Okay … I am never over-packing again! I experimented with packing light for a five-day trip to Dublin, using the principles of my capsule wardrobe and it worked beautifully. In fact, I think I could have packed even less but that’s learning for a future trip.
In the end, I brought two pairs of jeans, three tops, two cardigans, two pairs of shoes and some layers. The weather in Dublin was, uncharacteristically sunny but freezing, as opposed to mild but raining, which can be more usual. This meant that I wore my layering pieces a lot more than I thought I would and was I glad I had packed them! On review, I wondered if I should have brought clothes from my warmer winter capsule, rather than my spring one, but I think it would have felt like ‘cheating’ a bit and also the colour palette is so much darker that it may not have felt as appropriate in the Dublin sunshine.
I brought my leather jacket which kept me toasty and matched everything I wore. My scarf was used – a lot! It’s bright pink and warm, in all senses! I packed a pair of shoes and wore a pair of boots – the boots by themselves would have been plenty, so that’s a useful note for future weekends and the shoes took up a lot of room in my bag – not a good deal, as I only wore them once.
I didn’t go out anywhere fancy, which was lovely, as it meant loads of cosy evenings with friends and family, chatting and laughing. I had packed a dressier top but rather than bringing it back untouched, I just wore it one day, with one of my cardigans and felt a little more dressed up than usual.
So, I think the experiment worked. I had plenty of options, I felt presentable and most importantly, I was able to focus my time on the people I travelled to see and didn’t spend time fussing over what to wear – and if I had enough – and what would people think – and what if – what if ……. It’s so liberating.
I couldn’t help but notice, though, that I had over-packed my toiletries/make-up bag – next project I think!