobe. "Does a crossbody bag count as my personal item on a flight, though?" Technically, it does. Does it mean you should leave it behind and pack as much as you can in a larger personal item? Absolutely not. Just find a crossbody that's packable—stow it in your suitcase—or compact enough to sneakily slide under your coat for boarding. We won't tell the airline... Our Picks for the Best Crossbody Bags to Travel With

The Only Pairs of Flats That Won't Give You Blisters

The Only Pairs of Flats That Won't Give You Blisters

You may have heard differently, but we're here to tell you the truth about flats. Most flats aren't comfortable—at least not until you spend weeks breaking them in, suffering through blisters, calluses, and painful rubbing on your foot "hot-spots." We've tried to find cheap, comfortable flats for traveling, but over the last 10-ish years of shoe research, we've come up empty-handed. Flats are the epitome of "you get what you pay for." If you go too inexpensive, they'll either immediately cause you pain, fall apart after a few wears, or give off an unpleasant odor after a few hours spent pounding the pavement. None of those situations are ideal—especially while you're traveling. So when you're looking for a pair of flats to add to your travel uniform, remember one thing: It doesn't matter how cute, stylish, or amazing the flats are: do. not. buy. them. if. they're. going. to. be. uncomfortable. You'll end up regretting your purchase, and then being forced to spend more money down the line. Because we don't want that to happen, we've tested and approved three brands of flats to travel in below. We don't recommend taking these out of the box and heading straight to the airport—it's always better to wear them around the house for a few days beforehand—but they also won't rip your feet up after a quick spin around the block. Best Flats to Travel In: Editor-Tested Pairs That Won't Cause Rubbing or Blisters Loeffler Randall Flats Loeffler Randall is far from a cheap brand, but as a woman-owned, woman-designed business, they have our seal of approval. Like most flats, these don't offer much in the way of support, but the glove calf leather is extra soft and forgiving. Plus, the strap on the ballet flat is key to avoiding the foot-out-of-shoe moment when you're sprinting to your next destination. Mansur Gavriel Flats Slightly more expensive than Loeffler Randall, Mansur Gavriel is a brand that also uses smooth leather for its flats. Remember: If your flats are made of a material that isn't flexible, your feet are bound to suffer some type of wear and tear. When buying a pair of Mansur Gavriel flats, however, be sure to read the size tips. Most styles, including the famed ballerina style, run slightly small. Look to buy a half or full size larger than your normal size. Gucci Loafers Yes, this is an investment purchase. If you aren't absolutely in love with these, then wait to make the purchase. Think about it, do your research, figure out when you'd wear these and what you'd wear them with. If you decide the Gucci loafers are in your budget and you could benefit from adding them to your wardrobe, you won't regret it. They're a great way to dress up your airplane uniform or keep a work outfit clean and casual. Anti-blister tip: If your toes are prone to sweating in your shoes (a real thing), try some sort of a loafer sock.

The Carry-On Suitcases We Use for Every Trip

The Carry-On Suitcases We Use for Every Trip

At Just Packed, we know a carry-on suitcase purchase is not to be taken lightly. Of all the luggage in your collection, your carry-on is arguably the most important of all. It's going to put in more work than your personal item bag, and unlike your checked luggage, it'll be by your side throughout your entire journey. Your carry-on is your ride-or-die travel partner, and it's important to find one that suits your travel style. Are you team hardside or softside? Checked bag or carry-on only? Monochrome set or mix and match? Regardless, some items on your carry-on checklist should simply be non-negotiable. It needs to be spacious but within the permitted size limit (check luggage allowance specifics for the airlines you fly most frequently, and remember domestic and international rules can differ); lightweight (so you can bring more shoes, obviously); durable (so you can chuck it into the overhead compartment without fear); and cute (because you won't avoid being spotted together). Of all the carry-on fish in the sea, here are the two bags we can't travel without. Pick #1 for Best Carry-On Sized Suitcase: Tumi International 21" Carry-On When it comes to investing in a suitcase that will never let you down (or go out of style), you can't go wrong with Tumi. If you're a hardside luggage person, Tumi's polycarbonate shells not only look sleek, they're made to last. (And here's a secret: while they're certainly not cheap, you can often find them on sale at Nordstrom Rack!) A carry-on has to be able to move with you, and the International 21" Carry-On has four 360-degree-swivel wheels that make navigating through a dauntingly huge airport terminal or hauling it into a taxi surprisingly easy. Plus, it has multiple interior pockets — a rarity among hardside cases — keeping your clothes organized and compressed so you can maximize space. All this while complimenting your airport outfit with a glossy, navy blue finish. What more could you ask for? Pick #2 for Best Carry-On Sized Suitcase: The Bigger Carry-On from AWAY So, it's been forever since you upgrade your carry-on suitcase. You've been using your old carry-on until it's on its last legs, pulling it with force through the airport—not because you love it, but because you don't believe a new carry-on will significantly change your life. We've been there... but you're wrong. The Bigger Carry-On Suitcase from AWAY has changed our suitcase game. It can easily fit a week's worth of winter outfits and a couple pairs of shoes without fear of the bag exploding. It's lighter than it looks, making it a breeze to zip through security and to the terminal—or just downstairs and into the cab. If you're trying to decide between the Bigger Carry-On or the normal Carry-On size from AWAY, go with the former. While the smaller size can fit in most overhead compartments (and the larger occasionally has to be checked beneath the plane), it's way less versatile. We've brought the Bigger Carry-On on two-day work trips as well as longer visits back home for the holidays and international excursions. As for the specific color, we love the dark forest green style; it's easier to spot among the hoards of black bags belonging to other passengers.

