Image: Blog and the City
This week I fly out to the UK for a nice long break and as I started to prepare myself for packing, I thought it would be the great time to write an article on travelling like a minimalist.
Are you the type of person who always over packs? Yep me too! I wear pretty much the same thing week on week, but when I go on holiday I seem to pack everything but the kitchen sink. So, challenge accepted, let's pack like a minimalist.
Step 1: Pick A Colour Scheme
The best way to tackle this is to pick three colours that compliment each other, for me, it's obviously the monochrome palette. Either black, white and grey, navy, white and tan or black, white and tan. This allows you to mix and match your clothing to create multiple outfits from less pieces. You can add a colourful scarf, bag or sunglasses if you wish to add some colour.
Step 2: Choose your style
You may have a wardrobe full of amazing pieces, from boho to city chic, it important that you stick to one style. First think about the country you are visiting, the weather, culture and comfort. I am a personal fan of the "Basic Bitch" look...this is lots of basics that can be paired to create effortlessly cool outfits.
Step 3: Lay It Out & Remove
OK, now the next 2 steps will take being organised but let's face it, if your looking to travel like a minimalist you need to be organised otherwise it will be a disaster. Lay out all the clothing, shoes and accessories on the bedroom floor. Now, halve it. 2 jeans, take 1. 3 bags take 2 (day time, night time).
Step 4: Create Your Outfits
Before I went to the states a couple of years ago, whilst I was packing I took photos of outfits to ensure I could style a different outfit each day. This may sound OCD, however, when you're living out of a suitcase for 2-3 weeks you can often forget what you packed or wonder why you packed it. It really did save time - each morning whilst having a coffee I would scroll through my camera roll to see which outfit I would wear that day. EASY!
Step 5: Keep Your Suitcase Organised
The more organised your suitcase, the easier it is to get dressed each day.
- Group items: bottoms, tops, underwear & bathing suits
- Small bag to contain other loose items like your phone charger, hair straighteners etc
- Bag for toiletries
- Bag for shoes
- Bring a reusable shopping bag for dirty laundry (this is a must!)
Finally, What Have I Packed?
So, I am going to the UK, in August, which can be a little hit a miss when it comes to the weather, so here is what I have packed:
1 Leather Jacket
1 Denim Jacket
2 Dresses (Day Time)
2 Dresses (Night Time)
1 Gym Kit (Leggings, Sports bra, Top)
3 Shoes (Flats, runners and heals)
2 Bags (cross body, back pack)
Total: 27 Items all together (Confession, this was hard, I started with over 50 pieces! WTF!)