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Choosing clothes for a trip can be tough. I blame all the unknowns… the weather, the activities, the mood you’ll be in, on and on. So we default to packing way more than we need “just in case,” and end up wearing only a fraction of it; which means more unnecessary crap we’ll be lugging around, and more laundry to deal with when the vacation is over.
Trust me, I speak from experience. During our first few years of RVing, James referred to me as the Queen of 15 Pairs of Shoes. To combat my tendency to overpack, I’ve actually come up with a system for choosing how many pieces of clothes I’ll take with me when we travel, and I’ve shared it in the video.
Also in the video, I share my entire wardrobe that I plan to take with me on a 10-day vacation, piece by piece. I’m a very proud brand ambassador for Aventura Clothing (James is an ambassador of their men’s line called “Ecōths”), and all the clothes I modeled are Aventura. Of course my packing system will work with ANY brand; I’m just partial to this one. Aventura is a small family-run company that’s passionate about the environment and uses organic and eco-friendly materials. Plus they’re very philanthropic, which means a lot to me. For every Ecōths garment purchased, a minimum of three meals is provided to someone in need. Aventura donates to survivors of domestic violence as well.
AND! I didn’t say this in the video because I wanted to save this for FitRV readers, but I have a limited number of DISCOUNT CODES for 60% off Aventura or Ecoths!
8/1/2017 UPDATE: I’ve run out of codes, so sorry!
So now here’s the list of clothes I modeled starting with the Valencia dress I was wearing:
Aventura really shines when it comes to dresses, and you can see this season’s entire collection HERE. Right now this one is my favorite, so a no-brainer choice for this trip.
My Road-trip Shirts:
Sheridan Plaid Long Sleeve Shirt: When I wore this the first time, James said this. “That is my most favorite shirt I’ve ever seen you wear.” I am not kidding you. He said that. He NEVER says anything about my clothes…nada! So, I pretty much instantly had a soft spot for this shirt. The one I have has a little purple in it and is called “high rise” on the Aventura website. I wish I owned it in every color. It is so light and extra soft…a great summer long-sleeve option.
Poet Tank: Have I mentioned how I try to pick pieces that tend to be more wrinkle-resistant? I don’t want to be wasting my time on the trip ironing, so my wardrobe better darn well be low maintenance. The poet tank most definitely meets that criteria. PLUS! The pattern on it is just so dang cute! Mine is the “high rise” color, but I’ve been coveting the “arabesque” color. If you get that one don’t tell me or I’ll be jealous.
Pilar Tank: Mine is in purple, but there are a bunch of colors available. It’s so stinking soft….probably since they blended modal with organic cotton. Hard to go wrong with that combo.
Novak Top: Even though the model below is wearing it in blue, mine is dark grey. They call it “black” on the Aventura website, though. Whatever you call it, I LOVE IT! This is the one in the video where I turn and show off the cute braid across the top of the neck. Again the softness is over the top. They took 75% modal and blended it with polyester and the end result is an appealingly understated shirt that doesn’t wrinkle and goes with any bottoms you’ve got.
Remi Tank: This was the flowy top I was wearing in white. It’s 100% organic cotton slub jersey… so the uber-soft kind of organic cotton. The crochet details make it such a sweet and romantic top. Bottom line: It makes me feel pretty.
My Road-trip Bottoms:
Tara Short: Here’s the “obligatory” pair of shorts I’m taking on the trip! I like the material and fit of these. They’re light, and like all Aventura bottoms the waist is never uncomfortable. They spend a ton of time planning their designs around comfort, and these are another stellar example of that.
Lennox Skirt: So many ways I love this skirt! Super light material, flowy and pretty, comfy waist…I’ve been wearing it a ton.
Titus Ankle Pant: Pants are a requirement even on a summer roadtrip. And that’s fine by me. These pants are made from the softest organic cotton with just a little titch of lycra thrown in for comfort and stretch. They’ve got interesting details and a flattering fit. I plan to get these in more colors, but right now just have this color:
Vita Skirt: This is my newest addition and I’ve never traveled with it before! It’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s actually quite sporty, with the contrasting stitching and the quick-drying material. It comes in a few different colors, but I kept it simple with black so I’d get more outfit options out of it.
SO! There you have it! A whole wardrobe for a typical summer RV roadtrip. The pieces all complement each other and are versatile enough to be worn in many different configurations. Hope you’ll check out the video and see for yourself!
Happy travels, all!
Really love your look and really have difficulty with packing! Would sure appreciate a code, I’ll use it for sure if you have one. Thanks!
Hi Trish! I sent you an email, hope you got it!
Thanks for all the great videos! You and James helped me decide to buy my Travato. If you get more codes would love to have one. Thanks!
