I was recently on a family vacation cruising to Costa Maya and Belize. Now, I am not sure how many of you have ever cruised before, but if you have- you know how small the rooms can be. Even the cruise staff crack jokes about it, and with 4 of us to a cabin, plus all our luggage and its contents, you can only imagine the tight fit.
Funny thing is, on this particular ship the bathrooms were quite spacious! My point of all this is it got me thinking that although travel is fun and relaxing, packing and what to wear can be a real source of frustration. We all want comfort and function in our travel clothes, but still be fashionable, or at least look halfway decent in all those vacation photos. So, unless you travel Downton Abbey style, butler included, you are schlepping and packing your luggage yourself.
One of the best ways to save space, lighten your luggage load, and still look great is by capsuling your wardrobe. Creating clothing capsules is a clever and easy way to travel with fashion versatility. Once you get the idea of how capsules work, you’ll be able to plan your style and function around them and give yourself tons of options. Best of all, you’ll save space in your luggage for all the shopping you will do on your trip!
A capsule is a group of 5-12 pieces that work in combination with each other.
If your travel wardrobe is too cluttered, cleverly use the formula below to help pair it down, which will also make deciding what to wear so much easier.
This gives you plenty of time to create your wardrobe and map out when you might be wearing each outfit. I personally will jot down each outfit for each day or activity. This is key to not overpack. Look at your itinerary and plan accordingly.
We love the Pack This! Pad, from Knock Knock, $7, to be able to visualize your needs easily.
It packs lightly, can keep you warm especially if you layer, and it doubles as a modesty piece that you can wear to cover your shoulders when visiting cultural churches, temples or other sacred places.
This way you can leave your larger bag in the hotel and only carry the bare minimum out and about for the day. The smaller crossbody can double for your wallet in the larger tote.
But they can take up a lot of space in your luggage – and comfort is a must! I opt for shades of neutral, specifically nude, so they go with everything, or you can do a pop of color if you are keeping your outfits neutral. For you heel loving ladies like me, the best bet is a wedge, they can easily pair with dresses, shorts or pants. Nude Walking Wedge and Gladiator Wedge are two great choices. If flats are more your style, then look for something that can easily transition from all day to dresses for evening dinner. This pointy toe Rothy flat makes a great choice, and with so many colors and space-saving style you can easily fit a few pairs in.
Items you would wear at home. I love to find shawls and pashminas traveling as a useful memento of my trip or a unique piece of jewelry – saves space in my luggage on the way there, it is an easy keepsake to bring home, and it is something you can wear back home to remember your trip.
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