Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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The 3x3 Travel Capsule Wardrobe

I stumbled across a new type of capsule wardrobe recently.  The 3x3 Travel Capsule Wardrobe is also called the Six Pack, because you wear three garments and pack six more.  The basic grid gives you three outer tops, three inner tops, and three bottoms.  Here it is in black, white, and red.  This one is black, gray, ivory, and blue.

This isn't far from how I pack for a weekend trip.  I start by laying out three outfits for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Usually those have a top and a bottom, underwear, and socks.  Friday and Sunday are the "travel" outfits, so they must be comfortable and preferably have pockets.  I then add a cardigan that goes with everything in case it gets colder. Next come a spare top and bottom, also matching for everything, that account for unexpected temperature swings.  So if it's summer and I've packed mostly shorts, they'll be long sleeves and pants, etc.  Most of the time I know what we will be doing.  In case of uncertainty, I can throw in something a little dressier.  I always include an extra pair of underwear and socks.  My "spare" items are usually solids in either black or blue, although I have a gray argyle cardigan that I've taken on several trips.

Then there's my travel blanket.  I'll be wearing that a lot in the hotel room, so I'd rather my clothes not clash outrageously with the blue-and-white blanket.  I don't have much that clashes with those colors, but I'm less likely to wear those things while traveling now than I would have been before I found the blanket.  
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