When you travel, does it seem like you overpack? Do you have to carry two big suitcases to hold everything? Before I started using a capsule wardrobe, I used to pack individual outfits in my suitcase and with an extra outfit just in case! When I would travel, I would pack so much, that my suitcase would hardly close. That all changed when I started utilizing a capsule wardrobe for my closet. My approach to getting dressed improved, including how I pack when I travel! Since my closet is more efficient now, packing for a vacation is so simple and quick.
I realized just how efficient I packed for a trip, when we went on a vacation last year for 6 days. I carried 4 tops, 3 bottoms and two pairs of shoes. My husband was amazed at how few clothes I packed. He asked, “Is that going to be enough clothes for the trip?” While we were on vacation, he said he was amazed at how my outfits looked so different everyday.
In this post, I’m going to share with you the secret to packing, so you will pack less, yet have many outfit possibilities.
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The secret to having many different outfits to wear is packing clothes with neutral, solid colors, with maybe 1 or 2 patterned tops. Colors like black (or navy), white or ivory and gray coordinate well together, so if you pack clothes with just those colors, you’ll be able to create many outfits. Because of all the neutral colors, the color tones coordinate well together, giving you many outfit possibilities!
If you will be traveling for more than a few days, you can wash several of the items to freshen them up while you are traveling. They can be washed, hung up to dry in your hotel room, and they’ll be dry and ready to wear the next day![clickToTweet tweet=”The secret to packing LESS clothes and wearing MANY outfits while Traveling + a FREE checklist!” quote=”Find out the secret to packing light and wearing many outfits while traveling + a free checklist!”]
For this packing guide, I included only 1 top with a stripe pattern. A striped top is one of the core closet essentials you need in your closet. It’s the most versatile, patterned item to have, because it goes with so many other clothes.
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striped top (short sleeve)
blue skinny jeans
black pants (or navy pants)
black skirt (or navy skirt)
black flats (or nude flats)
10 Outfit Ideas
Use these outfit combinations to know what to wear while you travel!
- striped top + blue skinny jeans + casual sneakers
- white tee + black pants + denim jacket + black flats
- gray tee + black skirt + denim jacket + black flats
- white popover + beige cardigan + blue skinny jeans + casual sneakers
- striped top + black skirt + denim jacket + black flats
- white tee + blue skinny jeans + beige cardigan + casual sneakers
- gray tee + black pants + black flats
- white popover + black skirt + black flats
- striped top + black pants + black flats
- white tee + black skirt + beige cardigan + black flats
When you pack the core closet essentials featured in this post and the items on the travel checklist below, you can fit everything in a carry-on and skip the luggage check-in line! Use small containers to pack your toiletries and pack just a few items you’ll need in zip-loc bags.
If you need more space to pack additional items, use a tote as your purse and pack them in there. You can always pack a small crossbody or clutch in your tote as well! Here are a few gorgeous luggage pieces you’ll like:
Travel Packing Checklist
Use the following checklist to help you pack for your trip. Use the “Notes” section to add additional items to your list or write your travel schedule.
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