The thumb rule is to travel light! Don’t overstuff your backpack or suitcase with things you don’t need. As a frequent traveler, I can suggest the clothes to pack and things to chuck off for all types of travel.
To make the packing realistic, you must keep certain things in mind. Get some ideas about the current weather of the place, know your itinerary and what activities will happen during your vacay, and roll up your outfits to save some space in the packing bag.
Also, never forget the compression packing cubes. You absolutely need them for organized packing.
So, How Many Clothes to Pack for a 10-Day Trip?
If your traveling does not involve a lot of activities and attending special occasions, you can stick to the basics. Include more tops, socks, and innerwear in your bag, and keep the number of jeans or trousers low. However, if you have a wedding or any special event to attend, include the outfit and its accessories first.
These occasions come with more than one event to dress up. So, know the event details before you decide on the clothes to pack.
Nevertheless, let us consider you are on your holidays without any special occasion to attend. In such cases, your bag should have the following:
1. Four Bottoms:
You will need at least four bottoms when traveling for ten days. However, if you are off to a place where it is raining at that time, has inadequate laundry facilities, or you are on your menstrual period, you can even include five bottoms in your bag.
You can infuse variety when you include lowers in your clothes to pack. Grab jeans that are simple and comfortable without too much flashy detailing or ripped effect. Even if you have read or researched about the place beforehand, you cannot be fully aware of its beliefs and culture.
Along with jeans, you can also pick chinos, denim capris and shorts, cotton pants, cargo pants, and skirts.
2. Five Tops:
Five tops should be included when you choose and pick the clothes to pack for a 10-day trip. Some pay can call it over-packing, but my experience is stuffing your bag with five tops is safe when you are on a 10-day trip. There is a thin line between generous packing and over-packing, and there is no harm in taking the generous path.
In tops (for women), pick basic shirts, tees, and short tunics, and be very careful about their fabric. The tops should be comfortable and minimalistic. If you are traveling with your spouse, partner, or friends, you can even pick the most in-trend corset top to flaunt your curves and scale up the oomph factor. Your vacay pictures will surely set social media ablaze.
As always, men have fewer choices than women when it comes to topwear! Simple and classy shirts, polo T-Shirts, and graphic T-Shirts can be their choice.
3. Two Jackets, Coats, Shrugs, or Blazers for Layering
These layering elements will always come in handy if you want to don a smart causal look for your vacation. However, you don’t need to include more than two outer-layer outfits when you choose your clothes to pack for a 10-day trip.
Ensure the jackets, blazers, or any other layering element you choose complements one/two of the bottoms you choose. Otherwise, the look will be a disaster.
Again, you don’t need to be too opulent with your blazer, coat, jacket, or shrug unless you have a special occasion to attend or the place you visit demands so. Denim and corduroy outer layers can be the best choices in this regard.
4. Two Dresses for Women and Two Suits for Men
Oscar Wilde said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” So, don’t pay hid when someone asks you not to consider your beautiful dresses or suits in the clothes to pack for travel.
Imagine a couple riding the gondola in Venice. The woman looks ethereal in a sensual Bardot dress and Chanel earrings, while the man impersonates masculine charm in a conventional suit. Couples always find places and moments to indulge in romance, even if they are traveling to a very humble destination.
So, for those amorous moments, don’t miss your dresses or suits.
5. Innerwear: Five to Six Sets
Be it a man or woman, you will need at least five to six underwear sets when traveling for 10 days. Especially if you are traveling to a place with minimal laundry facilities, like steep mountains or remote areas, you have to carry this much as you just can’t compromise hygiene.
Women, you need to be extra careful with your lingerie and get your tampons and menstrual cups handy along with the innerwear if you have impending period dates or irregular period cycles.
Further, don’t forget to pack your socks and pick a minimum of five pairs, as you can’t stink!
So, 4/5 bottoms, 5 tops, 2 dresses/suits, and 5/6 sets of innerwear and socks are what you need to include in your clothes to pack for a 10-day trip. Be equally careful about the accessories and makeup essentials you are choosing.
I mean, if you want to try new eyeshadow looks with different outfits during travel, it’s impossible if you leave your palette at home.
Most importantly, choose your shoes wisely. Sneakers are always safe and smart choices, irrespective of the topography and climate of your travel destination. Nonetheless, choose shoes that are breathable, have comfy mid-soles, and offer good traction.
So, it’s time to pack your bags and get going. Bon voyage!