I was able to get a few more codes, so I’m happy to pass one on to you. Congrats on your new Travato, Laurel! Hope you love it as much as we do ours! Check your email, code sent!
HEY EVERYONE! I’m currently out of codes. I’m trying to get more so if you wish you can still leave a comment requesting one and if I do get some I’ll email! xoxo Stef FitRV
Thanks for your videos and ideas. Love the TG…. a TG is my goal in 18 months. Until then I plan, plan, plan….. would love a code.
Hey, planning is a good thing! Following the Travato Group on FB, you’ll be a Travato pro before you even step foot in your rig! Check your email, code sent!
We really enjoy your website and videos. Been fans for a long time now! Thanks for the tips!
I would love a coupon code! Thanks!
Awww, Nancy, that’s so kind! And it makes me even happier I can share a code with you, ha! Check your email, just sent you a code! xoxo
Love the looks and would love the code. Trying to simplify my packing routine.
Code please!! Love the easy wear style
That’s a good way to describe it! Just sent you a code Melody!
I would like the code please
Done! Check email! 🙂
I would love the discount code! Thank you.
Just emailed you one! Happy shopping! xoxo
I would love a discount code for Aventura if it is still available. Meanwhile, keep up the quality video productions!
Hi Cheryl! Check your email, just sent a code! 🙂
Darling clothes! Easy! I would love a code
Just sent you one, Lisa! Thanks for swinging by our site!
I love how everything coordinates! And thanks for mentioning the feel which is super important to me plus the fact that things are not see through. I would love to have the code to check out their options. Love that you modeled for us because you get a better idea of how things look.
Yep it can be such a challenge buying online. Modeling and seeing how they move makes a huge difference! I sent you a code, let me know if you have any questions!
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing some cute outfit ideas that are good for traveling. While I love my t-shirts, I would also like some more feminine options. Would love the discount code. Thanks!
Just sent you a code, Erica! Here’s to hoping you find something you love at Aventura as much as your t-shirts! (cuz yeah, somedays t-shirts just rock…) xoxo
Love the idea of “underpacking” and mix and matching. Just back from 3 weeks in an RV and am now planning a two week trip to Nicaragua. Would love the code!
Oh wow two weeks in Nicaragua….amazing! Just sent a code! Have an incredible trip, Alice! xoxo
Thanks in advance for the coupon. I wish I’d had your packing list before we left on our 6 week west trip!! Brought lots of clothes back—–unworn Live and learn Janet
Oh trust me Janet, I’ve done that a time to two (hundred) myself! Just sent you a code!
Currently have a tank top addiction. I’d love to have the code!
As hot as it’s been this summer, I’m totally with you on the tank top addiction, sister! I just sent a code…now go score some great deals on tank tops!!! xoxo
Thank you & James for all of your posts! I find that my many shoes can be useful as shims during packing. am one of your quiet readers, but had to write & ask for the discount code.
HA! I got you out of hiding, Jennifer! Of course that was my master plan all along. Seriously, though…it’s great to hear from you. I just sent you a code so go check your email! xoxo
The men’s clothing looks great! Can you send me the code please?
Yeah the men’s line is awesome! Just sent you a code, Steve! xoxo
I’ve been admiring their products since you wrote about the new skirt. Please send me the code! Thanks!
LOL! Yeah that new skirt has been getting loads of use! Just sent you a code Andrea! Hope you’re having an amazing 4th of July! xoxo
Do the sizes run small or large? Thank you!
Karen, I find them pretty generous. I’m usually a size 4 anywhere else, but tend to be a size 2 with Aventura…EXCEPT that pair of Titus ankle pants I modeled above. For some reason that particular pair seems true to size (and I’m wearing the 4’s in the video!). Hope this helps!
Thank you and James for all of the videos! The clothes look terrific on you. Please send me the discount code for Adventura.
Awww, thanks so much, Karen! I just sent you a code! xoxo
Love your videos! Thank you so much for all the great info. I’ve been alternating between packing too many clothes and then the next time packing too few–what’s up with that? The timing of this introduction to Adventura is perfect. I did a major purge of my summer clothes just yesterday, so have lots of gaps to fill now. Would love to have the discount code if still available. Thanks so much!
LOL! Yep, clothes packing can be so frustrating! I just sent you a code, Kelli ! Happy shopping! xoxo
Hi Stef- please send me the code!
I just did, Jonnie! Thanks for stopping by The Fit RV! xoxo
We are in the process of downsizing from a class A to a class C (LTV Unity 😉 ) which is actually how I found out about TheFitRV.
