How To Pack A Capsule Wardrobe For 3 Days In Lanzarote.
It’s no secret that I’m an overdressed backpacker. One look at my socials and you’ll agree. However, there’s a few perks to that. The first one being my ability to cram everything into hand luggage, even to long-distance destinations. The second? Knowing what to wear with minimal items.
The best thing you can do for having multiple outfit options is to invest in a capsule wardrobe. In other words, good-quality clothing to take you through the whole year. On repeat.
By focusing on timeless pieces you’ll no longer panic about having nothing to wear. Why? Well, because capsule wardrobe items do all the work. You’re about to find out how, as I walk you through the insides of my bag during a recent trip to Lanzarote. Ready to see how I put together 7 full outfits with one backpack?
Capsule Wardrobe Essentials For A Short Trip.
Now, let’s set the visions. It’s January, and you’re jetting off to Lanzarote. The weather promises between 18-20 degrees at the highest points of the day, with the occasional light drizzle. You’ve got some activities lined up in the evening, so would like a change of clothes from day to night. You plan on only taking a cabin bag with you, and will put a pair of chunky boots into a duty-free bag. Besides key necessities like plenty of underwear and socks, you’ve got a whole backpack to fill.
Below, you’ll find my capsule wardrobe for the scene mentioned above. Nothing out of the ordinary. Just clothing most of us would already have in our closets. The building blocks for what to wear on a weekend trip.
7 Mix And Match Outfit Ideas:
Rather impressively, the list slotted nicely into hand luggage without problems. Minus the boots, which as mentioned above went into a duty-free bag. Rolling up clothing as tight as possible, then securing with elastic bands, will sort you out. Just double check you’ve got access to an iron in your accommodation please, creased clothes are not the one. Nobody needs to wear that.
Time to let our creative juices flow with a little game of mix-and-match.
- Oversized Satin Shirt (worn open) + Dress + Chunky Boots + Small Purse.
- Long-Sleeve Top + Skirt + Chunky Boots + Waterproof Jacket.
- Leggings + Plain T-Shirt + Blazer + Trainers.
- Plain T-Shirt Number 2 + Cargo Trousers + Trainers.
- Jeans + Blazer + Thin-Strap Crop Top + Belt + Chunky Boots.
- Cargo Trousers + Long Sleeve Top Number 2 + Trainers.
- Oversized Satin Shirt (worn closed) + Leggings + Belt + Trainers.
I could’ve also added jeans with a t-shirt + trainers, but I guessed this is a choice we’re all familiar with. It’s a uniform which never fails, after all. You could also wear the long-sleeve tops under/over the dress, and switch the jeans for trousers.
The nice thing about packing with hand luggage is that you naturally get better with it the more you do it. Gone are the days when you need 30 pieces of clothing ‘just in case’. Once you establish staple pieces in your wardrobe, styling outfits becomes an easier mission. 2023 is the year of packing more consciously and not weighing down our cabin bags with clothes we don’t wear.
Want A Guide To Lanzarote?
If you’re looking for more Lanzarote content, I think you’ll love my Lanzarote guide. Over on the post, I give you the lowdown on must-visit landmarks, beaches and restaurants. It goes hand-in-hand really, as you’ll already know which clothes to pack. That sounds like a good enough reason to book that flight, right?
I’m no fashionista, and I usually pack the bare essentials (e.g. for 3 days, I’d probably pack two pants, 2-3 shirts/long sleeves, 3 pairs of socks, and a jacket; I’d wear my sneakers on me). But I’m very impressed in how you stylize and create combos with all of the items you pack, and it just might’ve given me some inspiration to try and spice up my wardrobe on my next trip over!
Thank you so much Rebecca, means a lot! 🙂