How many outfits do you pack for a one week vacation?

How many outfits do you pack for a one-week holiday?

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The Fashion Police don’t believe in travelling  light. Well, there are just too many amazing outfits in the world to want to leave them all at home, isn’t there? And don’t even get us started on the shoes…

Even we, chronic-over-packers that we are, however, think we’d possibly struggle to get through 28 outfits in the course of a week. That, according to our old friends at the Daily Mail, is what the “average woman” (Who, by the way, we’d LOVE to meet one day, wouldn’t you?) takes with her for a one-week vacation. It works out at four outfit changes per day. Which initially sounded like rather a lot to us, but then we started to work it out, and, well:

  • One outfit for the beach, i.e. swimsuit/bikini and coverup
  • One outfit for lunch, shopping, etc.
  • One outfit for going out in the evening
We’re already up to 21 outfits, and that’s not taking into consideration the days we go sightseeing, or the outfits we wear to travel in. Mind you, it’s ALSO not taking into consideration the fact that we’d probably re-wear at least some of those (The horror! People wearing outfits more than once! What is the world coming to?), which would reduce that total significantly, and indicate that we’re probably not the “average” woman as far as holiday packing is concerned.
What about you, though? How many outfits would you take for a one-week vacation? And how many would you actually wear, which can be an entirely different thing?

9 Comments

  • July 11, 2012

    Annie

    14. One for the day, one for the evening. I hate not having enough options. I’d only need two shorts, several good tops, and maybe two dresses. I’d wear it all, but maybe only for two minutes. In front of the mirror.

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  • July 11, 2012

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    I just packed for a 9-day-vacation and it’s 27 outfits. Mind you, everything goes with everything, so the amount of clothes packed is very much less than that. It fit into a medium sized suitcase, with shoes, books, toiletries and a huge beach towel. I am a little proud of myself now 🙂

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  • July 11, 2012

    Carolina W

    I’d bring clothes to walk around in, then I’d bring stuff to sleep in. I really don’t see the need to change your clothes just because the sun goes down.

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  • July 12, 2012

    Bayon

    I’ve recently been learning about packing light–learning how to stuff a week’s worth of clothes into a carry on. So this shocked me a bit.

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  • July 12, 2012

    naiadknight

    Thanks to the magic of rewearing clothing, when Geek and I take those extended vacations, we can cram everything for both of us into one suitcase. One outfit per day, plus two changes in case of bad luck, plus swimsuit, plus just-in-case slacks, plus an extra pair of shoes for each of us, in addition to toiletries and such. On the other hand, we take two laptops, two tablets, and two pillows in addition to that, so we don’t really pack “light.”

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  • July 12, 2012

    lizvocal

    Changing in the evening could be because the dinner place is fancy, or the clothes during the day got sweated through or dotted with gelato, if you are really lucky. I try to pack stuff that goes together, and enough outfits for day and evening, if needed. And stuff that is easy to wash in a sink if need be! For my two week trip across Italy and France and a week on a cruise at the end, I only took one rolling duffle, but it was *packed*. The cruise meant packing formal wear, too. Thank Goddess she invented travel knit. 🙂

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  • July 14, 2012

    Jane

    Are we counting pajamas?

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  • July 14, 2012

    Rhiannon

    16 outfits. 2 plane outfits, 7 day outfits, 7 night outfits. I like to make sure I have at least one more day and night outfit than necessary just incase I need a spare – if I spill something, or tear something, or whatever.

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  • July 15, 2012

    Kota

    For travel, what I take really depends on where I’m going and what I’m doing. However, assuming an urban trip, I would take three pairs of pants (1 nice, 1 casual), 3 tops (ditto), and a dress; all in black and white. That’s not including night wear and lingerie. Where the variety comes in would be my accessories. It’s amazing how different an outfit of a simple white button-up shirt and black slacks looks with a colorful scarf.

    P.S. Ladies, always, ALWAYS, take a large scarf on a trip to anywhere (heck, I keep one in my purse at all times). It’s amazing all the uses you’ll find for one. And they’re practically weightless and take up no room in your bag! Just a few of the uses I’ve found for them: sun shade, shopping bag, cover-up, stain hider, shoulder/neck warmer, and many others.

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