Must-Have Fashion And Travel Items For Couples

Traveling with your significant other can be a lot of fun. There are so many great places to explore and the experience with your other half makes it all the more enjoyable!

By Tess DiNapoli5 min read
Must-Have Fashion And Travel Items For Couples

For couples who love traveling together, it's obvious that a successful trip is about more than just the destination. You want to look and feel good on your adventures too. While it's easy to find inspiration from new fashion trends for traveling enthusiasts, there are a few must-have fashion and travel items every couple needs on their next vacation or adventure. Let’s explore the top items you’ll want to pack by season and destination type!

Spring Fashion Wear for Couples

Traveling in spring is a great time to get outside and explore the world. The weather is warm enough for shorts, but there's still a little chill in the air that can make you feel refreshed after spending hours under the sun or rain on a hike. Pick up some stylish spring essentials for your springtime adventures with your other half with these tips:

  • Go Bold. A bright color like yellow can provide a pop of color to your wardrobe and brighten up the day. It’ll also be useful for spotting your significant other in crowds or on the trail.

  • Lightweight and Layering. Keep your clothes lightweight and breathable with clothing that's not too tight. It'll make you feel cooler on those warm spring days and allows you to layer if you need to add or take away clothing throughout the day.

  • Versatile Outfits. Pick an outfit that's easy to dress up or down. Versatile clothing items are great for days that you won’t be able to do an outfit change mid-day before your evening plans.

  • Wardrobe Staples. Don't forget some basic staples, like jeans and t-shirts. You never know when you might want them handy.

  • Bring a Jacket. If you're traveling abroad, bring a light jacket and pack layers. This is specifically important if you’re traveling to an area with unpredictable weather.

  • Add Some Shades. Don't forget your sunglasses – they're essential no matter what time of year or where you are!

Take a look at these outfits options that are perfect for traveling in areas with springtime weather:

For the Woman Traveler

When traveling, it’s best to create outfits that marry comfort with style. The types of activities you have planned for the day will guide you towards what type of outfit to put on in the morning. Have a busy day filled with adventure and a lot of walking? Opt for stretchy jeans or leggings, paired with your favorite t-shirt and a lightweight jacket over top. Don’t forget to wear a pair of comfortable sneakers! If your day consists of light activities that require a subtle amount of walking, opt for a casual midi dress with a cardigan and flats.

For the Man Traveler

If you want to stay comfortable while looking fresh, men's streetwear fashion is perfect for you. Wear khaki pants with a navy polo shirt for your day of exploring, or try pairing your favorite plaid shirt with jeans and a pair of nice shoes for an evening out.

For Both Travelers

Pack lightweight jackets that can be added to your outfit or taken away when you get warm. Wearing layers is important on spring days or when traveling to an area where the weather is unpredictable.

Summer Fashion Wear for Couples

For summer travel, enjoy the convenience of lightweight clothing. This is the best time to pack for couples, as the weather is largely predictable, and you can pack light. Whether you're exploring National Parks, heading to a tropical destination, or traveling abroad, there are some key items you should never leave home without. Here are a few outfit ideas for these types of vacations!

Adventurous Vacations

For National Parks or adventurous vacations, it’s important to pack items that have stretch, allow for breathability, and are able to be layered. For ladies, pack leggings, t-shirts, and lightweight jackets. For guys, pack stretchy shorts, t-shirts, and sweatshirts to layer over top, if needed. Don’t forget reliable sneakers or hiking boots!

Beach and Tropical Destinations

For the beach or a tropical destination, opt for tropical prints, bright colors, and lightweight ensembles that will keep you cool. For ladies, pair a sarong with your swimsuit of choice for the beach or pool. For guys, pack your favorite pairs of swim trunks and a tank top or your go-to tee.

Traveling Abroad

When traveling abroad, make sure to do your research before packing. What’s the typical weather like during the time of the year that you’ll be traveling? Use this as a guide for packing your suitcase before the trip!

The good thing about summer is that couples who plan to spend more time outdoors can get away with packing a few pairs of shorts and t-shirts along with a few dressy pieces for evening dinners or heading out on the town. These simple short and t-shirt outfits are perfect for even the hottest days because they're lightweight and made out of breathable material. For a nighttime event, bring along some dark jeans and sexy heels or pretty summer dresses and sandals for the ladies, while your guy can wear black slacks with dressy shoes.

Consider adding these summer must-haves to your suitcase:

  • Sandals or flip flops

  • Sneakers or hiking boots

  • Trendy hats and sunglasses

Fall Fashion Wear for Couples

In the fall, it's a great time to get cozy with your partner and enjoy nature together. Trees are changing color, and it’s the perfect time for couples to travel and spend time together as the weather is typically mild with nice breezes.

