Travel Wardrobe Must Haves Checklist | EP 143

Are you a packing procrastinator? Or do you start planning your trip outfits the second you buy airline tickets? Regardless of how (or when) you pack, there is zero debate on “what to pack.”

This week, your favorite personal stylist – Holly Katz, aka The Hostess with the Mostest – gives you the run-down on her “Vacation Must-Haves Packing Checklist.” You do not want to leave home without it!

What to pack, how to pack, when to pack, forgetting to pack…. All this drama can totally ruin your vacation vibe. #GOODVIBESONLY

So, if you’ve been planning the trip of your dreams, or just a weekend celebration like a graduation, a wedding, the in-laws 50th wedding anniversary (sorry) – then the best way to ensure you will enjoy every minute of your trip is to know what to put in your suitcase without even blinking an eye, or scrambling for last-minute outfits. #FASHIONCRIME


Holly has curated a perfect Pinterest Board with easy-to-find and pack travel wardrobe examples. She also has a FREE Travel Wardrobe Checklist – available only to our podcast listeners and newsletter subscribers.


If you are going away on a lovely vacation, or just taking a long weekend for an important life event, you need stuff to wear for multiple occasions.  Even just a ‘beach trip” requires specific outfits and multiple items – from shoes and jewelry to casual and formal wear. Do not kid yourself that all you need is a bathing suit. #BadPlan 

  • Pick your suitcase. Holly does not advise the “carry-on bag” plan. Grown-up people need multiple outfits, shoes, accessories, and toiletries when they travel. If you are going somewhere where you need to “show up,” do not plan on re-wearing outfits or wearing clothing that has been stuffed into a carry-on. #NotOK #YouWillCheckABag

  • Don’t forget about your carry-on bag: critical for personal travel items you will always need access to during travel. Laptop, headphones, medicine, etc.

  • Once you know your event, your location, your travel schedule, and the weather forecast of the places you will be visiting, start planning your outfits: daytime, evening wear, sleeping clothes, swimming, activities and traveling. That’s a lot of outfits. Too much for a carry-on. #sorrynotsorry


Start in your closet and think logically – from your drawers for the little things all the way up to long dresses hanging in your closet, Holly has a methodical process that works every time!

Travel items: 

  • Headphones, book, jacket or wrap, sunglasses, medicines, jewelry, makeup, your computer and device chargers. 


  • Underclothes

  • Sleepwear

  • Socks

  • Shapewear

  • Workout clothes

  • Swimwear, coverups, hats, sunscreen

  • Makeup, perfume, toiletries



  • Shorts

  • T-shirts

  • Jeans and pants

  • Sweaters

  • Bodysuits

  • Jackets

  • Casual shoes and accessories



  • Dresses or evening wear

  • Slacks and pants

  • Jacket, wrap or coat

  • Jewelry, evening accessories

  • Evening shoes

You CAN pack without stress, without panic buying, without over-packing, AND without forgetting one single item once you learn Holly’s magical trick to vacation packing.

Be sure to listen to this week’s episode – we can’t give away all the secret sauce here! Plus, it always sounds like so much more fun coming directly from Holly! #FACTS

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