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5 Top Tips for Packing a Travel Capsule Wardrobe for Long Trips

Capsule wardrobes make it possible to travel with a minimal but stylish collection of your clothes. The aim of a capsule wardrobe is to have a selection of interchangeable items, without having an unnecessary amount of clothes you don’t wear – or carry.

Here’s what you need to know to create your own perfect capsule wardrobe.

Travel Capsule Wardrobe

T Shirts

Before I adopted the capsule wardrobe mentality, I had way too many t shirts. More than I could care to count to tell you the truth, and this made it extremely time consuming whenever I was packing for a long trip. I managed to cut down my collection to only those that still fit, and those that were functional.

Here are a few varieties of t shirts I have in my capsule wardrobe:

  • Crew neck 
  • Polo Shirt
  • Long sleeved t Shirt
  • Baseball t shirt

I like to keep a variety of each style including different colours and materials, as I want my outfits to be as varied and interchangeable as possible. Any occasion calls for a t shirt, that’s what makes them so great, the amount of variety out there means there is something for everyone. You can even add you own unique style with a personalised t shirt from a personalised clothing company like Banana Moon Clothing.


Another hugely versatile item, again with many materials and styles available to suit any taste. When putting together my travel capsule wardrobe I maintain the same style and functionality mentality. 

Here a few of the styles of trousers I have in my capsule wardrobe:

  • Jeans
  • Chinos
  • Smart Trousers
  • Shorts

As you can see, I have covered all bases in just 4 styles, and unlike t shirts I tend to keep fewer pairs of trousers on hand, but I always make sure |I have some quality jeans for day to day activities which require something a little more hard-wearing, and a pair of smart trousers for any formal events I may have to attend.


Now this one I find it hard to keep to a minimum as I am a shoe fiend and a proud one at that, but everyone has their vice, right? Despite this I still manage to keep a small capsule of suitable footwear for any long travel journey. The key here is to find pairs that are comfortable and hard-wearing.

Here are a few of the shoe styles I have in my capsule wardrobe:

  • Comfortable trainers
  • Dress shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Casual boots

When packing for your long-term trip footwear choice is really important, as these are potentially heavy items that take up valuable space in your suitcase. I always keep a pair of comfortable trainers, some casual boots that are also comfortable and heard wearing, and a solid pair of waterproof walking/hiking boots. When packing for you travels, bag choice is just as important, you can see the different types of travel bags here.


Coats are another item that take up a lot of space, and you can quickly amount quite a collection, especially heavier winter coats, as many people buy a new one each year without much thought that their existing winter coat has only a few months of use. As with any garment in your capsule wardrobe, a few styles can cover a lot of needs.

Here are a few of the coats I have in my capsule wardrobe:

  • Heavy winter coat
  • Wind breaker
  • Denim jacket
  • Waterproof jacket

Having a heavy winter coat is a must, especially for the British winters, but when you are travelling these may be heavy and take up valuable space. To combat this, a packable waterproof jacket is a must, especially when worn over other layer of clothing to offer you any warmth you may need.


I could not live with myself if loungewear didn’t make it into my capsule wardrobe. I have found the older I get the more I enjoy slipping into a comfy pair of joggers and a big jumper. When you are travelling home comforts can feel a million miles away, so to conquer this I always pack some comfortable clothing, and more often than not I find myself wearing this type of outfit travel in, as comfort on a long-haul is essential.

Here are a few of the loungewear items that made it into my capsule wardrobe:

  • Hoodie
  • Joggers/sweatpants
  • Big sweater
  • Dressing gown.

As comfortable as loungewear can be, when you are travelling you may not have a huge need, apart from relaxing on days off and during so pack light here!

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