I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my last holidays…for the first time ever, it seemed like not that long ago (thank God!). Last year though, I was heading to a very different kind of holidays. Visiting Queenstown, NZ last year was a big tick in my traveling bucket list and we saw SNOW for the first time. It was indeed memorable!
This time however, we are heading back to Vanuatu (last time was almost 5 years ago) and we couldn’t be more excited for a beach getaway. Running away from Winter will do us well (even though it’s the Gold Coast we are talking about). If you want to check the Winter edition, click here.
So let’s get started on this travel capsule wardrobe, but this time I want to hand a few very handy tips if you want to create a Capsule Wardrobe for any occasion.
Packing is annoying and sometimes overwhelming. But to keep things simple, I like to focus on a few basic thing you need to know before getting started:
- Know the weather:
That’s kinda obvious but super important to know exactly what to expect when you touchdown. Knowing if there’s rain (or snow) forecast will let you prepare better for what you have to pack.
- Know the occasion:
If you are going to a work event, you’ll probably won’t be taking a huge choice of summer dresses. But if you are going to the beach, you won’t go around lugging a suit. So ya know, common sense.
- Prepare for changes:
Be prepared for quick temperature changes. Always take something a little warmer or chilled in case the weather gets crazy (you know how it is this days…).
- The essentials:
only and I repeat: only take enough clothes for 7 days. It’s all you need. A week’s worth of clothing will keep you prepared for everything and you can reuse your clothes or wash them somewhere. There’s literally no excuse not to wash your clothes while travelling. So in reality you only need to worry about a few outfits and that’s it.
- Mix & Match & Accessorise:
When packing instead of creating one outfit for each day, pick and choose which items you can pair the most with others (that includes shoes too). So don’t pack a pair of pants you can only wear with 1 top. Instead, pick key pieces that you can wear with multiple pieces and layer too. Accessories make it easier to change it up an outfit and create something nice with changing just 1 piece.
My Travel Capsule Wardrobe (Summer Edition)
Got everything? So here’s what I’m packing.
- 2 summer dresses
- 1 linen dress (for nicer occasions)
- 1 maxi dress
- 1 playsuit
- 2 jeans shorts
- 1 linen short
- 1 graphic tee
- 2 singlets (1 is for sleeping)
- 2 cami
- 1 long pants
- 1 light sweater
- Bikini set (minimum 3)
- Thongs (flip-flops)
- Light towel
* TIP: keep your shoes in reusable bags, like this one from Lalen.
- Shampoo (Beauty Kubes)
- Soap bar
- Crystal deodorant
- Make up
- Lip balm
- Safety razor (blades separately on dispatched luggage)
- Face serum & moisturiser
- Reef safe Sunscreen
- Bamboo toothbrush
- Copper tongue scrapper
- Tooth tabs/tablets
- Hair ties
- Essential oils (for perfume, relaxation, nausea, etc)
- Menstrual cup or reusable pad (for emergencies)
- Wallet (credit cards, ID, medicare…)
- Mobile + charger
- Computer + charger (totally optional, kinda essential for me)
- Mirrorless camera (smaller and lighter, perfect for travelling)
- Hat or cap
- Crossbody bag
- Zero Waste Kit
And before all of that, I usually prepare to leave the house clean and the fridge empty. I wrote a blog post about keeping your home ready when you are away, read it here.
What does your capsule wardrobe look like? Would you add or take something away from this list? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know in the comments.
See ya when I’m back!
Peace & Love,