“Good shoes take you to good places”
Appropriate shoes are essential when traveling. Different destinations require different types of shoes. Whenever I pack, I always question which type of shoes I should take with me. This is because, as you may already know, packing too many shoes is a waste of luggage space. While packing too few will make your travels more painful…. Ouch.
The one rule I try to stick to is; no more than 3 pairs of shoes. One, I wear on the plane. The other two in my luggage.
In order to only bring the needed shoes you need to know what you are going to do abroad and the typical climate of your destination. If you’re going to Cuba in summer, you’re gonna need different shoes than if you were going to London in winter.
So, here is the rundown of the main type of shoes you MAY need and for which type of traveling:
If you are going on a hiking trip or you plan to have a hike when abroad, you should definitely pack with you hiking shoes. These are really a must, otherwise you risk getting injured. Good quality hiking shoes can be found at most sports stores.
Traveling should not halt your fitness routine so if you jog or run, you should pack running shoes with you. Try to find running shoes which are also good for walking. This way you can be comfortable even during long sight-seeing walks. Good quality running shoes can be found at Puma. Or for a budget alternative, try Sportsdirect.
If you’re going somewhere with a hot climate, flip-flops or sandals are a need. Especially so, if you’re going to the beach. The best advantage these have, is that they take almost no space at all. For gorgeous looking sandals try Newlook. Or for a cheaper option try Sportsdirect.
High heels (Women only)
While traveling you can still look fabulous. Try choosing a comfortable pair of high heels you can wear during the day and at night. At Newlook you can find a variety of affordable options.
Foldable flats (Women only)
These are not part of the 3 pairs rule I mentioned earlier. This is because, these do not take any space at all. You can carry, actually, you SHOULD carry foldable flats in your purse. These come in handy when your shoes tire you, or could be used as normal flat shoes. You can find affordable foldable shoes at Amazon or Ebay.
Dress shoes (Men only)
Having a nice pair of shoes can be a night saver. You might want to go to a nice restaurant or a theater or anywhere else. So always pack a nice pair of shoes, just in case.
If you are going somewhere wet and/or cold, boots are the way to go. They are great at keeping you warm, and you get to wear your fluffy socks underneath! Fashion sites like ASOS have many types of boots you can choose from. Also, since boots take a lot of luggage space, try wearing them on the plane.
Choosing the right shoes to take with you abroad, is very important so that you can enjoy your journey comfortably, stylish and pain-free!
Bonus tips: You can pack your socks and underwear in your shoes to save space. Don’t forget to put them in a plastic bag first! Also, always wear you bulkiest shoes on the plane, to save more luggage space.
How do you usually decide how many pairs to take with you? And which are your essentials? Share with us in the comments!