• 5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

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When I am traveling, I always try to dress how I would when I’m “home”, not that I know where home even is! But, I try to dress normal and not like a backpacker, traveler, or tourist. I find that there are 5 simple things that I wore on all my recent trips: Ohio, Toronto, London, Vienna, Goa, and even NE India.

5 things I always pack when I travel

1. Black Leather Jacket.

I have the most amazing leather jacket I bought from a Victorias Secret catalogue about 5 or 6 years ago. It was about $150 bucks and has lasted so long. I take it on every trip. Goa gets cold at night and it’s perfect here and looks very put together but hip when in Europe or anywhere! Leather is actually really warm and I was happy to have it in College walking to class in the snow.

5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

2. Black Leather Ankle Boots.

These looks cute with basically everything from dresses, to jeans shorts! I wear them with skinny jeans in the cold and on my last trip wore them every single day. Mine are from Lucky Brand but there are lots of cute ones. When I was at Macy’s I had a hard time choosing. I love the ones that have a more thin, destroyed looking leather.

5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

3. Flowy, Loose Dress.

I take a flowy dress on every trip. I love the fit of a loose dress; it’s so perfect for when you’re having a “fat day” but lots of them now are still short and sexy! They go well with the ankle boots and leather jacket at night, or with just flip flops to dress it down.

5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

4. Black Skinny Jeans.

These ones from Top Shop are a godsend. They fit perfectly and I love the high-waist. I wear these constantly and they are so thin like leggings I can wear them even in kind of warm weather. They’re also super affordable.

5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

5. High-Waisted Jean Shorts

I wear jeans shorts most days in Goa and pair it with a crop top. I love tying a long-sleeve shirt around my waist because you know, the 90’s are in, and it covers your stomach when you don’t want to show it. I got mine for $5, no joke! It was the Urban Outfitters sale rack in Oahu on the Waikiki strip. I have a few pairs and most are from Urban. They do good recycled Levi’s but they don’t last a really long time so if you see them that cheap, buy two.

5 Things I Always Pack When I Journey

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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Sophie Singh November 19, 2015 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Hey Rachel
    You wrote well in your post. I think every girl thinks about their accessories and cloths while she’s travelled.

  2. Zascha November 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    I have noticed the black leather jacket you often wear – I really like it. It’s going on my Christmas wish list! :) And the boots!

    • Rachel Jones November 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks! The boots are amazing too, I wear them every night in Goa when I go out!

  3. Kate November 23, 2015 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Great list! You definitely have me thinking about what I need to bring/get for my upcoming trip to Germany!

  4. Anvi Gupta December 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    This post got me thinking. I have some of the things mentioned, but I really need to pick up a good leather jacket and boots of course. I am planning a trip to Ladakh this year and I will definitely pack these things!

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