Look Great On The Go With a Travel Capsule Wardrobe

Inside:  Challenge:    Pack for a week of events in only a carry-on!  Challenge accepted with my new travel capsule wardrobe.  You can do it too!  Plus a bonus capsule wardrobe planner printable!

Travel Capsule Wardrobe


Travel…Oh, how I love you.

Packing, not so much.

Since I’ve just discovered the whole concept of a capsule wardrobe with my new spring capsule wardrobe, I decided to really put it through the paces and give it a try on a week-long trip back for my son’s graduation in North Carolina.

I’m happy to report that it was a resounding success and it will forever change the way I pack for trips!

Now I can’t wait for all the empty nest travel we’ll be able to do! Traveling the world with just a carry-on bag?   Never having to wait at the baggage carousel for your luggage?

What an amazing dream of an idea!

Challenge:  Pack for a week in only a Carry-on

The back story here:  my son was graduating, moving out of his college house and needed to bring all his stuff back to California.

To make things more complicated, my daughter just finished up her freshman year in Washington, moved out of her dorm and then flew directly to North Carolina for the graduation so she had to bring three bags of her stuff with her.

Can you say, additional baggage fees???  Flying two kids and all their stuff back home.  Yikes!

Thus, my need to pack all of my stuff in a carry-on so my kids could use my baggage allowance.

My Travel Capsule Wardrobe

What’s a capsule wardrobe?

Simply stated, it’s a minimal, interchangeable wardrobe with a limited number of pieces made up of clothes you actually love to wear.  I am by no means an expert, but I am loving the concept so far and I am working toward the goal of only buying and keeping clothes that I love, that work together and look great on me.

I needed outfits for a week’s worth of events:

  • Two Travel Days
  • Casual Barbeque
  • Semi-Casual Fraternity Dinner
  • Baccalaureate
  • Graduation and Diploma Ceremony
  • Moving Day
  • Casual Free Day (where I wanted to look nice because I knew I was probably going to meet lots of my son’s friends’ parents including the girlfriend’s parents!)

So this is what I ended up with:

What I learned from my Travel Capsule Wardrobe

  1. This kind of packing requires more up-front planning than just picking outfits and putting them in a suitcase.   I really had to think about what I was going to wear each day:  shoes, accessories, layers, etc.  I even put a short description of my daily outfit in my Google calendar so I could wake up each day knowing exactly what I was going to wear for each day and event.
  2. Before packing, I looked at all the events we would be attending (commencement, baccalaureate, diploma ceremony, fraternity family events, meeting the girlfriend’s parents…) AND I took a look at the weather forecast.  I thought I had covered everything but it ended up being unseasonably hot so I never wore the sweaters I brought along.  I had to improvise one day because it was just too darned hot to wear the blush jeans I had planned.  Thankfully, with a capsule system, things are planned to mix and match so I just wore my blue chambray shorts again!
  3. I limited myself to three pairs of shoes and one bag that went with everything.  Normally,  I would have overdone it in the shoe department and most likely would have packed another purse.
  4. How you pack matters!  I just cashed in a gift card for a set of packing cubes.  (affiliate) These things are genius.  They allow you to organize your clothes and move them around without messing everything up!  Having a great carry-on size suitcase helps too!  I love this suitcase by Away.   It rolls like a dream and has a lifetime warranty.  If you click on the link you’ll get $20 off one for yourself!
packing cubes make packing a breezze
Packing Cubes
Away suitcases make packing fun!
Away Carry-on Suitcase

I can’t wait for our next trip!  What do you think?  Would you ever want to try out a travel capsule wardrobe?

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