We’re on the road for the next five weeks so I knew that I needed to pack smart and light. Our travel is mostly work with a little downtime mixed in. Our current plans include Spain, The Netherlands, and USA as well as work meetings (including a fundraiser), casual hangouts, family time, and a wedding. For the two formal events we have to attend, I’m planning to rent dresses. I don’t have enough reason to buy new dresses and I also couldn’t afford ethical options at this time. I’ve never done this before so I’m excited to give it a try!

Because I didn’t have the pressure to pack formal wear, I decided to keep things really simple. Pieces that can be layered and that are versatile were top priority because we will be in different climates and settings throughout our time away. As you can see, I managed to pack for 5 weeks with everything on this rack. This doesn’t include pajamas or the couple of comfy outfits I packed for hanging around the house.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 4 pairs of pants: 1 pair of black dress pants; 1 pair of dark skinny jeans; 2 pairs of flowy pants. All of these can be worn in a formal setting or casually with a tee and sneakers.

  • 11 shirts: This includes casual tees, both short and long sleeved; 1 sweater; 1 sweatshirt; 1 button down chambray; and 1 formal top.

  • 1 black jumpsuit: A go-to item for me, this jumpsuit can be worn by itself, with a cardigan or jacket, heels or sneakers - it’s awesome!

  • 3 jackets: 1 bomber; 1 leather; 1 lightweight peacoat

  • 2 pairs of shoes: 1 pair of sneakers and 1 pair of slide-on loafers

  • 2 bags: my go-to leather carry all and a small leather black bag for formal settings


So there you have it! I used to be a hardcore over-packer. I’d take 1 large suitcase jammed full for a weekend getaway. Over the years of frequent travel I’ve learned what’s necessary and what’s not. Also as I mentioned in my last post, adhering to a minimal wardrobe makes packing super easy because everything can be mixed and matched. Even though I don’t have a lot with me, I’ll be able to make up plenty of unique combinations to get me through the next five weeks.