Packing for a weekend away is the easiest way to experiment with a capsule wardrobe.
When people say to me, ‘oh, I could never that’, I point out that is exactly what they do when they go travelling or on holiday.
As an experiment, it’s fool proof – well, almost. You’re limited to a certain number of pieces, it makes sense to have a coherent colour palette and for as many pieces to mix and match as possible.
And this is where an airline’s cabin baggage limit proves unusually useful! Readers of my blog will know I’m a carry-on luggage fan. Can’t be doing with standing by a carousel, anxiously scanning oceans of luggage, crossing my fingers that mine hasn’t gone astray. (This has happened and it ain’t fun). When you are given a weight restriction, you are forced to make decisions about what you can bring.
If it’s just a weekend away, then the stakes are very low. It’s only for 2 or 3 days and an experiment with a defined timescale is always easier and makes you more focused. And if it really doesn’t work out for you, normal service can be resumed on your return.
I know the limit on toiletries can be a pain when travelling, but – like my clothes – I always find that I don’t need as much as I think I do. I wrote about minimalizing my skincare a couple of weeks ago and this worked beautifully for a recent weekend in Pisa. By the way, the Leaning Tower is every bit as weird and wonderful as its reputation – I love it!
Some learning from my weekend away:
- Two pairs of shoes would have been plenty – one to wear and one that could be packed. I brought three and didn’t touch one of them – naturally, this was the most bulky pair that took up the most room!
- A scarf is one of the handiest pieces you can bring. It can brighten up an outfit, is protection against high air conditioning on the plane or in restaurants, can protect your head in the sun if you don’t have a hat with you and is useful for covering your shoulders, if you happen to do some sight-seeing in cathedrals, churches etc. where such covering may be mandatory – there were a LOT of churches in Pisa!!
- I have discovered cleansing bars and shampoo bars, which don’t form part of the 100 ml liquid restrictions!
Any tips or tricks for a weekend away? Have a great week 😊