I’ve always enjoyed packing a suitcase or overnight bag. The planning, the organization, the list making – everything that goes into packing makes me feel like I’m getting ready for the first day of school. I guess packing gives me a sense of control, which isn’t something I crave in my every day life (I’m not exactly a type A personality).
But packing as a family of 4 takes on a whole new level because now I am trying to be as minimalist as possible.
Okay, I’ll be honest, you can’t really pack minimally with kids. I mean even if you are going away for 6 days you still have to pack 12 days worth of clothes. Well 15 because you need back up clothes for your back up clothes 😂. With more than one kid, diapers, wipes and all the other stuff kids are comfortable with, that could take up an entire checked luggage.
So when we starting planning for our 1st multi-generational vacation I knew that going with more than one checked suit case was more then we could handle. I mean we have only so many hands and carry ons and backpacks work better with umbrella strollers and babies in carriers.
I had to get creative and decided to plan all outfits (included back ups of back ups), pare down the number of shoes I normally take and research as many ways as possible to be as lean as possible with our packing.
I was pretty happy with myself when all we had was one large checked luggage, one carry on luggage and one backpack for 6 days!
I figure I’d share my capsule wardrobe for Las Vegas. Mind you I didn’t do any clubbing but considering the girls’ grand parents were with us I did plan in case we would be able to get out (we didn’t – the time difference didn’t make for easy for evenings).
Daytime outfits were needed for hanging out at the strip, shopping, checking out the free hotel attractions, going to the gym and taking a day trip to go hiking. Evening outfits were normally just for dinners (restaurant or buffet).
I was able to make 13 outfits from the following pieces:
– 4 fancy tops
– 1 tank top
– 2 t-shirts
– 1 button up
– 1 black skirt
– 1 light weight jacket
– 2 pairs of shorts
– 2 pairs of leggings (1 was vegan leather)
– 1 pair of gym crops
– 2 gym tops
– 2 bathing suits
Accessories included: wide brim fedora, chocker, handkerchief
4 pairs of shoes (runners, converse, mid heal sandal and flip flops – should have left the converse at home).
What started out as way to save space in our luggage actually turned out to be an efficient and quick way to get dressed for different activities on our trip.
Have you tried capsule/minimalist packing on a trip?