There's something magical about heading out on a day trip. Whether it's something you've been planning for weeks or an impromptu getaway, hitting the open road for an adventure is one of the best ways to spend your free time. Day trips are special because they fulfill that sense of adventure and breaking your routine without the stressors that come along with planning with longer trips. And because they're special, wearing the right outfit for a day trip is key.
Your wardrobe choices for your day trip should be super fun, just like the day ahead, and should be functional and practical for all the activities you have planned. Since day trips often include long car rides or perhaps even other transit modes, comfort is also crucial. Read on for fun and functional outfit ideas that are sure to get you inspired to take your next memorable day trip!
When it comes to day trips, excursions to the shore, a water park, or a lake are some of the most fun. Regardless of the water activities you have planned, the best outfit for one of these day trips starts with a beach cover-up in a comfy and fuss-free material like cotton jersey. Since you want your outfit to be as memorable as the day itself, opt for a fun pattern like blue and turquoise tie-dye or citrus fruits. If your day trip will likely involve lots of time spent in the water, layer your cover-up over a swimsuit and bring a change of clothes, so you don’t have to travel home in a wet swimsuit.
The beach cover-up is perfect for a day like this since it’s functional for any water activities you’re enjoying. If you choose a cover-up that looks more like a dress or a romper, it will be cute and stylish enough to wear into a restaurant if you happen to stop at one on your way home. Simply complete this look with a wide-brimmed sun hat and strappy sandals for a truly perfect day.
Heading out for a day of hiking or simply walking around a new trail system is another excellent approach to planning a day trip. If your excursion involves a nature respite, you’ll want to wear something comfortable yet cute since there will likely be a ton of vistas for photo ops!
The best outfit for a hiking trip starts with a pair of comfy yet flattering leggings. Opt for a pair in a vibrant pattern like tie-dye or floral and pair them with a sports bra, a moisture-wicking t-shirt in a solid color that complements your patterned leggings, and bring along a crewneck cotton women's sweater if the weather report calls for an extra layer. Complete this look with your comfiest sneakers, and voila, you’re good to hit the trail for a magical day!
As a pro tip here, be sure to bring an extra pair of socks in your backpack or in your car to change into if you hit any water on the trail. Wet socks can lead to blisters, which will certainly put a damper on your fun day out.
If you’re looking to plan a day trip for you and your gal pals, nothing beats a visit to a local winery. If you don’t have any wineries in your area, or perhaps you prefer beer instead, you can try a brewery tour or a distillery tour. Of course, if you’ve got foodies in your crew, you could simply plan a food-centric day trip like a restaurant or food truck crawl.
For a girl’s trip like one of these, you’ll want to look your best while still feeling comfortable enough for an all-day event. Opt for a silky midi skirt in a trendy print like leopard spots. Pair this skirt with a fitted plain black or white tee and add a denim jacket layer. If the weather calls for it, you can add a scarf or a slightly heavier jacket, like a tan duster, to this look. Lace-up or slip into your cutest sneakers, add some subtle jewelry and get ready for your most memorable day trip yet.
With one of these outfits, you’ll be set to enjoy any day trip you plan in style. Where will the road take you next?