How To Pack A Capsule Suitcase
You’ve heard of a capsule wardrobe, but what about a capsule suitcase? Well, if you’re off on your holidays soon, you’ll probably be thinking about what to pack. Or if you’re anything like my husband, it’ll all be thrown in the night before!
Most of us start off our packing with good intentions. We think we’ll only pack the basics and the things we need. Then as we pack more, we appear to need more! Familiar? You’ve put your shorts, t-shirts, swimwear etc in. Then you think perhaps jeans for the way home. Then a raincoat (just in case). Plus a few cardigans and maybe a jumper as it might get chilly. Then the endless pairs of shoes – because you need sandals for the beach, trainers for walking, heels for the evening…
It goes on. Then if you’re flying you have to consider the limit you can take with you.
So, This ‘Capsule Suitcase?’
Although the sound of a capsule suitcase is pretty limited, if you think it through you should have all you need to travel light.
Personally, we usually do driving holidays abroad, so I do have the luxury of adding a few extra bits. But I still have to consider the kid’s things (toys, snacks and pillows take up loads of space!) as well as my husband’s luggage and stuff for the car.
The other thing we do is travel from place to place on the same trip. So we are constantly checking in and checking out of bed and breakfasts, so having a capsule suitcase benefits us for that too.
Ten Essential Items For Your Capsule Suitcase
Packing for a hot summer holiday is far easier than if you were trekking up Mount Everest for your vacation. You will need mainly light clothing, which gives you more space.
So here are ten of my holiday essentials (and I am in fact travelling off to Italy next week, so this is my actual capsule suitcase!):
1. Midi Dress
I love midi dresses, especially if they are a bit floaty when it’s hot. This one is from Matalan (and was gifted) and folds up nicely. The green colour and animal print is lovely and vibrant. It’s the right length for walking around the towns (a maxi could get all dusty) and goes well with trainers or heels.
This come in regular and petite.
2. Wrap Dress
This is from Shein and will be great for the beach, or having cocktails in the evening. It’s quite long, so may need wedges. Would be great over a swimsuit, or for long hot days.
It does expose the legs, so top up on the Skinny Tan beforehand, and the shoulder straps are adjustable.
3. Culotte Jumpsuit
These are everywhere at the moment, so I may make another purchase before my holidays! (Ooops, got to stick to the minimum!). I think they are stylish and really comfortable. I like the three quarter length jumpsuits for the warm weather.
You could dress them down for a casual look when exploring. Or dress up for dinner in the evening. Perfect for going from day to night.
4. Floral Print Trousers
I find lightweight trousers so comfortable and I’ll be wearing a pair when we are on the road. They are great for travelling in, throwing on in the evening, or wearing to and from the beach.
I have three pairs – from Silkfred, New Look, Next and H&M. But only one will go in the suitcase.
5. Lace Top
Lace is lovely to wear and so stylish. My pink strappy top was in the Dorothy Perkins sale. This would be perfect teamed with cut offs, Capri pants or linen trousers.
6. Kimono Cardigan
I’ve had a New Look kimono floral cover up for years. It’s been on all sorts of holidays with me and is great for the beach and for cool summer evenings. If you are sitting on the bar terrace or walking into town, kimonos are nice and light to put in your bag until you need them.
I normally pack a couple of bikinis (and to be honest, if I put another one in there I’d probably be alright for space). This two piece is really cute. Almost a tankini and really stylish. A steal from Shein (great for bargains, but check the reviews and sizing of everything before you buy).
The bottoms are high waisted and great for covering up.
8. Straw Hat
A must when it’s hot, and if I’m honest I usually forget all about taking a hat. Then as soon as I get on holiday I spend time searching for one! So this time I am prepared. Another Shein bargain (I was on the site, so purchased multiple items), but straw hats can be picked up anywhere.
I personally like the ‘mini me’ collection at Matalan, where you can get Mum and daughter matching sun hats. But my daughter refuses to wear a straw hat at the moment!
9. Straw Bag
These are everywhere right now. This one is pre-loved and has an inside zip (which is good for walking around towns and markets full of tourists) and a long strap to go on the shoulder.
Great for packing in the suitcase and wearing to the poolside or beach. These are from Boohoo and have a nice chunky sole and buckle detail.
I got these at the end of last summer, but it’s given me a chance to wear them a few times so I don’t end up with blisters on holiday!
What Else Will I Need in My Capsule Suitcase?
- I love to take travel toiletries, so I have a mini Tropic cleanser and moisturiser. Of course you’ll need your toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and sun cream etc.
- When it comes to makeup, take what you need only! Don’t take your whole makeup bag with different tones of foundation, palettes of eyeshadows and five different lip glosses. Think about what you’ll wear in the heat during the day (if anything at all) and perhaps in the evening. Maybe a mascara, bronzer, concealer and eyebrow pencil.
- If you want to keep your luggage really light, get an eyebrow and lash tint before you go.
- Wear your trainers whilst travelling, as it’ll save suitcase space! You may want those for walking around. Mine are from Next.
- Take a lightweight rain jacket that can be folded up neatly.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses!
Of course you’ll need other bits such as underwear (goes without saying!), and it’s fine to pack an extra sundress, vest top or pair of shorts. These things are lightweight and small.
Don’t forget your passport, camera and cash – and enjoy your holiday!