Welcome to Day 9 of 30 Days to Packing a Better Bag.
One of the biggest questions we receive at Her Packing List involves something along the lines of, “Help! How do I pack clothes for 20 (40, or 60) days of travel?!”
There seems to be confusion with fellow travelers when it comes time to packing for an extended trip. Many women feel like they need to pack an outfit for each and every day of travel, but guess what…
That’s just not true!
In fact, packing for trips a month in length should actually be pretty similar to how you pack for those that are just one week. Shocking, right? Generations of heavy packers have raised us today to struggle with baggage restrictions and packing choices, but you don’t have to suffer any longer if you just remember (and trust) this one thing.
How to Travel with Less Clothing
If you pack wisely, you should be able to compile several different outfits from one tiny wardrobe. We’ll talk more about versatile travel pieces and how to mix and match in tomorrow’s post, but a few good things to start thinking about are:
- Quality Pieces – Not only should the pieces you bring be of a certain quality, meaning something has a real purpose, these pieces should also be items you love. Make sure what you pack makes you feel good. Otherwise, you’ll probably avoid wearing it, meaning it becomes something that just takes up space in your bag for no good reason.
- Color Palettes – Make sure almost anything you bring can be mixed and matched with each other. The odd ball out will get worn less often if it only pairs with one other specific item. In our example photo above, we’re pairing key pieces (pants, skirt, jacket) in neutral blacks and grays with solid popping colors to give our outfits vibrance. The addition of a few colorful scarves bring the outfits together. Notice how we got rid of anything that had a pattern or was not in the same color class? If you’re a pastel and floral girl, just make sure most of your items mesh with each other.
Hotels, hostels and campsites generally offer washing machines that can be used to wash your travel wardrobe every week, but we don’t shy away from a bit of hand washing here at Her Packing List. When you travel with so few items of clothing, doing a full wash isn’t as necessary.
Plus, you have to consider how often you could actually wear one item of clothing before you actually need to wash it. Like jeans. Jeans are typically an article of clothing that is worn multiple times before an encounter with the spin cycle.
So, what are we getting at?
You can re-wear your travel clothing and outfits several times on the same trip and not feel guilty about it. If it’s washing you worry about, either bring enough socks and underwear to cover a longer duration, or plan to hand-wash those key pieces as you go. A minimal wardrobe should not be a problem.
If you’re the fashionable type that worries about having to wear the same ensemble 4 (or 20) times in Europe, then consider this:
You’ll never see those people again. Practically no one but yourself will ever know.
Take Action: Cut It Out
Lay out all the clothes you think you need. Cut out half. Update your packing list.
Let us know how you go with this task in the comments below.