Holiday Packing

Does anyone else get excited about packing for a holiday? I’m going to the US for 10 days and cannot wait!!


I know that, to some, packing can be a chore but I love it!

I enjoy the planning aspect – it leads to anticipation and heightens the whole holiday experience for me.

I also feel that it is compulsory minimalism and I mean that in a positive way because:

  • It’s a brilliant time to try out a capsule wardrobe, if you were thinking of dipping a toe in the water
  • The clothes contained in your suitcase comprise your capsule
  • If you didn’t pack exactly what you wanted, then it’s a chance to be creative, not an opportunity to shop!

A bit of forethought and planning can go a long way.

I have a fair idea of what the weather will be like and what activities we have planned:

  • A bit of sight-seeing
  • Dining out
  • Time on the beach
  • A lot of playing with my nephews
  • Some chill-out time for Mr. Minimal-Lol and me

So it’s just a case of finding clothes that are suitable for all these activities and that can be mixed and matched. I have no anxiety when it comes to repeating outfits or pieces, which makes it easier still.

My planning self has developed a little cheat sheet to help me plan and pack. I want to wear my clothes at least 2 or 3 times each, with some pieces, like accessories, being worn almost every day. And it’s so easy to give clothes a quick wash, if they require freshening up – my summer pieces are light and dry quickly.

I’ll bring a small suitcase – ideally I would really like to travel with hand luggage only – but I won’t for fear of Mr. M-L fainting in horror. (Some day I will write a blog post about a minimalist living with a ‘maximalist’ – he may need a suitcase for his shoes alone!!).

I have tried to heed the lovely Courtney Carver’s advice – the founder of Project 333. She advises you to pack for half the number of days you are actually away. I don’t think I’ve quite hit that mark but maybe about 75%? Baby steps!

But I will be reviewing what I actually wore versus what I packed. I do this every time I go away and have ended up with quite a robust formula for a weekend away – just need to extend this for a slightly longer period of time.

Anyone have any words of wisdom for packing? Or for travelling in the US? Have a great week 🙂

  6 comments for “Holiday Packing

  1. July 13, 2017 at 5:51 am

    Travelling by car means I throw everything and anything in the car as a ‘just in case’. I hardly seem to wear much of it though. It’s packing for the weather and sport I find difficult. Although lycra is a godsend! Have a fabulous holiday x

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  2. onyx-natasha
    July 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I think you have a good plan to put into action.

    Last year I was in Europe, although I had the bulk of my clothing at a ‘homebase’, my family and I would drive to other countries. On these trips I managed to pack everything I wanted to wear in a carry-on. Recalling what I packed, was a pair of jeans, black pant tights, two tops and a jacket.

    Obviously, you will need to take more than a carry on for your vacation, so might I suggest two pairs of pants, two skirts and a dress. Pack a few casual tops and a few dressier tops, this way you can mix and match those with your pants and skirts, this is what I did a few years back when I was in USA. I purchased a few items of clothing when I was there, so, if you forget anything, you will be fine.

    I’d also like to advise to pack for the season you are entering, I made this mistake quite a few times. Perhaps check the weather in US before packing. I wish I did this on a past trip to Europe. The weather was much warmer than I anticipated and I ended up posting clothes back home to Australia, all this was over a decade ago, before the word minimalism even entered my vocabulary!

    Hope some of these tips help you out, and as always, amazing blog. Love your style, layout of your blog and the candidnessand honesty you project in your writing.



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    • July 9, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      Dear Onyx-Natasha, thank you so much for the time and trouble you have taken with this wonderful comment, chock full of useful tips and techniques. I think your advice is spot on, especially the mix and match part. I enjoyed reading about your trip to Europe – your minimalist tendencies obviously have deep roots!! Sincere thanks for all of the above, Lxx

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      • onyx-natasha
        July 10, 2017 at 2:26 am

        You are most welcome, my pleasure 🌸

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  3. Jon S
    July 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Well, enjoy your trip. I travel a lot and used to pack all of my clothes freshly laundered and ironed, only to find them creased and shabby on arrival.

    These days I take a couple of essentials, and everything else I throw in dirty and have it express laundered upon arrival.

    It may not be the most economical method but an easy way to stay crisp and sharp with “mininimal” effort.

    Jon S

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    • July 9, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Jon, thanks so much for reading and commenting. Great tip and the most important thing is that it works for you. Travelling for work can be stressful enough without having to worry whether your clothes look creased and shabby when you get there. As you say, it’s certainly minimal effort! Have a great day, Lorraine xxx


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