Travel packing: The capsule wardrobe

Basic Travel Capsule

by Travelasdesired

I have been investing heavily over the last few months into capsule wardrobes. I love everything about them. I love their functionality, their simplicity, and their packability. They have made my life so much easier and they can do the same for you. When it comes to packing, having a capsule wardrobe helps you to pack minimally while creating versatility with what you\’ve packed.

Start with the base

It\’s quite simple. You start with a base color. For most of us, it\’s black or white. Something neutral. When I travel I tend to pack a lot of black. It\’s easy to keep clean, it doesn\’t show wrinkles, and if you happen to spill something on yourself it\’s hard to notice if it stained.

Pick a Color, any color

Next, you want to pick your \”highlight\” color. That accent color that you find yourself gravitating to. For me, it\’s almost always a deep purple, any variation of blue, or a blush. It really depends on the season. It\’s important to make sure that all the colors you choose to go together. Otherwise, you may have one shirt that you can\’t wear with anything taking up space in your closet.

Choose your favorites, create a uniform

In grade school, I wore a uniform. It was simple, you knew exactly what you were wearing every day. Then I went to public high school. The hardest part was deciding what to wear! I yearned for the days when I could wear a uniform again. Think of your capsule as your uniform. It allows you to rotate all your favorite clothes together into a style that becomes your uniform. Before you know it you\’ll have a closet full of go-to outfits. When traveling this is particularly helpful because you don\’t have to waste time figuring out what to wear. Everything goes with everything!

There\’s always a formula

For all of you math geniuses out there, I use a packing formula for trips that are a week and longer that has yet to steer me wrong. Here\’s what mine looks like.

4 tops = they are your base, t-shirts, long sleeves, tanks. (5 for trips over a week)

3 layers = this is typically 1-2 sweaters and a jacket. (One sweater I wear on the plane)

2 pants = no matter how long you\’re going for you should not need more than 2 pairs! I traveled in Europe for 1 month in several climates and I only packed 2 pants, I didn\’t need any others. (Also, one pair of pants I wear on the plane).

2 dresses (or one dress, one skirt) = or one depending on where you\’re going, when you\’re going and if they can be layered.

2 pairs of shoes = this does not include flip-flops, however, when I was touring for a month I only brought a pair of sneakers and a pair of flip-flops. I found that\’s all I needed.

4 accessories = typically this will include 2 scarves and 2 hats for me but this is also a category where you bring what you want. You don\’t want to overdo it but accessories can help increase your wardrobe.

Now when it comes to unmentionables use your own discretion. I cannot begin to tell someone how many pairs of underwear or socks they may think they need.

Extras: Work out gear and sleepwear

If you don\’t work out then you don\’t have to include work out gear. I like to move so I usually pack at least one set of work out gear that is quick dry so I can wash it after I wear it and it\’ll be ready for the next day.

The other thing that I didn\’t include was sleepwear. Make sure that your pajamas perform double duty. What I mean by that is if you have a travel day and you want something comfortable, your pajamas can substitute.

Make one outfit your plane/travel outfit

Make sure that once you have all of your clothes picked out that you\’re going to bring on the trip remove one outfit. The best way to keep the most room in your suitcase is to wear your bulkiest items on the plane. Those should be the items you pull from the capsule.

To wrap it up

The idea is to keep it simple and make sure that whatever you choose to bring matches each other piece. Are you thinking of minimizing what you bring traveling? Follow these rules and you\’re on your way to packing minimally. What are some of your tips? Let me know! Until next time.

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