How to Pack a Travel-Friendly Holiday-Appropriate Wardrobe with as Few Items as Possible

The holidays are a time of being with friends and family, and for some people, that means having to travel in order to make that a reality. Whether it involves air, plane, or automobile, there will be tons of travellers heading out in the next couple of weeks on holidays and mini-breaks. Because it’s the holidays, there’s also a good chance that you may be packing some extra items that you don’t usually take with you, and that would be gifts for your loved ones. This leaves you even less space in your luggage than you were already dealing with.

So, how can you ensure that you pack everyone’s parcels and still find room for a holiday-appropriate wardrobe? Here are some tips that can help you out and make packing much less time-consuming and stressful.

Make Use of Wardrobe Basics

When you’re trying to cut down on the number of items you are packing, it is an excellent time to make use of wardrobe basics. These are the building blocks of a cohesive outfit, they are the pieces that pull everything together and allow it to flow. What’s great about basics is the fact that you can use them in so many ways.

Take, for example, an Off-White t-shirt. It may seem like a simple item but think of the many ways you can style it. It can work with just about any clothing piece and accessory. By throwing an Off-White hoodie over the t-shirt and pairing it with your favourite denim, you have a comfy outfit for lounging. You can then use that same t-shirt and pair it with black trousers and slinky cardigan with embellishment and you’ve got a holiday-ready outfit.

Besides a simple plain t-shirt other wardrobe basics, include a tank top or camisole, a pair of dark wash denim, a heavy or chunky sweater ideal for the cold, dressy trousers, a wrap, and a blouse.

Pick One Colour Palette

Another trick as you start to gather up the items to pack is to stick with one colour palette. The reason behind this thinking is that everything will then be able to mix and match with each other. You will be able to create all kinds of outfits from just a small handful of pieces. If you veer outside the colour palette and start packing a bunch of prints and various colours, you’re going to have a very hard time making multiple outfits out of the same pieces.

Let the Accessories Do the Talking

Sometimes it can seem rather dull to pack nothing but mix and match basics, but this is where accessories can come in really handy. Pack a few pieces of jewellery, a beautiful scarf or wrap, or a statement belt and you’ll find that these items will transform the clothing. Accessories add a sense of trendiness and fashion to even the most basic of outfits.

Pick One Special Holiday Item

Because it’s the holidays, there’s a good chance you will want to have one special outfit. Rather than packing a whole separate outfit though, pick one item that really screams the holiday season. That could be a Christmas-red blouse, a cardigan with sequins or beads, or even an ugly Christmas sweater if that’s more your speed. You will only be dressing in that special way for one day, so you don’t want to use up all kinds of space in your luggage.

Scale Back to Two Pairs of Footwear

This particular tip can be the hardest one of all to follow. Many people are guilty of owning all kinds of shoes and it’s only natural to want to wear different ones with different outfits. The problem is that you just won’t have space for multiple pairs of footwear. Ideally, you want to cut it down to just two pairs, and one of those needs to be appropriate for the winter weather outside. That could mean you wear a pair of comfy warm boots and pack a pair of more dressy shoes.

Use Smart Packing Tips

The final trick is to make use of smart packing tips. There are all kinds of ways to save space in your luggage, including putting shoes on the bottom of the suitcase and then packing things inside them, rolling your clothes rather than folding them, and wear the bulkiest items so they don’t take up room in your suitcase.

You’ll Have Everything You Need without Running Out of Space

Each of these tips is designed to help you put together a holiday-appropriate travel wardrobe that will feature all the important basics and a few fun pieces, all without having to bring an additional suitcase just to fit it all. Remember, the more free space you leave in your luggage, the more space you’ll have to bring back goodies that you pick up while on holidays.



  1. has a regular traveler these are good tips

  2. Thanks for the great tips. I tend to overpack but will now be able to feel more confident by using basics and embellishing them with accessories. This was an awesome feature to read for a traveler at holiday time especially.

  3. Kristi Friesen says

    This is really helpful. I like to pack light but never know what to pick so that I’m all set.

  4. Thanks for the tips; they will be useful for our next vacation.

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