Count me as one of the “overpackers” when it comes to clothing – I need to change that habit and what better to inspire that change than some new travel clothes 😉 The Aventura clothes look like they would be easy to hand wash and hang dry in the shower when on the road – have you done that on longer trips?
I would love a code if you still have one available.
How exciting, we LOVE the LTV Unity’s! Actually yes, we DO wash clothes on the road using our Scrubba bag, have you heard of those? We don’t RV without the Scrubba bag. No problems washing Aventura clothes on the road. I just sent you a code! Let me know if you have any troubles with it! And best of luck with your new rig! xoxo
Thanks Stef – I had not heard of the Scrubba bag. Off to Google it (and to see if you have a post on it)!
But of COURSE we have a vid on it, LOL! Anything that interests us, we tend to turn into videos. Here’s James’ laundry “torture test” using the Scrubba: https://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/does-scrubba-really-work-an-rv-laundry-torture-test/
I would love a code and the clothes look fantastic! Thanks for sharing your experiences!
Hi Kathy! I just sent you a code! So happy you stopped by our site! xoxo
I would like to have the code. Thanks for everything you and James do.
I just sent you a code, Sharon! Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo
Fantastic! I see some new running skirts in my future. Yes please, I would appreciate the code. Thank you for all your wisdom!
YAY! Just sent you a code, Karen! Hope you love whatever you decide to order! xoxo
Great video. I always over pack. May I please have a code. Also, where can I find your packing list for general RV items. We have a Roadtrek sprinter Thanks.
Hi Jan! How awesome you’re a fellow campervan traveler! I’m a couple days away from publishing my packing lists…they will definitely show up on our next mailing list (which comes out every Monday). If you don’t subscribe, just try back in a few days and search “packing lists” in the search box here on the FitRV site. Also, I just emailed you a code!
Interested in the code…thanks.
Apparel looks great and I like that it is eco-friendly.
Yeah, I agree the eco-friendly focus of this company is pretty awesome. I just emailed you a code, Seth!
Great video! May I suggest a ramp/catwalk for your next show? Was afraid you might twist an ankle with all the jumping out of Lance. Any chance we’ll see James model a romper? Just kidding! Thanks again 🙂
Next time we’ll make a runway with 5 or 6 campground picnic tables! I even have a disco ball and colored lights!!!
LOL! I love that idea, Michael! An RV catwalk ramp!!! James, next year we’re totally re-making this video and doing that. HA!
I would love to have a code…thank you!
I just emailed you one, Joanne! Let me know if you don’t see it. 🙂
I was researching RVs and came across your videos – they are great! Love all the info you guys share with us.Two vacations this summer so I will be using your packing advice. I pack way too much…just in case. If the code is still available, may I have it please?
Hi Karen! I hope your 2 trips will be incredible!!! Happy to share a code with you. I just emailed you so check your inbox! xoxo
While in the process of looking for an RV we stumbled upon your videos on YouTube. We’ve had a blast watching and learning from you. Please send a discount code for Adventura and after checking out their website – I’m very excited to try their clothing.
Hi Reg! I’m so glad you found us on YouTube! I’m even more flattered you took the time to stop by the website! I just sent you a code…let me know if you have any questions! xoxo
I would like to have a code. The clothes look like they are nicely made. Thanks Stephanie
Yeah, you’ll love the Ecoths stuff. Pretty much everything you see James wear is Ecoths these days (besides his logo t-shirts, ugh). He’s not a big “fashion” guy…but he’s super-picky about fit, feel, and comfort. It’s hard to beat Ecoths for that. I just sent you a code! xoxo
Thanks for all the tips! My husband was laughing a bit at my packing guide based off of yours BUT, once I showed him all the tips from your other half he was totally hooked and hogged my computer to read the blogs! Would love a code if you still can give that out!
LOL MaryBeth! That’s so great! Glad he had fun poking around the site. I just emailed you a code, and I hope you get something you end up loving for years and years to come!!! xoxo
Thanks for such a fun post! All those outfits are so cute and look so comfortable. I’d love the Aventura code. Thanks!
Glad you liked the post, Jamie! Yep, I’m at a point in my life where comfort is a huge priority. I’m so proud of Aventura for their focus on keeping us active gals comfy AND cute! Just sent you a code! xoxo
Thanks Stef! I’m impressed with your packing list of clothes. You’ve definitely got it down. After lugging a couple of suitcases on and off trains in Europe, I learned my lesson that less is more -never again :-).
I’d like to try the skirts. Please send a discount code.
We are not RVers yet but have been scouting them this year. Thx for your website – very educational and quite a range of topics, from poet tanks to casette toilets! :-). We appreciate your experience, adventurous spirit, and impact! Well done!!!!
