Who doesn’t want to look stylish while traveling? The problem, however, is that it can be a bit of a challenge as by doing this, we may need to compromise comfort to some extent. When thinking about backpacking, the first thing that may come up in our mind are loose pants, trekking shoes, bulky backpacks, and comfortable shirts – but it doesn’t have to be this plain. There are simple ways to balance comfort and fashion. Below are some simple but helpful tips you can follow to keep yourself looking stylish without sacrificing comfort.

Simple Ways to Look Stylish and Fabulous While Backpacking

Tip #1: Buy a passport holder

What’s the point of putting so much effort on your outfit, only to dredge up a creased passport when you reach the airport? A passport holder will not only protect the most important document you have for your travel, but it’ll also keep you looking classy.

Tip #2: Carry the right bag

The bag you bring on your travel can make or break you overall look. Nothing can ruin your outfit like a scruffy bag. Fortunately, with the selection of bags available today, you no longer have to compromise appearance over comfort. Some girls don’t like wearing a backpack while traveling because they feel like it doesn’t go well with dresses. Luckily, there are many styles of bags available today that give a solution to this problem – such as the backpack trolley, which is a hybrid of a backpack and a luggage trolley. Now, you don’t have to walk around the airport with a big bulky backpack on your back the whole time!

Simple Ways to Look Stylish and Fabulous While Backpacking

Tip #3: Use hotel shampoo.

Not only will using the shampoo at the hotel will save you money and space in your bag, but the cheap shampoos given away by hotels for free are also actually good for your hair. Most of them have foaming ingredients that can dry off oily hair caused by cold weather and humidity.

Tip #4: Wear flats.

Unless you’re really used to wearing them, walking around an airport with high heels can make you feel and look exhausted. That’s why it’s easier to wear flats. High heels may look elegant, but they aren’t ideal for traveling, and on top of that, finding a good-looking pair of flats these days is not really challenging.

Tip #5: Know how to play with the layers.

Depending on the season you choose to travel, you may have to gear up the warmer clothing a notch, but the most important thing is to know how to layer. The crucial ingredient for making layers work is a versatile jacket. My personal favorite was my denim jacket. It has been extremely useful during my trips, especially during my trip to Europe where weather can be very unpredictable.

Simple Ways to Look Stylish and Fabulous While Backpacking

Must-Have Items to Improve Your Look While Traveling

Of course, to really enhance your style whilst traveling, the items of clothing you wear will play a big part. With the help of these pieces, looking good on the road will no longer be a problem for you.


Leggings are not only extremely comfortable; they are also very versatile and go with any top you want. You can simply wear black leggings under a comfy dress and add a cardigan if the weather gets colder. You can also wear them with any color of shirt, a hooded jacket, and some beautiful, comfy shoes to complete the look.


Since I realized how a hat could improve my look, I never go on a trip without one! If you’re not a hat fan, give one a try; you’ll be surprised at how it can give a simple outfit a sophisticated, refined look. In addition to that, a hat can also protect your skin and hair from damaging UV rays, especially during the summer season. It’s not hard to find a quality hat for an affordable price, and you don’t have to break a bank to get the one that is perfect for you.

Simple Ways to Look Stylish and Fabulous While Backpacking


This is another travel must-have every traveler who wants to keep in style should consider packing with them. Sarongs are very useful when traveling due to their multifunctional features. You can use them as a scarf or an instant blanket on the airplane – no need to carry bulky, plan travel blankets with you. You can use them as a shawl or even cover for when you are at the beach. There are a lot of different ways to use/wear a sarong, giving you the ability to make different looks with the same piece over the course of the trip.


I’m pretty sure you’ve seen pictures of celebrities walking at the airport or getting off a plane, and there’s one thing they have in common: they are wearing sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses can take you a long way. They are useful accessories to hide your weary eyes and at the same time, keep you looking fantastic even when you just got off 20 hours of plane ride and are trying to deal with jetlag.

Simple Ways to Look Stylish and Fabulous While Backpacking

No matter what the reason is for your travels, you’re going to want to have to add some style on it. As you can see, the tips mentioned above don’t require a lot of effort; as long as you know what to do and know how to pack for your trip, traveling in style will be a piece of cake!

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Simple Ways to Look Stylish and Fabulous While Backpacking

This is a guest post by Alice Ross.

Alice is a travel blogger, world adventurer, and life lover. Traveling the world at slow phase to immerse herself into what this wonderful world has to offer. Join her in her daily adventures at Fortravelista.com  or on Twitter and learn tricks and tips for a cheaper, less hassle travel journey.