The Best Travel Leggings Are From Beyond Yoga

The Best Travel Leggings Are From Beyond Yoga

For the longest time, Lululemon had us sold with the Align leggings. We loved them, wore them on a weekly basis, took them on every trip, and sang their praises to anyone who asked. But in the fall of 2020—after continuously wearing some combination of leggings and a t-shirt—we lost our loyalty to the Lululemon cult classic. The pair that stole our hearts is similar, though: soft, supportive, and high-waisted (obviously). While not cheap, they're worth every penny. Meet our official pick for the best travel legging of 2021: the Beyond Yoga Spacedye High Waisted Leggings. At first glance, you're probably thinking: "What is it about this pair of leggings that makes it so special? Can't I get a cheaper pair on Amazon?" To answer the latter question, yes, technically you could find a lower-cost pair on Amazon—and forgo the quality and long-lasting life of the Beyond Yoga style. The first question, however, requires us to provide some more information. Why is this the ultimate brand of leggings to travel in? When we're searching for the best leggings (a continuous process), we always check for certain characteristics of the pant. Are they soft? Are they supportive? Do they keep their shape even after an entire day on the go? You get the picture. Here's how the Beyond Yoga leggings stack up and why they get the title of our favorite travel leggings. Soft: Beyond Yoga calls it their "buttery-soft performance fabric." It doesn't disappoint. Supportive: In our expert opinion, leggings should always have a thick, not suffocating, waistband. No one wants to sit on a plane, train, or bus for hours on end in a pair that lacks mid-section support. Hold Their Shape: You know those travel days that start at the crack of dawn, and you don't arrive at your destination until midnight? You might be worn out, but the leggings will still feel fresh and far from saggy. High-Waisted: Low-rise leggings should stay in the early 2010s; Beyond Yoga's high-waisted leggings are as flattering as they are comfortable. Opaque: You won't have to worry when you bend over to pick up your luggage or tie your shoes. Inclusive sizing: These styles are available in sizes XXS-3X. Still not sure if these are the best travel leggings ever? Check out the Beyond Yoga reviews.

The Best Travel-Friendly Shoes to Wear on the Airplane

The Best Travel-Friendly Shoes to Wear on the Airplane

Thirty percent of a travel uniform is your shoes. They get you from Point A to Point B. While it's a simple concept, finding the right pair is actually harder than expected. And trust us, wearing the wrong pair of shoes while traveling is the ultimate faux pas. If that should happen... well, let's hope it's a small airport, a short flight, and you have a change of shoes in your bag upon arrival. There are many factors that go into your travel footwear decision. We've narrowed that list down to four. To find the best shoes for the airplane, you need... Style. We believe in putting your best foot forward while traveling in the air. Old sneakers and muddy boots can stay at home. Choose a pair that's classic and versatile enough to work with the rest of your suitcase—solid colors and neutrals encouraged. Comfort. For obvious reasons, traveling in discomfort is miserable. You never know when you'll have to sprint to your departure gate or walk a mile through one of the world's largest terminals. Blister-causing interiors and tall heels have no place in the airport or on the plane. Ease of Removal. Avoid the judging gazes from other passengers pushing through the security line; slip-on or easy-to-slide-into shoes are the difference between a seamless experience and holding up 20 fellow travelers behind you. Temperature. You might be heading to Mexico for spring break, but it's highly doubtful (and would actually be concerning) if the temperature of the cabin was a toasty 85 degrees. Your sandals can easily slip into your personal item or carry-on. Choose a slightly more seasonless style to remain comfortable throughout your journey. Leave your lace-up sneakers, tough-to-remove leather boots, and uncomfortable heels at home. These are the best shoes to wear when traveling via airplane. Best Shoes to Wear on the Airplane Slip-on Sneakers Sporty, casual, and the best bet for fast walkers and those who live for the thrill of barely making their flight. Loafers One step up from the sneaker, loafers (preferably ones you've broken in pre-flight) are the ultimate modern traveler shoe of choice. Flats Flats that don't give you blisters or make your feet swell mid-flight have our stamp of approval. Ankle Boots If you're packing boots for your trip, it's usually wise to see if you can wear them during your travels—giving you more room in your suitcase and leeway as far as luggage weight is concerned.