You may already know that I always try to come up with way to travel light and stick to a travel capsule wardrobe. For our trip in Bali, I applied this genius packing strategy and it was a game changer and it’s as simple as counting backwards.
I try to create a travel capsule wardrobe, but no matter how much I tried to make sure that everything fits well together, there were still some items of clothing I end up wearing the most and some I don’t end up wearing at all. I decided to apply a ‘6,5,4,3,2,1’ approach, which helped me evaluate the items I wear the most and least, and pack accordingly. The premise is simple. You use these numbers as a quantity guideline for each clothing items you’re going to pack. Since I predominantly wear t-shirts or tops, I packed 6 pcs varying from t-shirts, blouse, tops and shirts, followed by bottoms, then dresses, swimwear, shoes, and a hat.
Once I’ve narrowed down the quantity, I then make sure that all of them go well together by sticking to a color palette. I also bring clothes that I can wear both day and night. I wore this jumpsuit for instance out sightseeing and wore it on another occasion for dinner. Here’s what I packed and wore for 2 weeks in Bali.
Verdict: This approach helped me realistically evaluate what I normally wear on a beach holiday which is shorts and t-shirts, and dresses. I got dressed a lot faster, and never repeated an outfit combination even on days when I was running low on clean clothes. It felt like I managed to really make use of all the clothes I packed, even pulling a few insta-worthy outfits into the mix.