Awww, what a nice comment, Carolyn, thank you so much! I’m excited to hear you’re in scouting-mode…so fun! I just emailed you a code, hope you get something AWESOME! xoxo
Thank you so much for the detailed post! The video was so helpful as we’re the notes and links. This is exactly what I needed! I get overwhelmed when packing to travel and always take too much which weighs me down. Now I feel ready to shop and travel! Thank you!
You’re so welcome, Cathryn! I’m going to email you a code shortly, so let me know if you don’t get it by end of today! xoxo
Such a helpful video! Thank you Stef! I’d love a discount code too please!
Thanks Melissa! Just sent you an email with a code…WOOT WOOT! 🙂
Hi Stef, GREAT video!!! Your modeling skills are super!!!! I would like a discount code please! Do the clothes run true to size or larger? Sometimes I am a S and other times an XS. Thank you!
How wonderful, Maggie! Just sent you an email with a code! Great question about sizing. I find their sizes very generous, so I’d guess you’d want to choose XS if you’re between sizes. The 2 skirts I modeled in the vid were smalls, the shorts were size 2, the pants were size 4. The dress was a small. I’m normally a 2 in any Aventura pants (and a 4 in other brands), but for some reason I needed bigger in the Titus pants (too many RV rally potlucks?!?!)! All the shirts were size small except the white flowy one. I went medium in that because that’s all they had in white, and I wanted it badly. It fits a little big in medium but I think it still works since it’s a flowy style anyways! Hope this helps! xoxo
Joe wants to know if James is going to do a video on what he packs? Lol, I think Joe got excited with my clothes!
Ha! Tell Joe I already tried getting James to make a Clothes-Packing-For-Men video. I’m sure you can imagine how well that suggestion went over. 😉
I’m interested in the discount code. Thank you
Just sent you an email with a code! 🙂
I’d love the discount code, please! I’m interested in the skirts and that flannel shirt – I haven’t ever seen a flannel shirt I was really interested in, but the back on that one looks different… Hm… 🙂
I’m assuming these are pretty rugged clothes. How old is your oldest piece, do ya know?
I’m the exact same about flannel shirts! I’ve never been a flannel-shirt type girl myself until Aventura. They do something so feminine with them, and just wait till you actually feel how light and soft the material is! I JUST sent you a code! My oldest piece is 2 years old, and I haven’t had any trouble with the quality. Just Wednesday I wore the Arden capris I got 2 years ago on a mountain hike! I’ve got them in a turquoise color and I just love them.
I’m interested in the code for Aventura and Ecoths. Thanks for sharing your system for clothes packing.
Yay! I just emailed you a code! Happy (and fashionable) travels!!! xoxo
Care to share your checklist? I didn’t find it on the site? Or maybe another blog post?
What an excellent idea!!! They’re not on the website yet, but give me a few days and I’m on it!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ thank you for always educating us on the road
Glad you found it useful! Happy to send a code, just let me know! xoxo
I am interested in the Aventura discount code. Thanks to you and James for always providing great and entertaining content.
YAY!!! Just sent you an email with a code, Rosalind! xoxo
Going to Colorado Springs 12 day what should I pack any ideas would help leaving the end of July. Thanks
How wonderful! For 12 days, I’d probably add one more dress to my 4:5:1 plan, so it’d be a 4:5:2 plan! Hope you have a great trip! Let me know if you need a discount code! xoxo
But what do you wear when you’re on the arm of that dapper man in a tux?
VERY big sunglasses and brimmed hat to hide the fact I’m with the crazy guy sitting by his campfire in a tux…
Thanks for the code!
WOOT! I just emailed you Amy, let me know if you didn’t get it! xoxo
I would love a discount code! My sheets are modal and so soft and I need some shorts!!
Email sent, Sarah! I bet those sheets are AMAZING!!!
Great tips for clothes packing. After 30+ years of RVing we still bring way too many clothes! It’s more important to bring what we WILL wear rather than what we MIGHT wear. We will keep working on that!
Andy & Kim
Yeah, it’s a challenge for sure. I’ve found that having less options on the road is pretty freeing actually. I spend less time choosing, you know??? Let me know if you’d like a code! Happy to send one if so! xoxo
But what about the shoes! How many pairs of shoes do you take?
She’s down to just 14!!
LOL! For daywear a pair of flip flops and a pair of slides. I also have one pair of athletic shoes, one pair of biking shoes, one pair of hikers, and two cycling shoes (mountain biking and road cycling). That’s 7 pairs, YIKES! At least I’ve cut back from my days of 15…LOL!!! Sandy, let me know if you want a code! I wasn’t sure…happy to send if you’d like! xoxo