Traveling with a baby requires many things – a sense of adventure, humour, patience, and a lot of luggage. It’s hard to believe such a little being would require so much stuff, but there it is. So, by necessity, your own traveling accoutrements have to be whittled down to the bare minimum. Hard to do when you’re a born over-packer like me.
See, I like to be prepared. For every possible contingency, and then some. And, on top of that, I like to have options. I mean, how I can predict today what I’m going to feel like wearing a week from now? In a different city, no less. Best to have a few things to choose from, no? Well, with one thing and the other, I have often packed half my closet for a week’s vacation before. Now, that is simply not possible … nor is it really practical. Gone are the days when I would have the time to ponder between multiple outfits, tweaking each one just so. Grab ‘n go is my new motto – and pray that everything matches. So, to sum up, my vacation wardrobe has to be small, versatile, comfortable (for those long days of sight-seeing), and child-friendly (aka machine-washable).
The hard work I have put into adopting a more minimalist approach has paid off, again. I am proud to say that for my 6-day trip to Vancouver next week, I have managed to put together my shortest – but not on style! – packing list ever. Less than 20 pieces in total, shoes included! Here’s the breakdown:
Dak-wash skinny jeans
Green chinos
Leopard-print dress
Floral tunic dress/top
Black skirt
Striped print top
Striped knit top
Colourful tank top
Simple black tank top
Print tank top
Orange cardigan
Black cardigan
Tan trench coat
Tortoiseshell flats
Blue kitten heels
Brown leather boots
Rubber wellies

Here is a look at a few of the outfits I could put together with these pieces:

Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch; tank, Juicy Couture; cardigan, Razzmatazz;
flats, Taryn Rose; bag, Mulberry
Tunic, Zara; tank, Tristan; cardigan, Banana Republic;
leggings, CK; boots, Winners

top, Joe Fresh; pants, Joe Fresh; shoes, Jules + James;
necklace, Banana Republic
Dress, unknown; boots, Winners; bag, Mulberry
Skirt, Zara; top, Gilmour; cardigan, Banana Republic; 
leggings, CK; wellies, Winners
Jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch; top, Anthropologie; shoes, Jules + James;
necklace, Banana Republic
Skirt, Zara; tank, Juicy Couture; trench, Gap; flats, Taryn Rose;
necklace, Banana Republic
You might wonder why I doubled up on the stripes with two similar tops, and the answer is simple. Weather. One is a lightweight cotton top I can wear on warm days with either of the two pairs of pants, or the skirt. The other is a heavier knit material, perfect for colder/rainier days, which also works with the same pieces without the need for an additional layer. 
All in all, I think this is a great travel-capsule wardrobe, which will hopefully take me through any of the contingencies that Vancouver – and my rambunctious son – might throw my way.

Now, the only thing left to decide is … what nail polish to wear. Suggestions?

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