one suitcase: winter vacation - checklist graphic

In my ongoing attempt to create checklists for all the One Suitcase features - I created one for the Winter Vacation One Suitcase. Hope you enjoy!

One Suitcase Winter Vacation Checklist:

Printable version:

If you'd like to visit the original posts with me wearing the outfits:
The method:
  1. Basics - First I pick some basics pieces to lay the foundation for the trip. I try to pick my favorite go-to clothes. Clothes I know I wear over and over. The ones that go with almost everything. For me, this usually involves  laying out my favorite jeans, warm sweaters and a pair of super comfy boots.

    For the basics in this capsule wardrobe I have chosen white, cream & blue as the base colors. I packed my favorite black & denim skinny jeans, black mini skirt, white button down shirt, chambray button down shirt, black long sleeve shirt, cream knit sweater and wool coat.
  2. Black long sleeved shirt - Target
    White button down blouse - Banana Republic
    Chambray shirt - Old Navy
    Cream cable knit sweater - H&M
    Black mini skirt - Gap
    Cream lady day coat - J.Crew
    Denim skinny jeans - Target
    Black skinny jeans - Target

  3. Interest - Second, I add a few interesting pieces to compliment the subtle basics. I look for pops of color or fun patterns or even texture (puffer vest!) that will make the basic pieces more exciting. I try to grab items that will compliment each other or at least be somewhat in the same color scheme. For me, I'd usually go for a striped top, a dress, patterned button up, colored sweaters/cardigans, interesting jacket and some type of fun bottom which in this case is a colored pencil skirt.

    For this capsule wardrobe I chose a fair isle sweater dress, striped long sleeve shirt, red plaid button down, green sweater, grey boyfriend cardigan, mustard pencil skirt, white puffer vest and leather jacket.
  4. Fair isle sweater dress - H&M 
    Green sweater - Polo Outlet
    Grey boyfriend cardigan - Target
    Red plaid shirt - Gap
    Black and white striped shirt - H&M 
    Faux leather jacket - Forever 21
    White puffer vest - Northface
    Mustard pencil skirt - J.Crew

  5. Accessories & Shoes - Finally, I add some accessories to complete the outfits. Jewelry, belts and scarves take up very little room and can dramatically alter how an outfit looks. Unfortunately, shoes is the area I still struggle with. I always want to bring just one more pair. But I've learned to limit myself to only either blacks or browns (depending on my clothes) and then nude/beige shoes go with everything.

    For this capsule wardrobe I chose two necklaces, one gold watch, three scarves and one pair of black tights (not pictured).  For shoes I packed riding boots, hunter wellies and black high heeled booties.
    Cream & Gold scarf - Target
    Black scarf - Target
    Mustard scarf - Target 
    Black ankle boot - Aldo
    Green "wellies" rain boots - Hunter 
    Brown riding boots - Macys  

    Gold link watch - Michael Kors
    Red bubble necklace - eBay
    Gold stone necklace - Target
Proof of concept - Here is everything all laid out and then put in my carry-on bag. (The one caveat is that I would carry/wear my winter coat and wear my brown boots while I travel - so they don't actually get packed in the bag.)

    Hope you enjoyed!


    1. I love your "one suitcase" posts. Great combinations using neutrals, punches of color and accessories. You inspire me!!

    2. As always, awesome. This totally guided my winter "Stay at Home Mom" capsule wardrobe inspiration. And your business travel one inspired my "Mama at Work" capsule wardrobe inspiration. Thanks so much!

    3. You are amazing! This is so awesome, and is going to save me SO MUCH TIME for my holiday packing!! Now if only you could solve my packing for a week in Peru, 2 cities, 1 bag, rainy/wintery season problem. :-)

      1. Thanks! Rain/winter is definitely hard! Hope you have a wonderful time!

    4. Thank you! You have no idea how helpful your Paris vacation list was for my Thanksgiving holiday. And now, I already have printed out the check list for my Winter vacation! Everyone is so intrigued to see just how I packed only a carry on and manage to wear a bunch of different outfits! Thanks again for this inspiration.

      Understated Classics

      1. Thanks! Your thanksgiving packing list was really cute too! I loved the layout!

    5. Do you have a printer friendly version of this list? I absolutely love these and want to print and laminate so that I can easily pack every winter from here on out!

      1. Added link to PDF under the image in the post above. Hope that lets you print it easily. If you have any issues - just let me know! :)

    6. This blog is the biggest inspiration for me, and I love how you can create such versatile outfits by repeating items! I am studying abroad for 5 months in the spring and decided to do posts inspired by you about what I'm going to pack. :D

      Here is the startup of my small fashion blog...I referenced you in my post. ^__^

      1. I'm so glad you find the blog useful!

        Yours is super cute! Thanks for sharing!

    7. Thank you so much for sharing this capsule! We are doing a weeklong vacay to Colorado in December and this has helped me select pieces to bring on the trip. Love your blog!

    8. Hi... i just wanted to take time out to say thank you for your post. You completely changed my outlook on clothing... that more is not always best. I have a wardrobe full of clothes that I never wear or just dont feel comfortable in or confident....nor cute:( but after finding your post I decided to give it a try... I ordered the clothing items listed and put them together like you have posted and I absolutely love the way I look and feel. I wasted so much money before but now I realize the importance of buying clothes that are versatile and that I feel great in. I would have never put some things together that you did....and I have never worn rainboots in my life lol... but it all compliments each other so well and I feel so good. I used to purchase things on a whim a lot.. and thats how I ended up with so many clothes that I don't even like. I'm going to sell the items that I dont need and from now on do capsule wardrobes... less wasted money, less stress, and less laundry.... from now on I am going to shop with a purpose..... Thank you, Thank you, Thank you


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