I am constantly being asked by friends and customers how to pack for a one or two-week trip. The goal, everything should fit into one carry-on bag. In this article, I am going to focus only on women’s wardrobe. If you follow the ideas and guidelines suggested here you’ll look great and you’ll wear everything you take with you. Trust me. I’ve been doing this for years.
An immediate benefit, you won’t have to worry about lost luggage ever again. You’ll save money, as you won’t be paying for checked luggage. And most important in my opinion, you won’t be exhausted by dragging a heavy bag around with you. If you are traveling in Europe this is especially important because riding the trains and buses is more convenient and less expensive. If your bag is too heavy, or you have more than a carry-on and a personal bag, it’s just not practical.
With the help of my friend Rhonda Sargaent Chambers, a professional model and spokesperson, I created this photo shoot to illustrate exactly how to mix, match, and layer your clothes so you always look great, but travel light. I asked Rhonda to keep the wardrobe choices classic and think Italy (stylish but a bit conservative). I wanted to show pieces that could travel anywhere.
I arrived at Rhonda’s with my makeup kit, a bottle of prosecco, and my camera. Rhonda supplied the wardrobe. I loved her choices and the color palette.
How To Pack For a 1 or 2 Week Trip
Choose a core neutral color like white, brown, grey or navy for summer. You can add one an accent color, but it must coordinate with everything else. Scarves are a great way to add color and pattern. Pack one summer dress, and one top that can dress up a pair of pants for evening.
Hats are a must for summer travel. There are a lot of great hats in modern fabrics that you can literally fold up, or stuff it into a hand bag.
When packing shoes I never pack more than two pair. One comfortable and supportive pair for heavy walking and travel days, and one pair of sandals that can dress up an outfit for dinner, or a day at the museum. Resist the urge to pack your favorite high heels. For summer travel think casual, comfortable, fresh.
This layered look is perfect for travel days and you can remove layers as needed. Rhonda’s wearing a tank, white button-down sweater under a jacket, and pants. You can get at least three more outfits out of just these pieces.
Pair the tank under the jacket, add pants and a hat and you’ve got great walking outfit.
Practical shoes are a must! Only pack shoes that you know for a fact you can walk a minimum of five hours in.
What’s summer without a great dress to wear out to dinner? If you like to visit churches you will need a jacket to put over a sleeveless dress. In some countries like Italy, it’s a must as most of the important churches you’ll want to visit won’t let you in with bare arms. It’s also a good idea to be respectful of the customs of other cultures.
Here’s where you can change shoes. I repeat, only two pair, for two weeks. This has been my practice for six years.
Check back next week for more ideas on how to wear these same pieces. Yep. No more clothes required. Just a little rearranging. Look stylish with only one carry-on bag.
All images and material copyright Penny Sadler 2012. All rights reserved.