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How To Plan A Travel Wardrobe For Your Holiday | Part Two – 10 Steps To Creating your Travel Wardrobe

Posted on 24 June 2016

In this second blog post on How To Plan A Travel Wardrobe For Your Holiday, I am going to cover the 10 Steps To Creating your Travel Wardrobe.

The first thing that you will naturally do before you travel and even begin to pack is

  1. Check the weather forecasts

Is it Winter, Autumn, Spring or Summer? This is a great help to start packing. Again, as mentioned in the last post personal experience has taught me that temperatures from one place to the next can be quite different to what you are used to. Humidity plays a big part in this so if dry weather or humidity is new to you be sure to factor this in. If you’re going to various destinations where it is hot and then cooler this is also something that you will need to plan for.

  1. Know what activities you will be doing

Once you have a clear idea on weather and activities, you can then get started with creating your travel wardrobe. For example, if you’re heading to the beach you know you need to pack more swimmers, kaftans and sarongs or if you’re heading to the snow you know it’s thermal underwear, bomber jackets and gloves!

  1. See if there are any dress requirements

It’s important to check to see if there are any requirements for the country or countries that you will be visiting. Especially if you are travelling anywhere near the middle east. Is there any monuments or temples that you will be visiting that require you to be covered? 

  1. Begin with the basics.

Starting with the basics will help you to start the process of mixing and matching. Some of my recommended basics are:

  • A skirt
  • A dress
  • A pair of Shorts
  • A pair of pants
  • A wrap
  • A light jacket or cardigan
  • A pair of your most comfortable shoes

If you’re going to be doing a lot of trekking or adventure bound activities, it also might be worth packing a poncho or light windcheater jacket.

  1. Colours

It’s all too easy to just pack black. It goes with everything and is harder to see any dirt or stains. But if you aren’t particularly fond of black and like a splash of colour try only using black as your basics and add the colour to your other pieces. 

Most of us know our colours that look good on us so be sure to keep that in mind while reading these tips. 

I find that packing black, denim and neutral colours like white and beige as my basics helps me to mix and match the rest of the pieces to my travel wardrobe. It also helps to ensure that my suitcase is completely balanced.

  1. Versatility

The trick with layering, mixing and matching outfits, being prepared for all seasons in one day is – versatility. Some of the things to consider here are

  • The fabrics of your clothing - Jersey and natural fibres will help you to not only feel comfortable but also help you to
  • Comfort – Ensure that the piece of clothing makes you feel comfortable and confident.
  • Style – Classic pieces are so easy to dress up or wear casually. If you find you need to dress up and don’t have anything to wear at least you will only need to find something like a jacket or wrap to dress a classic piece up.
  • Weather appropriate – Again, checking the weather at your destination is important here. This will help you to know if you should pack more jackets and pants or more shorts and tees!
  1. Accessorise!

Accessories such as jackets, wraps, statement necklaces, watches, shoes and even bracelets or rings have the ability to alter the way an outfit looks. The three Lamington Ave pieces below show you just how a jacket, top, or even simple wrap can alter a look using 3 pieces. 

When accessorising try to limit yourself to a maximum of 10 pieces. You still need to be aware of weight and space. My suggestion would be

  • One or two wraps (plain and fun)
  • One or two belts
  • Two necklaces
  • One bracelet
  • No more than two handbags
  • A pair of leggings

  1. Review

Once you have all of your outfits together and you’ve tried them on to make sure you have ticked all of the boxes of;

  • Versatility
  • Comfort
  • Style

It’s then time to decide when and where you will wear them. Ask yourself and make mental notes of the following (you can always write them down too so getting up and getting ready each morning is so much faster).

  • What outfit will be worn on the plane and between destinations?
  • What outfits will I wear to special occasions like out to dinner?
  • Do I have enough, comfortable clothing to wear for adventures?
  • Is there enough pieces to layer if it gets really cold?
  • Are there items to wear that are light enough in case it gets really hot?

The most important thing is to ensure that you have at least one or two outfits for each activity or occasion that you might come across on your adventure.

  1. Be ruthless

Once you have gone through the trying on and mix and match stage, your bag is almost packed. Try packing what you have and check your space and weight.

If you need more space to pack the necessities like socks, underwear, shoes, makeup and hairdryers go through your pieces again.

Ask yourself

  • Will I really use each item?
  • Were there any pieces that I wasn’t totally 100% happy with?
  • Can I wear the piece at least twice?
  • Is there more than one of these? I.e. do I have two of the same item such as 2 black tops.
  1. Wrapping it all together

Once you’ve packed and are on your holiday, don’t forget to take note as to what works and what doesn’t. It’s a great way to ensure the next time is even better than the first!

Do you have any packing tips for travel? Let us know your tips by commenting in the section below.

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