Going on your dream vacations? Want to enjoy and have fun, but also want to look your best. However you have luggage limit and cannot take everything you wish to take with you, that you think will make your vacation a real dream vacation. You fret and you worry. What should I take and what I should not take, these questions continuously bug you. Planning a vacation wardrobe can be a tiresome job.
If you leave out something important, it becomes a big nuisance. Buying stuff will make you waste money and when you are on a holiday, you are already spending a lot of money and there is no room for even more dollars spent. Here is our little guide to pack the ultimate vacation wardrobe. It helps you in looking your best during the vacations as well as to travel light and easy without missing on the important stuff.
Plan ahead for a perfect vacation wardrobe
If you have any plans to look good and travel light, the very first thing is to plan ahead. If you leave the packing for the last day, it will become very exasperating and you will surely end up cramming your suitcases with useless stuff that will have no use on your holidays and important stuff is left behind. There is no use crying, when you reach Hawaii with your family and realize that the new state of the art DSLR that you bought to make the vacations memorable is left sitting on the table in your bedroom. So start packing atleast a week before you go on the vacations.
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At least pop up a suitcase in a spare area of your home and start dumping things in it that you would not be needing in the week. In this way there will not be load on you, the night before the trip. When you reach the day before, all the things would be in one place. You would just need to sort them out and put them in proper place.
Make a list and let your travel mates re-check
The best way is to make a list of stuff that you need to take with you. If you do not have the time and energy to make a list, do not worry. A number of travel help websites and apps are available online that will help you in downloading the list. The travel lists are made to suit the vacation you are planning to go on, like winter vacations, summer vacations, spring break, and also on the basis of number of days. You can customize the list according to your needs. If you are traveling with your spouse or friends, do give a copy of the list to your travel mates also so they can add the things that you might have forgotten to add to the list. If you have the list, mark the items that you need to buy separately and do the shopping at least three days before the travel so if something is out of stock, you can either get it from somewhere else or you have a day or two to wait for the restocking.
Pack suitable clothing and use an online outfit planner
Clothing will be the main part of your luggage, so plan it very carefully. As you are going on a vacation so keep the comfort level the main priority. Always travel in clothes that are comfortable and according the weather. There are a number of holiday outfit planners and guides available. You can get suggestions from them either for free or for a very small amount of money. If your vacation is for more than a week, then I strongly suggest using an outfit planner. Polywore.com is one such site where you can form your capsule travel wardrobe. It will definitely help you cut down on the excessive stuff from your list. Another is style book app. It is available for mobile phones and easy to use. Still other outfit planners are Moleskin outfit planner and travel outfit planners. Use these outfit planners to cut down on your vacation wardrobe and enjoy travelling light throughout.
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Some outfit ideas for your vacation wardrobe
There are some general guidelines to pack up your travel bags. They help in making you look chic and stylish. Use neutral colors that go with most of the outer wear. The outerwear is heavier so you would be packing less of that. Make sure your inner wear is such that it goes with most of your outer wear. Here are some ideas that show with minimal clothes how you can make so many different outfits. The clothing that are packed cover the basics that almost everyone have in their wardrobe in different colors. The pictures are courtesy lady light traveler.
It might look that these items would not be enough but here are some of the outfits you can make from the above items.
You need to add a little to these to make them accordingly suitable for your destination. For example if you are off to the beach a couple of nice bathing suits and flip flops must be added to the list. Then there is the hiking or trekking vacations. Add hiking boots, denim jeans and a couple of casual t shirts in the list.
Here we are listing the clothing outfits only. There would be makeup and toiletries also included but that is not covered under outfits section. The other accessories also depend upon the type of destination you have chosen for your destination.
Capsule vacation wardrobe
Capsule travel wardrobe is the newest and best way to travel. Here is the dictionary meaning of capsule wardrobe
“Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.”
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