I’m not quite ready to let go of my vacation just yet, so I have one more post to share.
I decided to try out the whole capsule wardrobe thing to minimize my vacation luggage. Basically, you pick just a few items (that you love and know you will be excited to wear) and then mix and match. #minimalist
My capsule contained the following: jeans, black knit pants, long sleeve tee, three short sleeve tees, one tank top, one black skirt, one grey skort, one dress, and a denim jacket (not pictured, oops!). I also included two swim tops, one swim bottom, a cover up, a work out top and capris, pajamas, and my wind jacket (again, not pictured). I needed a little more because we were going to be in a few different climates, plus the Soul Cycle class. It all fit in my small carry on suitcase, along with my beach bag, toiletries, and hair iron. And cap.
Here’s how it played out:
Day 1 – travel day:
Day 2 – Sightseeing in LA, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills:
Day 3 – Soul Cycle, Grammy Museum and drive to Palm Springs:
Day 4 – Joshua Tree National Park
Day 5: Hanging out at the resort and dinner out
Day 6: Hanging out at the resort and dinner out
Day 7: Drive back to LA, Santa Monica Pier, dinner out
Day 8 – Beach and travel home:
Overall, it worked out really well. I wore everything I brought (except one swim top because we only spent two days at the pool), most of it twice. I was glad I bought the extra tank for wearing around the resort, but could have just worn my coverup.
There was one little glitch – Amy’s unexpected dinner at Sur. I wish I would have had something a little dressier, especially shoes, but I think I looked ok and I just walk through the restaurant with my head held high as if I were introducing Hollywood to the latest in dining fashion (in my $10 tank from H&M and $25 knit pants from J. Jill!!). I’m pretty sure nobody even noticed me it was so dark in there.
I also decided that I’m not a huge fan of wearing a shirt more than once, especially in warm climates. I lucked out because the mornings and evenings were cool, so after the first day, I wore something new to dinner (which was just a couple of hours and right after I had showered) and then the second time during the day on a future date. And having a long sleeved swim cover up was great for Joshua Tree because it was really chilly there at first but I wouldn’t have been as comfortable in the jean jacket (a little to constricting) or cardigan (too dressy, and I needed it later). It really looked more like an athletic tunic. And because I wore that, I didn’t ever wear my wind jacket.
I was able to bring all of my makeup and full size toiletries because Gary checked a bag, but I would have had room for travel sized products in my carry on.
This little experiment definitely taught me a few lessons for future trips. And now I know I can get by on just a few things, but it really depends on the trip. Gary and I are looking at something more tropical next year, much more casual, and all of the activities will either be water or hiking, so I will likely do this again. But probably with one more pair of shoes, just in case he takes me somewhere fancy 😉