What should I pack? It's the first question on everyone’s mind when they’ve just booked a trip.

Don't worry - The Vivienne Files includes suggestions about all kinds of travel capsule wardrobes: warm weather, cold weather, business, leisure, weekend travel, and long trips. I'm sure there are suggestions in these posts to give you ideas and inspiration and keep you from packing your entire wardrobe!

Not sure what to wear on the plane? Check out my Template for Your Travel Outfit.

Carry-On Travel Capsule Wardrobes

If you need insight on minimal packing, read How to Pack Light: The "Whatever's Clean" 13 Capsule Wardrobe. The following posts provide a variety of travel capsule wardrobes that are small enough to fit in a carry-on bag but versatile enough to take you from day to night for an entire week.

Business Travel Capsule Wardrobes

Travelling for work is stressful enough without having to worry about what to wear. Find packing inspiration for your next business trip in the following articles:

Leisure Travel Capsule Wardrobes - Warm Weather

Whether you’re packing for a relaxing beach holiday or a whirlwind summer tour of Europe, warm weather packing provides its own set of challenges. The following articles will help you pack for those hot summer days:

Leisure Travel Capsule Wardrobes – Cool or Uncertain Weather

Weather can be just plain unpredictable sometimes, but you don’t have to let it spoil your holiday. The following capsule wardrobes will help you pack for cool or uncertain weather, keeping you warm and dry no matter what the temperature.

Packing With Scarves

Nothing dresses up a capsule wardrobe like a great scarf – and they are light and easy to pack. No other accessory offers this much versatility in your capsule wardrobe, so why not let a scarf (or two) inspire your travel capsule wardrobe…


  1. I'm traveling to Spain for 12 days this July and I'm so confused with how many pieces I should pack! I know the colors I want (navy, khaki with coral and seagreen accent) but I can't figure out what of what color I should bring to get the best variety. Can you help? Or point me in the direction of a post that can?

  2. It is so inspiring to look at your suggestions. I will be going to New York in Aug for the first time for about 10days. I am Asian Chinese. Can you suggest something please.

  3. I need suggestions for a very active no frills trip to australia and new zealand in february/march

  4. 20 day Caribbean cruise - will be going to all the formal dinners. Is it possible for a plus size woman to pack light? I love your blue/grey combinations but I do have a long, sleeveless, black jersey-knit dress that I love to take because it is so east to wear with dressy tops for formal nights.