Packing for travel

I have read a lot about “capsule wardrobes,” where you select a few pieces based around neutral colors, and then build a set of outfits where everything goes together. I don’t do this in my daily life, where I pretty much choose my clothes based on a) what is clean and b) what fits right then. There has been many a week in the past year or so where I was going to have to call in naked since I did not have a single item that met both of those criteria.

For the trip, though, I am going to try the whole capsule wardrobe plan.

So far, I have decided to take the following:

  • black and tan print dress
  • grey trousers (I like that word)
  • navy trousers or a pair of jeans, haven’t decided yet
  • long black skirt
  • knee-length floral skirt
  • white sleeveless top
  • navy & white striped top
  • a couple of colorful tees
  • black camisole
  • black short-sleeved open-knit cardigan
  • black long-sleeved long drapey cardigan
  • blue scarf
  • black trench coat

A couple more things are in the running, but either I haven’t chosen a specific one yet, or I can’t decide if they are versatile enough:

  • colorful abstract-print cardigan
  • red ruffled cardigan
  • at least one more scarf
  • at least 2-3 pieces of jewelry

What a difference from packing in the past, when my “plan” went something like this: Jeans, some shorts, a sweatshirt, long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, a jumper (dating myself here, I know) and a Columbia Sportswear convertible jacket with a zip-out inner jacket. I would then stuff all the nooks and crannies of my big backpack with socks and underwear, and I was good to go. I am 100% sure I looked like a completely dorky backpacking tourist. Which I was.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! to Lynette and Joe for their help today, and for a lovely dinner.
  • I’m lighter! I worked hard all day today on getting ready. There is still so much to do and so little time.

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