I just returned from a chilly, snowy Midwest. Everything easily fit in my carry-on, including my purse. I even had room for Christmas presents on the return trip! Here is what I packed:
Activities: Baking Christmas cookies and preparing meals, visiting on various farms, spending time with family, playing with babies, and a trip to church for Christmas service. This was a very casual trip.
My colors: My theme was brown and red, because red is the color of Christmas. The reds all went together although they don’t look like it in the picture.
- Red lace dress
- White 3/4 s shirt
- Red/brown/black drape-neck tank
- White lace edged tank
- Brown 3/4 s T-shirt
- Red sweater shell
- Cream s/s lace top
- Black T-zip base layer shirt
- Blue jeans
- Brown Pants
- Black exercise pants
- Red sweater/jacket
- Brown shawl sweater
- Cream fleece jacket
- Brown boots
- Barefoot runners
- Faux snake dress shoes
- Brown cross body bag
- Gold earrings/bracelet/necklace
- Red/black/brown scarf
- Red scarf set
- Black bicycle gloves
- Brown tights
- Nude stockings
- Winter coat
- Silk long underwear top
- Silk long underwear bottom
- 2 bras
- 5 panties
- 5 pairs of socks
My Capsule Combinations:
- I wore the red sweater, white blouse, scarf, blue jeans, and boots on the plane.
- The bedrooms in the farm house weren’t heated. I wore the silk long underwear every night, as well as the exercise pants, T-zip base layer top, AND the fleece. The combination was just right.
- I wore the red lace dress, red sweater, and beige stockings for Christmas eve service. On Christmas day I wore the brown pants, red sweater shell, scarf, and red sweater.
Other combinations I wore:
- White shirt under brown 3/4 sleeve T-shirt with jeans
- red/brown/black tank with brown sweater and jeans (and silk top for warmth)
- red/brown/black tank with cream fleece and jeans.
Things I didn’t wear:
- lace top
- white tank
- brown tights
I wanted to wear the lace top layered over a colored tank top. I didn’t wear it as there weren’t many dressy occasions. If we went to church a second time I would wear the dress with the brown sweater, brown tights, and boots. In all, I wore most of the clothes and was happy to have them.
I’m a pretty good one bag packer, but I also manage to have at least one thing in my tiny bag that I don’t wear – it doesn’t matter where I’m going, what I’m doing or the time of year. Good to see other great packers have the same dilemma! Great post – your outfits look fantastic!
Thanks! For some reason I wanted lots of choices this time so I packed too many tops.
One Girl (@yksi_tytto) said:
I agree! I always have something that I don’t end up wearing as well… even when I only have 3 shirts to choose from, one gets ignored!
Curious about the black bag, far left, second row. Is that your carry on?
Cindy Heazlit said:
It is the LL Bean Quickload Convertible Travel Pack. At 2.2 pounds (1 kg) it is one of the lighter carry on bags on the market. It may be used 3 ways: backpack, with carry strap, or carried via the handle. A rugged bag and a great value.
Hi I am reading from the Lady Light Travel blog, and am keenly interested in your packing. I am leaving Australia in our hot summer at the beginning of December till mid January to Austria, U.K., New York. I have NEVER travelled in the colder months, or been out in snow, and am now getting anxious about what to pack and what to buy. I know I will need a coat and boots/shoes, but am in the dark really. Can someone make any suggestions for me?