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What to Wear (and How to Pack) for Your Next Road Trip

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With all of the holidays and vacations going on this time of year, many people are road tripping around the country.

Although it can certainly be tempting to just throw on a pair of pajamas and coast through the next five or 10 hours in the car, there’s a way to still be comfy but not look like a total slob. Save yourself some embarrassment when you stop to eat dinner or arrive at your in-laws.

Before we delve into what you should wear to look chic (while still comfy!) on the road, we rounded up three tips to make packing a breeze.

Packing Tips:

1. Lay your clothes flat in your suitcase

Rolling them up or folding them can leave creases or create wrinkles. Instead, lay each piece flat on top of one another, unfolded (or just sleeves folded in, if necessary) to keep them as unwrinkled as possible.

2. Stuff your shoes with socks

This will keep them from getting squashed and deformed in your packed suitcase.

3. Feed the chains of your necklaces through drinking straws

This is a great way to keep your jewelry from getting tangled!

After you’re all packed, it’s time to figure out what you’re going to wear on your 5+ hour car ride. We rounded up both outfit ideas as well as hairstyles that will have you road tripping in style without sacrificing your comfort.

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Oversized sweaters 2 of 11
Traveling comfortably is number one for me, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Try an oversized cardigan to keep you warm. (Bonus: they double as a blanket!) Pair with some leggings and you're basically in pajamas, but don't look like a slob!

Get this gray sweater from She Inside, $23

Get this aztec sweater from She Inside, $22.23
Flats or boots 3 of 11
When I'm traveling for the holidays, of course I need a pair of heels for church or parties while I'm on vacation, but for riding in the car, go for shoes with ties like oxfords or Converses. Flats and ankle boots work great, too.

If you insist on wearing sandals, go for a pair with an ankle strap rather than flip flops so they don't flop off your feet while you're driving and create a safety hazard.

Get similar black heels from Steve Madden, $99.95

Get similar burgundy oxfords from Mod Deals, $12.99

Get these Converses from Shoe Buy, $49.95

Get similar orange flats from Lord & Taylor, $52.99

Get similar sandals from Steve Madden, $59.95

Get similar tan booties from Forever 21, $34.90
Chunky bracelets and studs 4 of 11
Jewelry is important for me, and if you want to wear a bracelet while you're driving, go for a chunky elastic or clasp one that won't get in the way while you drive.

As for earrings, go for studs rather than dangly ones for the same reason. And, of course, don't forget your watch.

Get similar blue bauble bracelet from eBay, $14.99

Get similar black bracelet from In Pink, $15.20

Get similar gold cuff from Fantasy Jewelry Box, $39.95

Get similar earrings from Macy's, $18.37

Get similar watch from Lord & Taylor, $175
Smaller necklaces and sunglasses 5 of 11
When you're driving, go for smaller necklaces that can easily tuck into your top and don't get in the way.

And don't forget your sunglasses! They're an easy way to cover up any sleepy eyes (if you're the passenger and slept the whole way), protect your eyes from any glare on the roads, and, of course, channel Audrey Hepburn.

Get this initial necklace from Favery, $75

Get similar bunting necklace from Forever 21, $3.90

Get similar stud necklace from Forever 21, $3.90

Get this rhinestone bar necklace from In Pink, $16

Get these sunglasses from Ray-Ban, $115

Get similar sunglasses from Target, $19.99
Now you're ready to hit the road! 6 of 11
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The low ponytail 8 of 11
If you're sitting in the car all day, a regular ponytail is going to bump against your seat when you rest your head back. Instead, opt for a high or low ponytail to keep your hair out of your face, but still cute.
The side braid 9 of 11
A braid is always a top choice for me when riding in the car because it's easy, comfortable to sleep on, and can easily be redone without a mirror.
The half-up, half-down style 10 of 11
If you do want to wear your hair down, use a pretty clip to rock a half-up, half-down style that will keep your hair out of your face.

Get a similar clip from Forever 21, $2.90
The messy bun 11 of 11
Keep your hair out of your face and eyes during your road trip with the messy bun. You could do a sock bun, too, but messy buns already look messy, so you don't have to worry about a little extra mess from sitting in the car all day.
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