I LOVE my closet

I LOVE my closet

Have you tried the capsule wardrobe when traveling for an extended period? There is  nothing like extended traveling to remind you how much you appreciate certain things.

Last week we returned from 7 weeks on a road trip. We went from the colds of a fall in Glacier National Park to a milder fall in Michigan to the wet of a SE US fall to the humidity of Key West, 17 degrees and snow in Denver and back. A packing challenge to say the least. I put my cold weather outer and under layers in a small backpack since they were the least time of our travels. This outer gear consisted of a raincoat, long underwear, a packable down, hiking boots, wool socks and a hat and gloves.

Here is my list for the rest of the trip:

  • 2 pair shorts khaki
  • 7 pair underwear and an extra bra
  • 2 pair foot liners
  • 4 pair misc. socks
  • 2 shirts (one blue t shirt and one grey sleeveless)
  • One pair grey jeans
  • One knit lightweight jacket in heathered grey.
  • One blue and white sundress with scarf (which I never wore )
  • A wide belt in brown.
  • A small bag of jewelry (2” x 3”)
  • A swimsuit
  • Flip flops
  • Walking shoes
  • 2 pair lightweight somewhat dressier shoes

It worked but I am so glad to see my closet. This was so repetitive. It did make dressing easy but I know I couldn’t live with just one capsule wardrobe at this point in my life. Variety IS the spice of life. Life IS too short to wear boring clothes. At least there was variety in locales and some new thrift and consignment stores to browse along the way.

How do you throw some spice in that travel capsule?

Trippin and Travelin

Trippin and Travelin

I have been reading about the ten by ten challenge and packing and decided to try it for an rv trip to see our daughter graduate. The total trip time is fourteen days and my closet is ½ of a space the size of a couch cushion plus a drawer the size of a silverware drawer. In addition to traveling clothes I need something to jog in, hike in and bike in so I will be cheating on the 10 x 10 by not including these things nor all the various shoes needed to perform these activities. I am however doubling up on jackets for biking and hiking. Phew.

I chose 2 jackets (including my latest purple london cardi and reversible strip/knit combo, 2 bottoms, 1 dress (for the graduation), 2 pair of shoes and 3 short sleeve or sleeveless tops. I chose a combination of grey, blue and purple. My latest favorite jewelry combination is a pair of silver chain loop earrings, my looped circle silver necklace and a watch with a silver band and coral and turquoise. It all goes together well no matter which items I put on. Fortunately the mirror is small too.

Two for one jacket

A week in and so far so good. There is not a lot of variety day to day but getting dressed is quick and easy. Which is good because there is a lot of time behind the wheel and not much time to waste figuring out what to wear.

How do you deal with packing for trips?