travel wardrobe ideas for women

A Travel wardrobe based on a capsule wardrobe is the best way to pack light.  Wouldn’t it be great to just use a carry-on?

  • Plan around a color scheme so that all pieces coordinate.  Neutral colors work best.  Your pieces do not need to be all solids.  Mix some prints in, but use sparingly.
  • Select items that are light weight, wash easily, and don’t wrinkle.
  • Think layering for more options with each piece.
  • For 7-10 days:  I love the 5, 4, 3 guide:  5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 dresses, 3 shoes,

Here’s some ideas for your travel needs:

Cruises, Couples Get Away, Girls Weekend Wardrobe Ideas

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Hiking, Biking, Outdoors Trips Wardrobe Ideas

  • First decide what you are packing in based on the anticipated activities.
  • Questions to consider:
    • Will you be hiking with everything you bring on the trip?
    • Will you be hiking on day trips only, leaving the bulk behind at camp?
    • Will you need any other type of clothes on the trip (special dinners or meetings)?
  • For outdoor based activities, select clothing that is wicking.  You will stay comfortable and can quick-wash & dry as needed.
  • Don’t overpack.  Plan on re-wearing everything you pack.
  • Comfort is king.
    • Shoes:  Only pack the tested, comfortable hiking shoes or boots.  Blisters from brand new hiking shoes will not only be painful, but will impair your enjoyment – guaranteed.
    • Clothing:  Can you move freely, do they fit properly, and are they multi-use?
    • Undergarments:  Only bring the most comfortable.

Tourist Destination Wardrobe Ideas

For those purely tourist and sightseeing trips:

  • Research the typical weather patterns for your travel dates online at and pack accordingly.
  • Think comfort.
    • If you are planning to walk the streets of Rome for days, only pack broken-in, comfortable shoes.
    • Think layers.
      • Pack a lightweight sweater/cardigan/jacket for cold flights, chilly mornings and freezing museums.  You can also dress-up just about any outfit with a cute cardigan and scarf or necklace.
      • Pack camis that can be worn as a tank, solid shirts that go with all the pants or skirts, and a couple of pants and skirts.  For very casual trips, don’t forget shorts and swim suits.
  • Lay all the outfits out and try to eliminate the extras.  If you are not planning on a dressy event, don’t pack dressy clothes.  Leave room in your checked back for purchases abroad.
  • My rule of thumb is if 50 pounds is allowed on your checked back, try to stay under 35 pounds when you go.