For the female traveler, packing both lightly and effectively can be a challenge. Experts suggest that the best strategy is a careful selection of versatile items, all of which require little care and can mix and match easily. If you pack a dress that is dry-clean-only and would be appropriate for just one evening, you take up space that otherwise could hold several days' worth of clothes. Instead of that one dress, you can pack a nice skirt or two and tops to pair well with most, if not all, of the other items in your suitcase.
In general, comfortable clothes that layer well work best for the traveler, as do clothes that work for both dressy and casual situations. The same rule applies to shoes, as a few versatile pairs travel better than those that are outfit-specific. Accessories should be equally versatile: a simple scarf can conveniently add some variety to a wardrobe. Finally, choose a bag that you can easily carry full.