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If, like us at Antler, you’ve got the travel bug, you’ll no sooner be back from one holiday and you’ll be thinking of your next adventure.

Whether it’s an exciting exploration of a faraway land, a relaxing beach treat or a busy city break, mastering the art of Capsule Packing will help lighten the packing load of holiday preparations and give you a fast getaway to fun!

We’ve mastered the art of packing everything you need for your getaway within an 10kg cabin case allowance and without the stress. All you need is a lightweight suitcase and our great tips  .. and you’ll be ready to #grablifebytheantlers

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Pack a Few Days Ahead

Avoid any last minute stress by packing a few days ahead. This leaves plenty of time to edit out your “just in case” items, buy any missing essentials, and avoid last minute panic buys at the airport!

Decide your Colour Palette

Key to looking stylishly dressed within a 10kg baggage allowance is Capsule Packing and step one is choosing your colour palette.

This is easier than it sounds (honestly) and makes packing easier and faster, whatever the trip.

Simply decide one neutral “base” and one or two “accent” colours for your trip.

Base colours are usually black, brown, grey, navy or taupe. Pick one and use for all your staples i.e. Dress, shorts, trousers and skirts.

Accent colours are usually lighter and coordinate with your base colour.  Choose one or two colours and use for all items to go with your staples…i.e.. jumpers, , T-shirts, tops.

Not only is your wardrobe guaranteed to work together magically, you’ll minimize the shoes, bags and accessories you need to take, saving valuable space and kg’s in your luggage.

Plan…but don’t over plan

Part of the stress of packing is working out what to wear at every moment over the coming days.

Simplify this by working out what are the key things you’re going to do – dinner in smart / casual restaurant, day time sight seeing, lounging by the pool etc…then plan what kind of things you’ll want to wear, and roughly how many you’ll need.

In no time you’ll have a short list of the key essentials items you need…. for instance…

Casual evening outfit x 1
Casual day time outfits x 2
Pool wear …etc

! Top Tip
Comfort is key. Plan something to relax in when you return from your days activities, as well as what you wear when you’re out.

The Big Layout

Lay out the key staples in your chosen neutral colour, then add tops, t shirts, etc in your accent colour to create different outfits.

Aim for 2 or 3 different outfits from each staple and your holiday wardrobe will quickly come to life.

!  Top Tip
Planning to wear something different every day is the fastest way to an overloaded suitcase.  Well-chosen staples mix and match with different accessories to give you different looks from the same few items.

Think Multi Functional

Items that “double up” for day or night wear are vital to keeping things simple and lightweight.

A pair of shorts will go with 2 or 3 different tops on different days, adding a belt and switching footwear will change the look.


Capsule Packing is a game changer when it comes to shoes – 2 pairs is all you’ll need.

Travelling in on-trend pumps or trainers keeps your suitcase lightweight, and is a great capsule extra for both day & night time looks.

For a beach break, pop in your fave flip flops.

Outfit Creation and Editing

With everything laid out, play about with different combinations and looks, and think through how it will all work together to see you through the holiday.

Now’s the time to edit out any items you’re unsure about, or that don’t fit with the mix-and-match holiday wardrobe you’re creating.  A Capsule Packed suitcase contains the smallest number of items that work together and multi task to create all the looks you need, and no more. (Remind yourself of all the times you’ve wasted on return from your holiday laundering clothes you never wore).

Complete the process by selecting underwear and socks.

Make a short list of any key essentials you need to buy, if any, but stay focused!

! Top Tip
Take photos of some key combinations you really like. It can make getting ready on holiday even easier.

Toiletries and Techie Stuff

Avoid security check stress by investing in some refillable 100ml plastic toiletry bottles and tubs.

By decanting all your regular toiletries into these handy bottles, you can take all your regular personal items in your hand baggage, without the worry of a mistakenly-packed, over 100ml item being confiscated. You’ll sail through security with your hand baggage with ease.

The other option would be to buy an Antler case that contains a clear toiletries bag in the front pocket for such an occasion. Take a look at our Oxygen or Atmosphere luggage here to help make your pre-travel preparation easier.

! Top Tip
Keep a toiletries bag at home, filled with all the personal and techie items you only use on holiday – including your 100ml refillable bottles, travel plug, luggage scale, etc. – so everything you need is in one “go to” place when you need it.

Save any toiletry samples or travel sized items, and just select from it when you’re ready to go on another adventure.

Crease–free Packing

Now you’ve decided what to pack, the secret to arriving with a crease-free case is knowing how to pack.  It’s all in the rolling and folding!

Fold: Trousers, jeans & shorts are best folded. As these items are heaviest, place these items in your suitcase first.

Roll: T-shirts, vests and tops are best rolled. Lay one on top of the other, in a pile, ensuring the most likely to crease item is on the bottom, then roll up carefully into one big roll, which will have the mostly easily creased items on the outside.

Place the roll in the suitcase alongside the folded items.

Hang: Dresses, blouses and shirts are the most likely to crease, and so are best to be hung as long as possible.

To do this, hang onto lightweight hangers, and place inside a plastic covers.  Leave hanging until the latest time possible, then fold all together in 2 or 3 folds, and transfer to the top of the suitcase. