As you probably remember, I was in Barcelona over Easter. I know, it was a while ago, but I haven’t really done a proper travel wardrobe post yet…
Anyway, it was a rather short trip, just a few days. So, no need to pack a lot of clothes, right? A few pieces that mix and match should be enough.
What’s my ‘packing strategy’, then?
I believe that packing is not supposed to be complicated, and it doesn’t require lists or weeks of planning. After all, what I wear when I’m travelling is not that different from what I’d wear on any other day.
I also believe that less is more, and I prefer to have a relatively small wardrobe. And when I travel, I tend to become a bit of a minimalist, especially when it comes to accessories. Although, while I can manage with one handbag, I need to have at least two pairs of sunglasses. But I think that’s just smart: what if I lose or break one pair?
I often take a suitcase instead of just cabin luggage (unless it’s just a day or two and I can get by with just a very small carry-on). I hate those people who hoard all the overhead locker space for their mismatched collection of various huge ‘carry-on’ bags so that there’s nowhere to put your coat… I’m digressing here, sorry… My point is, I need a bag with enough room for ‘souvenirs’ (= anything I might find when going ‘sightseeing’ a.k.a shopping once in my destination…), so a suitcase is simply more practical.
And last but not least, I don’t want to plan ahead when I’m on holiday, whether it’s about what to see, do or wear.
So, about this trip to Barcelona… As usual, I started packing just a few hours before going to the airport. And it took me about 30 minutes. In other words, I decided which bag and shoes to take (which gave me the colour palette), and then I just tossed a few t-shirts, a couple of skirts and a pair of relaxed jeans into the mix.
Because all of the pieces in my ‘travel wardrobe’ mix and match seamlessly, I can decide what to wear on any given day depending on my mood (and the weather). Which is exactly what I did.
Yes, I’m wearing the same cardigan, bag and gold jewellery in all of these pictures… And that’s precisely the point: less is more, and everything can be mixed and matched. Taking the stress out of packing (and dressing). A holiday is supposed to be relaxing, after all…
t-shirt: Custo Barcelona / denim skir: KappAhl / cardigan Soyaconcept /
shoes: Van Dal /bag: Kate Spade / sunglasses: Dolce and Gabbana
location: Hotel Pullman Skipper
What’s your ‘packing strategy’?
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