I’m going on vacation and I’m taking with me… 34 dresses, 12 tops and 15 skirts? Say no more, because a capsule wardrobe on holiday ensures that you don’t need that at all! And this is how you put it together: read along!
Travel with hand luggage only
I’m going on vacation and I’m taking with me… Most of the women I know can really shake their heads over that question. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been captain of the ‘rather too much than too little’ team. That has to do with having options, because how nice is it to just from your holiday address 18 summer dresses to be able to choose instead of, for example, 3? However, taking a lot with you has become a lot less popular since last year there were a lot of problems at various airports in the Netherlands. The pressure became too great, the queues were endless and the advice ‘only travel with hand luggage’ invited many people to take a critical look at what they take on a trip. The hip term for ‘looking critically at what you bring’ is capsule wardrobe: a wardrobe consisting of a limited number of basic garments. Your favorite and most essential that is! A capsule wardrobe on holiday ensures that you always have a new one with a few items look can create without having to lug around (and pay for!) luggage. And in this blog I’m going to explain how to put it together.
Capsule wardrobe while traveling
Before you start putting together your capsule wardrobe on holiday, answer the following questions for yourself:
- What is the weather forecast at the destination? Does it cool down at night?
- What type of trip is it? Are you going on a city trip or are you mostly lying down all inclusive to chill at the edge of the pool?
- For how many days do you want to put together your capsule wardrobe when traveling?
- Are there things to consider regarding the culture in the country you are visiting?
Then you get to work: choose clothes that you can combine with the other items. For example, you can bring a dress that you match during the day with a sleeveless buttoned blouse and wear it in the evening with a belt at the waist. That buttoned blouse that you recently bought at OTTO might also look nice on that one pair of shorts or that skirt. Do you understand where I want to go? Make sure to bring some base colors or basics and add some there statement piece to it. One goes nicely on a top with print, the other likes to accentuate in accessories such as a bright pink bag or a cheerful scrunchie for your hair. It is advisable to explain the outfits, for example on your bed or on the table, so that you can see the big picture and whether you still think that it all combines well.
Mix & match
I myself am already counting down, because soon there will be another mini vacation with my girlfriends on the schedule! I like to plan out in advance what I would like to wear and to be able to get multiple options from a few items of clothing. In that respect, a wardrobe capsule on vacation is a challenge, but a very nice one: I often rediscover the contents of my wardrobe. I think the advantages of such a wardrobe capsule when traveling are that you have less chance of losing your luggage. You don’t have to wait at the baggage carousel and you don’t have any clothing stress at the destination, because you have already determined the options in advance. My tip is to wear the ‘heavier’ clothes during the trip, for example shoes or that jumpsuit in combination with that denim jacket. Finally, I recommend that you roll your clothes instead of folding them: this means that more will fit in your hand luggage. And don’t forget that, in addition to your hand luggage, you can always take a ‘hand bag’ with you. But this can of course also be a small backpack in which you could store an extra cardigan or pair of sandals. Make the most of the space you have and enjoy your holiday!
Have you ever tried a capsule wardrobe on vacation? I’d love to read your response in the comments or on Facebook or Instagram!