You May Also Like

Japanese Airbnbs for a Zen and restorative vacay

5 minimalist Zen dens in Japan where you can unwind on a restorative vacay

What to buy from Wayfair's annual blowout sale

7 seriously discounted housewares to snag from Wayfair’s 24-hour blowout sale *now*

Woman typing on computer

The one thing you should *always* do to find cheaper flights online

How to avoid getting drunk on a keto-style diet

How to *not* get wasted at happy hour when you’re on a keto-style diet

Why kids in the US are getting more anxious

Anxiety rates are higher than ever for kids in the United States

How to use Gmail's updated offline feature

One feature of Gmail’s update makes working while traveling *so* much easier

This one packing hack will magically multiply the outfits in your suitcase


Thumbnail for This one packing hack will magically multiply the outfits in your suitcase
Pin It
Photo: Stocksy/Lumina

Packing for a trip can be a struggle: Bring too much, and you’ll accidentally turn your getaway into a hard-core workout by lugging around a 50-pound bag. Bring too little, and you won’t have enough options to get you through your vacation (which may encompass lots of different weather and the need for several pairs of shoes). So, what’s a wanderluster to do?

There’s a way to pack less and get more—and all you need to do is little math. Just as you can create a capsule wardrobe at home, you can also apply the method to your vacays.

“The formula is simple: Multiply the number of tops with the number of bottoms you plan to bring and that’s the number of outfits you’ll be able to create, as long as every top coordinates with every bottomThat’s the key.” —Wendy Mak, professional stylist and author

“The great thing about a travel capsule wardrobe is that you can make it as large or as compact as you wish,” Wendy Mak, author of The Capsule Wardrobe, told Afar. “The formula is simple: Multiply the number of tops with the number of bottoms you plan to bring and that’s the number of outfits you’ll be able to create, as long as every top coordinates with every bottomThat’s the key.”

According to Mak, all you need is six tops and four bottoms in your travel capsule wardrobe to create two dozen amazing outfit options. And if you want even more to choose from, add in a few jackets. Voilà! That 50-pound suitcase just turned into a small carry-on.

“Traveling light means you spend less time worrying about what to bring and can literally halve your current packing time. This leaves more time to focus on the fun aspects of your trip,” Mak said.

Less time sitting atop your suitcase while simultaneously wrestling the zipper to shut, and more time planning all the adventures ahead? Sounds like a crime against travel goals to not give this simple hack a try.

Here’s how Athleta’s CMO travels with just a shoulder bag. Also, try out these five rules for minimalist travel from the Marie Kondo of packing.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

What to buy from SoulCycle's sample sale

5 of the best buys from SoulCycle’s surprise online sample sale

Why women get migraines more than men do

Women suffer from more migraines than men, and a new study finally found a reason why

How to avoid getting drunk on a keto-style diet

How to *not* get wasted at happy hour when you’re on a keto-style diet

Woman typing on computer

The one thing you should *always* do to find cheaper flights online

Japanese Airbnbs for a Zen and restorative vacay

5 minimalist Zen dens in Japan where you can unwind on a restorative vacay

Plank series from Carrie Underwood's trainer

Sculpt your abs with this equipment-free plank series from Carrie Underwood’s trainer