Courtesy of J.Crew
Lydia Mansel
December 07, 2017

I’ve never been a light packer. When I’m traveling, I need to be prepared for all situations, all temperatures, all unforeseen clothing emergencies.

I also need to be comfortable and confident. Jeans or sweatpants on an airplane? Never. My flight uniform consists of leggings, loafers, and a layerable sweater.

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This level of packing anxiety paired with fashion conscientiousness, however, results in an extra baggage fee 99 percent of the time. It’s even worse when I’m traveling to a destination with temperatures below 60 degrees.

I thought overstuffed bags would always be a part of my travel aesthetic… until I found the shirt that forever fixed my winter weather packing problems.

Meet the Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt from J.Crew.

Coming in eight different colors and at a price of just under $30, this wardrobe staple was literally the only shirt I packed on my latest trip: a four-day journey across Ireland.

Ireland is known for being chilly and wet, especially in the month of November. During the four days on the Emerald Isle, my plans included walking, touring, hiking, eating, and drinking in as many Irish pubs as possible. But since my budget airline ticket didn’t allow the excessive packing of clothes I’d never end up wearing, I had to pack smart (something that would’ve been out of the question before I found the world’s most versatile shirt).

Four days, four J.Crew turtlenecks (in black, cabernet, burnished moss, and hthr flannel), and approximately 400 potatoes later, I knew I had uncovered something special.

The Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt is the ultimate travel wardrobe staple: It’s made of cotton (comfortable and washable); it’s exactly the right thickness (warm, but the perfect layering piece); it’s a reasonable price (you wouldn’t grieve if you left it in an Airbnb); and it’ll take you from a full Irish breakfast to a tour of Trinity College to drinks and dancing in Temple Bar (all without changing a single time).

So before you stress pack and exceed the baggage weight limit, again, during your winter travels, pick up J.Crew’s Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt. Jam-packed suitcases will soon become a thing of the past.

To buy: jcrew.com; $29.50

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