I am sure you have come across the neverending problem of packing the right things for your vacation capsule wardrobe. Well, you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
In this post I have curated tips into an easy-to-follow and helpful guide on creating a stylish capsule wardrobe that can travel for any length of time to any destination.
Here, you’ll find out how key items, packing aids and a few accessories and short-cuts can make big fun out of a small bag on your next holiday, no matter how long or short your trip. So, check this out and learn how to unburden yourself from unnecessary luggage.
- Thumb Rules For Packing Light & Right!
- If you don’t love it, don’t pack it.
- Choose a color scheme.
- Wear the bulkier items on the plane.
- You need only one purse.
- Also you need only one jacket.
- Wear An Undershirt:
Wearing a thin t-shirt (or a tank top) beneath a garment on its first wear prolongs the outer garment’s number of days to be worn.
- Neutral Color Palette:
First choose a base color. It could be black, gray, blue, tan/khaki, green or brown. This base color will help you keep your wardrobe simple. Next, choose a highlight color. Pick a color you love or like a lot. Once you have an idea of your palette, pull out items from your closet that are easy to clean, dry quickly and are breathable.
Make sure your pieces can mix and mingle easily. Leave behind anything that doesn’t fit into the palette or cannot be used in more than one way.
[There is a weird pressure to appear good in photos on social media, and with that comes a reluctance to be seen in the same outfit more than once. Ignore that impulse! Wear what you are going to feel comfortable in, no matter how repetitive it is. That leads to a related point… Pack what you love wearing at home. If you find a particular piece to be restrictive at home, you won’t want to wear it elsewhere, either.]
- Get Clever With Packing:
Stash socks and underwear inside shoes to save room. Roll clothes instead of folding. Use packing cubes if you want.
- Divide Your Vacation Capsule By Activities:
First of all, think of what you are going to do there. For example, you can divide your activities into 3 categories: Beach, City-Casual, Evening.
- Beach category is for outfits to wear at breakfast or lunch and at the beach or pool. You can choose slip dresses, lightweight summer dresses or jumpsuits, shorts, skirts and tops that are easy to take off and put back on. 1 pair of flip-flops or slides and a beach bag would be enough.
- City-Casual outfits are for sightseeing, exploring the city, going to museums or casual dinners. This doesn’t mean that you should choose a casual style, it only means include something comfortable and easy to wear. Also you can include some casual sweater, hoodie, or a cardigan for a chilly day or evening. For these outfits, 1 pair of sandals or sneakers and a city bag will be enough.
- Evening category is something you would wear to a fancy restaurant or a party. The structure can be any you like, for example, dresses, tops and bottom. A pair of fancier sandals or high heels and a small purse is all you might want to include. Including a blazer or a cardigan for colder nights might be necessary as well.
[If your vacation is not at the beach, but in the city, you will only have 2 categories. Basically, Day and Night.]
- Get Some Laundry Detergent:
Depending on the length of the trip, realize that you’ll probably need to wash something at some point, but this is a small price to pay for bypassing enormous lineups. Pack a small ziplock of powdered detergent.
- Ladies, Carry a Pashmina Scarf:
Pashmina scarf– it’s incredibly versatile, can be used as a blanket or pillow on the plane, extra warmth for cold days, an accessory to dress up a basic outfit.
- Let There Be Layers:
For cooler to colder weather, look to layers. Merino wool and breathable materials like silk are perfect for base layering. Shorts may be swapped out for an extra pair of convertible pants or jeans. Mixing, matching and layering clothes are going to make packing easier.
In this category, include anything super packable that can create a new look entirely. This is where you include a well chosen scarf, a few pairs of earrings, a bracelet and two necklaces. Maybe you can rock a headband or a clip. Sunglasses. Anything that will give the appearance of a new you and is small goes in this section.
- Something For Your Feet:
Chic ballet flats easily dress up an outfit. They pack well. (Any flats are good in my book!) Treat your feet nicely. Heels are hard on feet and if you’re going to a place where the going is rough or has cobblestones, you’ll grow to hate your favorite heels.
For anything and everything else you can give your feet a lift with a strappy sandal. Though they are rather chunky, making pretty casual, they are excellent for hiking, rugged use or even rain.
Finally, have we covered everything? Well, probably yes. I know what you’re thinking: There’s no way. Try. I am trying to be more of a minimalist all-around.
Whether you are traveling to Indiana or India, packing light doesn’t have to be a struggle. Choose your favorite, easy to layer items in your favorite colors to build a functional, carefree wardrobe. Happy Trails and Happy World Tourism Day!!