Lydia Mansel

Lydia Mansel
Title: Freelance Writer
Education: College of William & Mary
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Expertise: Travel, Luxury Hotels, Style

Lydia Mansel is a freelance writer and the founder of Just Packed, a stylish traveler's resource for packing lists and product recommendations. She's written for numerous publications, including Brides, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Real Simple, Shape, The Spruce, and Garden & Gun.


  • 8+ years of professional writing and editing experience, primarily in the travel and e-commerce spaces.


Lydia has written about travel and style since 2013. Her work has been featured across a variety of publications, including Brides, Travel + Leisure, and The Spruce.

She started her career as a copy editor at Elite Daily, edited fashion news stories for Vogue, experienced the magazine world at Garden & Gun, and now works full time in content and branding. In 2021, Lydia founded the travel site Just Packed.


Lydia has a bachelor's degree in American Studies from the College of William & Mary.

About Shape

Shape is an award-winning digital fitness, wellness, and beauty destination that offers inclusive, trusted, and empowering expert-led guidance and advice for anyone at any point in their wellness journey. Our library of more than 11,000 stories reaches more than 7 million readers monthly who want to prioritize their health, have fun, and lead an active lifestyle while also cutting through the noise of quick fixes and unvetted fads.

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