I've Already Flown to NYC, L.A., and London This Year—Here's What I Packed

We're barely over two months into 2019, and I feel like I've already flown around the world. Well, not quite, but I have clocked plenty of hours at airports this year. With a press trip in London in January, a few days in NYC in February for NYFW (I work remotely from North Carolina), and a vacation to wine country and Los Angeles in March, I feel I've spent hours packing and unpacking over the past couple of months. I absolutely hate packing, but the upside is that there have been plenty of reasons to shop for (and re-wear old favorites) for my travels. 

I'm not necessarily proud of it, but I'm definitely a person who feels the need to do a semi-overhaul of their wardrobe (i.e., add to it) whenever I'm preparing for a trip. They say it's actually a mistake to pack new pieces when traveling, and I certainly see the logic in that, but I love having a few new things to wear on trips. 

The dress codes in London, NYC, and L.A. are quite different, so there wasn't a ton of crossover among what I packed for these trips (but the weather was actually pretty similar, aside from the one-day ice storm in NYC). These varying dress codes made packing more difficult, but at least they made this story more fun.

Keep scrolling to shop some of the best pieces I packed for my recent travels to London, NYC, and L.A.

LONDON

What to wear in London

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This coat is surprisingly warm, and it truly goes with everything.

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The perfect dress for late winter and early spring.

What to pack for London

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This scarf doubles as a blanket for the plane (great for long-haul flights), and it comes in so many pretty colors.

Loose jeans outfit

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Truly the best loose jeans I've found if you're on the petite side.

The fit of this sweatshirt is much more polished than sloppy.

I don't wear a lot of skinny jeans, but I'm so glad I made an exception for these.

Padded headbands are definitely a trend piece, but the color and material of this one feel classic.

Simply the best black tights on the market, hands down.

NYC

I got so many compliments on this striking Staud jacket.

Aritzia has the best basics.

These look so much more expensive than they are (which is why I bought them without hesitation).

Best puffer jacket

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The attached scarf on this made it feel so special.

I expect to pack this bodysuit for many trips to come.

This bag isn't exactly functional (it barely fits a MetroCard), but it sure is cute.

I always throw in an extra pair or two of versatile straight-leg jeans.

Gucci barrette

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This is another thing that I got lots of compliments on, for obvious reasons.

L.A.

Cream outfit idea

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This is my new favorite T-shirt, which I plan on wearing for a very long time.

These are quickly selling out, so be sure and join the waitlist ASAP if your size is gone.

What to wear wine tasting

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Another one of my favorite T-shirts on the planet. (Just take my advice and size up.)

By Far handbag

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The croc version is sold out, but this new iteration is great too.

What to pack for Los Angeles

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I haven't had these for long but I've already lost count of how many times I've worn them.

The most flattering denim jacket on the planet, in my opinion.

Something about California just makes me want to wear Dôen.

The perfect dress for a fun dinner out in L.A.

I've started swapping my snake ankle boots out for these (because spring). 

I'm definitely a passenger on the tie-dye train.

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