TV Host and Style Expert Mana Mansour has partnered up with Travelocity.ca and I met with her to get in the inside scoop on all she has to share on how to pack smart and stylishly for upcoming vacations.
With Summer fast approaching, many of you have already started dreaming and planning your next getaway. But for a lot of people the thought of packing puts a real dampener on their plans, panic sets in, you call friends and receive advice that is all over the place. What do you do! You refer to the experts. Obviously destination is a major factor when deciding what to pack and Mana is here to you give us a quick rundown of her key pieces for a few of these popular getaways.
Mana Mansour suggests for:
A weekend in Las Vegas
- Metallic evening shoes with matching metallic accessories (either in silver or gold) are a must! They go with everything (bright summer dresses to the most sexy LBD), plus having a great set will save you much needed space in your suitcase as they can be matched with multiple different outfits.
- 2 different styles of bathing suits, a two piece (if that’s your comfort level) and one with more coverage. It’s important to have two, so that when one is wet, you still have a dry one to alternate. Also, by the end of the trip, all that drinking and eating will probably have you reaching for one that is a bit more comfortable and demure.
A getaway to San Francisco and Napa Valley
- A comfortable pair of chic wedges that can go from day-to-night. It’s important to have footwear that allows for a lot of walking and that will not sink in the grass when going from vineyard to vineyard (stilettos are a no!). However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll still want to look stylish and chic if you have to whip around for a nice dinner afterwards.
- A lightweight jacket with lots of pockets, a military style one is my favourite. The Bay area can sometimes have unruly weather; one minute it’s warm and sunny, the next minute it can be cold with quite a bit of wind, therefore, having layers is important! I suggest military style jackets as they are not only stylish and very on-trend, but all the pockets allow you to keep trolley tickets, maps and phones at close reach.
A European adventure to London, England
- A stylish handbag that is cross-body, as you’ll need your hands free to take all those sightseeing photos. Plus it’s important to have different compartments that are secure for your passport and money.
- A classic trench coat! Nothing screams chic British style than a tan-coloured belted trench coat, done in a classic silhouette that hovers over the knee. It’s waterproof, lightweight, looks great with both casual or dressy outfits…need I say more??
What are suggestions on how to decide the key investment pieces for travellers?
Mana suggests when preparing for a trip, a lot of us go shopping and buy new clothes to create a fresh new look for an upcoming travel destination. While it can be fun to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe, it can also be expensive, so I suggest investing in a few key pieces that can be a part of your wardrobe, no matter where your travels take you.
- Comfy sneakers – Wherever you’re travelling this summer, a good sneaker is a versatile piece that can be paired with a variety of outfits for both day and night activities. And the best part? Your feet will thank you at the end of the day.
- Lightweight Bomber Jacket – Bomber jackets are currently very trendy and easy to dress up or down. Pair them with your favourite shorts and t-shirt for a day of sight-seeing, or dress them up with skinny jeans and a great heel for a night on the town.
- A stylish cross-body handbag in a neutral colour– Every gal needs a good handbag and one that is cross-body is a must when travelling, as it allows your hands to be free when necessary. I recommend investing a bit more money with this item and going for one that is of better quality and make…it’s an investment that will pay for itself from all the wear you’ll get out it! Find a bag that has the right amount of pockets for all your essentials but that is also still comfortable and stylish for you. And colour is important, anything in black, grey or tan will have longevity.
Do you have any tips for those travelling light? Ways to save space and those must take items?
Canadians are continuously choosing to save money when travelling by skipping the extra baggage fees and using only a carry on suitcase. But with only a limited amount of space, packing everything you need can be tricky. An easy way to travel light is to pack multi-purpose pieces that you can utilize throughout your vacation, such as the key pieces I’ve outlined above.
Another tip I like to share is to use roll-up cases that packs flat. These allow you to pack all of your necessary make-up and jewellery, while taking up only a small section of your suitcase. And of course, when travelling, we can’t forget about shopping. Rather than saving space in your suitcase for purchases you intend to make, pack a roll up duffle bag instead. That way, you can utilize all the space in your suitcase and still have room to bring home those must-have souvenirs.
Speaking with Mana Mansour is always so refreshing and her tips right on the mark. Thanks and we will share more from her as the Summer brings on it’s heat!