The 6-Piece French-Girl Road Trip Packing List

When she’s not working as a journalist and social influencer, It girl Sabina Socol also shares her fashion expertise in our French Girl column. Come back each month for her perspective on Parisian style.


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Taking a road trip around L.A. has been a dream of mine for ages. I always believed that experiencing this cinematic environment with my own senses had to be a true novelty, and I was right. It’s probably the same feeling Americans have when they first visit Paris. It’s one thing to have seen images of it, and it’s a whole other thing to live it. It might sound silly, but it’s something I’ve always been drawn to when it comes to travel. Soaking up every moment of any trip is a must for me, as I want to take advantage of every chance I have to understand the world I live in. Needless to say, I take packing for these sort of trips very seriously (just like I do the road trip playlist). So let’s dig into my six packing essentials for a California road trip!

Pack your favorite slip dresses.

You should always pack several slip dresses for a sunny destination. As indicated by their name, they’re just so easy to slip on and wear from day to night. Just wear them with your favorite pair of mules or sandals, and throw a cardigan on when it gets chilly. It’s just a super-easy look that's still effortlessly chic (and French).


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Accessories are key.

These are some of the go-to accessories that I bring if I travel anywhere.


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Sabina Socol

Who’s your style icon?
I don’t have just one. I’m a sponge when in comes to style icons and get inspired by my entourage, the girls I follow on Instagram, famous actresses like Catherine Deneuve.

What are your 5 favorite people to follow on Instagram?
Alexandra Spencer @4thandbleeker for her amazing taste and style, and her brand @realisationpar, for the clothes of course and the cool art direction. @leandramedine and @pandorasykes, I just love their input on fashion and their sense of humor. And @c__l__o for inspiration and their beautifully curated selection of images.

What’s the fashion essential you can’t live without?
A pair of high waisted blue jeans.

What’s your desert island album?