Three Benefits of Packing a Capsule Wardrobe for Travel

If you’ve been following along, you know that I took a capsule wardrobe with me to Alaska. I’ve also been attempting to use a capsule wardrobe throughout my daily life and it’s been going well. As I stated in a previous post, I promise to start showing more images and sharing more of how I restyle the items in my capsule. For now, though, you’re just going to get three reasons or three benefits of packing a capsule wardrobe for travel.


When it came to packing for Alaska, I knew that I needed to keep my wardrobe small. Sweaters take up a lot of room and those large suitcases don’t feel so large after shoving a few in there. Not to mention other items, like boots, coats, and skinnies. It starts to add up. Taking the time to plan what you’re packing and being deliberate about wearing and rewearing items makes things so much easier.

In the past, I would consistently take things that I didn’t need, which ended up in an overweight suitcase, a bunch of nonsense that I had to search around (suitcases get so messy so fast!), and items that I didn’t’ even wear. Being deliberate made sure that I didn’t waste precious space with that pair of knee high boots or that extra coat. I brought just what I needed – and I ended up wearing everything!

I tried each item on, pairing bottoms with multiple tops (and pairing those same tops with multiple bottoms) to create different looks. It was so fun, and I think I might challenge myself with one of those 10×10 wardrobe challenges soon!


Another reason this traveling capsule wardrobe was so great is the challenge that I faced when deciding what to pack. I was forced to see my clothes differently. I mean, let’s face it…oversized sweaters and skinnies go great together. I had never thought to pair a loose sweater with a dress (to turn that dress into a skirt!).

Transferring these newfound skills to my day-to-day life will be challenging, especially since I don’t have a traditional capsule wardrobe. And, to top it off, the pieces that I was forced to be creative with won’t be seeing the light of day until 2019 (Florida has the knack of getting cold after I’m excited for warmer weather!).

Nonetheless, since I just have one capsule wardrobe – instead of one for fun and one for work – I have less items for each. It’ll help force me to be creative now and I’m excited to see what I’ve got up my sleeve, especially since layering isn’t really a thing in this Florida summer.

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When creating my capsule wardrobe for travel, I jotted down the items that I was pairing together. Since the weather was going to be all over the place (super freezing and rainy one day and warm and sunny the next), I also decided when I’d wear each piece.

Creating this scheduled helped me to ensure that I wore a sweater to dinner the night before I planned on wearing it during the day. This way, I didn’t have to do laundry as much, which also saved time (because I had to run down to the launderette and “steal” a washer or a dryer from someone else, usually.

Nonetheless, I found the travel capsule invaluable, and I can’t wait to create another one for our next long trip!

I’ve got my sights set on Norway or Antarctica for our next Seabourn cruise. Both of those would be cooler weather and long! So what about you…would you ever create a capsule wardrobe for travel?

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