In this season, you'll want to wear sweaters for layering, boots or shoes with traction (like rain boots or hiking boots), leggings, hats, and scarves. Warm layering pieces like flannels, fleece jackets, and windbreakers are perfect for cooler weather. A warm scarf around your neck will be perfect if it's chilly outside. For a great fall look, try pairing the scarf with boots or rain boots, or add a colorful headband and scrunchie to enhance your fall hairstyle. Don't forget that you should always dress in layers so you can peel them off as you start to warm up.

Winter Fashion Wear for Couples

Winter may be the most difficult season for couples because it’s usually the coldest. But it's also one of the best seasons to explore new cities or ski resorts. To stay warm when traveling while still looking stylish, invest in:

  • Wool Socks. A pair of thick wool socks and some well-fitting gloves. Wool is an excellent heat conductor that will keep you toasty without overheating.

  • Warm Layers. Cute winter clothes that are warm yet stylish, like bulky sweaters or parkas. There are many comfy clothing brands, so it's not difficult to find chic and classy clothes that also keep you warm.

  • Scarves. Pick a scarf made of wool, flannel, or another warm material to help block the wind from your face while still looking stylish. 

  • Anti-Slip Boots or Sneakers. Good quality boots or sneakers with anti-slip soles, so they don't slip on wet or icy roads or sidewalks. You'll also want to make sure they're waterproof so that snow and rain don't seep through.

  • Lined Coat. Invest in a high-quality winter coat lined with a soft material (such as fleece) for extra warmth without bulk.

If you want to look trendy, opt for hats like beanies, wool flat caps, fedora, or wool berets. A good hat will keep your head warm and cover your ears so they don't get too cold.

Winter weather can be unforgiving if you’re not dressed accordingly before leaving home for your destination. It's important to have the right clothing and accessories to stay warm without sacrificing your personal style.

Must-Have Travel Items for Couples

When traveling as a couple, you should also have a set of must-have travel items, so you're prepared for any situation such as:

  • Travel-Size Toiletries and Medicine. These include tissues, hand sanitizer or soap, toothbrush, shampoo and conditioner, bandaids, aspirin/ibuprofen, and extra masks – consider antibacterial options such as the copper face mask selections available in the market.

  • Purse or Small Travel Bag. Pack an over-the-shoulder purse or crossbody bag that’s roomy enough for all of your essentials. For men, small travel bags are nice for packing phone power banks, sunscreen, and other necessities.

  • Camera. Bring along a high-quality camera or phone with a good zoom lens, especially if you're going to remote areas. You'll also need memory cards in different sizes – bring the larger ones for more storage.

  • Camera Accessories. Bring a remote control, extra batteries or cards, and other accessory needs for your camera – you don't want to be without pictures of the places you're going!

  • Sunscreen. Pack a small tube of sunscreen that's SPF 30 or greater, as it can be difficult to find quality sun protection in some countries. Make sure you bring one with broad-spectrum and water resistance for hot climates, and if possible, an insect repellent too.

  • Power Bank and Mobile Charger. Consider the size of your phone and whether you can charge it with a power bank or mobile charger, which will come in handy if there are no outlets. You should also get some travel chargers with different plugs so you can power up anywhere.

  • Pen and Notebook. Pack a pen and notebook to jot down your thoughts, take notes on the area you're in, or write postcards.

  • Earbuds. Pack earbuds if you want some peace for yourself. They’re also useful for music or movies, so no one gets sick of listening to what the other person wants to hear.

  • Headphones. Whether you have noise-canceling headphones or a simpler set, make sure they fit and that the sound is good quality.

  • Portable Makeup Bag. While you might not want to do a full face of makeup before going out for the day (or night), it's good to have some essentials. Carry a portable makeup bag and include mascara, eyebrow pencil, concealer, lipstick, or lip balm.

  • Laptop Bag. Pack your laptop in a backpack with padding to avoid getting banged up on public transportation. Consider how much extra protection you’ll need for international travel – if possible, pack a hard-shell laptop case.

  • Portable Blender and Travel-Friendly Snacks. Pack a small portable blender for your favorite smoothies and fruit shakes while on the go. This can be a lifesaver when you need to eat something, but you're stuck on a bus or train.

Closing Thoughts

Traveling together should be more about the experience than just the destination. The shared experiences will be something you'll remember, and they can last a lifetime together as your relationship grows stronger with each trip. Knowing what to wear and carry for your trips will make you more prepared for what's ahead, and the best part of it is that you can use most of the items in all four seasons. So whether it's traveling across the country or around the world together, these tips and items will make your experience more enjoyable.

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