Packing Simply for Indefinite Travel for Both Mom and Baby

July 5, 2017

I really thought I had this whole capsule wardrobe thing figured out when we left NYC for our new life of indefinite travel, but like most things, I’m learning as I go.

Two months in, after revising a couple times, I’m feeling really confident about what’s in my suitcase these days. Truth be told I’m a t-shirt and jeans girl. It’s who I am. Setting myself up with items I actually want to wear and will wear each day is essential. We are able to do laundry wherever we are so it’s possible to keep things super minimal, but having more t-shirts takes up less space and provides more options.

Owen’s clothes we nailed from the beginning, although as he starts to grow out of what we have here we will have to replace things, and there have been a couple items that have been ruined over the course of our travels.

The Packing Details You Don’t See

I thought I’d give you a visual and a break down of what made it into our suitcases for this leg of our trip, but first I’d like to note a few things:

1. The flap to the right of Owen’s clothes zips around and has two larger zip pockets. That’s where our swimsuits, undergarments and any other accessories are.
2. I have a very small bathroom bag and a couple zip-lock bags with liquids in them. Those toward the top of the backpack once it’s zipped up for easy access when going through security.
3. Along the back of the bag is a large compartment with a laptop sleeve. That’s where my computer is as well as my wallet, my book and glasses.
4. What helps maximize space is obviously wearing our heaviest pieces while we travel. We all carry our lightweight jackets if we’re not wearing them, sport our bulkiest sneakers and long pants.
5. All of Owen’s toys and books fit in his small backpack. This is my one personal item and his stroller is Zack’s.
6. Zack’s backpack is there for any overflow, but this time we nailed it. He carried diapers and the majority of our chargers and that sort of stuff.
7. Owen runs warm and sleeps in just a diaper. No pjs needed for this kid!


Packing List for Me

2 Dresses
5 T-shirts
3 Tanks
1 Blouse
1 Sweater (will most likely be switching this out before Iceland)
2 Pairs of Jeans
2 Pairs of Shorts
Running Shoes
Yoga Pants
Sports Bra
1 Pajama Set
Undergarments + Socks
2 Scarves / Bandanas
For details on exactly what items I packed click here.

Packing List for Owen

4 Pairs of Shorts
2 Pairs of Pants
2 Sweatshirts
2 Long-Sleeved Tees
5 T-shirts
1 Raincoat
2 Sneakers (one that fits now, one to grow into)
1 Rashguard/Swimsuit
For details on exactly what I packed for Owen click here.

We do laundry often, but it works well for us. I think we’ve finally hit our stride with this capsule wardrobe thing! Anything you guys have found helpful?

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  • Monique birt

    How do you navigate shopping to replace these staples in a foreign country? Just shop around locally or order online? Just curious ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Monique! So in Paris I did a little bit of shopping at Zara, but in Berlin I actually did an online order with Madewell. Replacing anything in Croatia is probably going to be a bit trickier! haha. Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Monique birt

        Yeah I’m sure it would be tricky!! Can’t wait to see what unique finds you stumble on while you are there

  • Thanks for the detailed post! I’m doing a 3 week trip to Europe later this summer where I’ll be in different climates so this is super helpful!

    • So happy to hear that Emily! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please let me know if you have any questions at all.

  • […] brave! I most follow along on Instagramย and just catch blog posts every now and then, but I read her post from this week that detailed the few clothing items she packed for their travels and have been […]

  • Can you do a post on packing beauty essentials? Are you able to find all your favorite products abroad? Have you found new products you enjoy more? Packing a capsule wardrobe is tricky but packing the most essential everyday beauty supplies is perhaps even more challenging?! ha! hope all is going well in Crotia!

    • I love that idea! I’m ultra basic with my beauty essentials, but I could absolutely do a little roundup. ๐Ÿ™‚ The only items I’ve had to purchase so far are shampoo, conditioner and body wash so I’ve been using all of my other normal items!

  • Sarah sophie

    Thanks for this wonderful packing list! It works great for me and my daughter! But what would you recommend for traveling in cooler climates? Or traveling in Winter? Could you so a packing list for this too? That would be great and super helpful!
    I’m from Munich, Germany, so I hope my english is OK ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Your English is perfect! Thanks so much for stopping by here. So we actually head to Iceland next and then Montreal and honestly not much will change aside from picking up a compact jacket & sweatshirt! That being said I realize these aren’t the coldest months ever. Keep your eyes peeled for another cooler climate capsule wardrobe!

  • Meagan Bird

    I’m so glad you have this post! Can you tell me what bags your family uses?

  • Stefanie Phelps

    Hi Hailey,

    I have been meaning to ask if you ended up taking a carseat for your travels and how that works? We are hoping to have a final trip to my home in Ecuador before my parents retire and am trying to figure out how to pack. Charles turns two in September so when we travel in November he will have his own seat. Just wondered if you had any feedback on that side of things. Saw that you often have to have a carseat . Thank you! Love your instagram.

    • Hey Stefanie,

      We actually didn’t bring a carseat with us. To be totally honest we never had one in NYC since we didn’t have a car. Luckily we’ve been able to arrange car services on travel days with car seats and have stayed in places that have efficient public transportation. Hvar, Croatia was the only exception and they don’t allow cars on the island – it’s primarily walking. Sorry if that’s not much help, but I always lean toward renting/borrowing or using modes of transportation that don’t require one!

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