Here’s a few of the outfit options you can put together from just 11 pieces of clothing: 1 Outerwear, 2 Sweaters, 1 Blouse/Button down, 2 layering tanks, 2 tees/tops, 2 jeans/pants, and 1 dress. The visual list can be found here. This is by no means every possible combination, just some examples to illustrate that you can make a few items of clothing go a long way. If you’ve got room in your luggage for some of the optional items I listed then your travel wardrobe stretches even a bit further.
You want an airplane outfit to be comfortable but by wearing your bulkiest layers you can keep your suitcase light. The extra layers will also help you deal with the temperature changes during your travel day.
By sticking to a neutral color palette and packing basic items you can mix and match travel outfits easily. Here’s an example of just a few of the travel ensembles you can put together. Your shoe choice dresses your outfit up or down. I chose the Converse sneakers from the Packing Essentials list because flats do tend to bother my feet after a few hours of walking.
Sometimes our travel activities call for nice dinners or going to special events in which case a dress is the way to go. Ideally, choose a versatile dress that can go from day to evening. If I know that my travel activities will lead into the evening without a return to the hotel then I wear dressier layers such as a blouse or button down shirt and boots.
Remember, if you are doing laundry on the road these 11 essential items for Fall and Spring travel can last from a week to months. Cheers and happy packing!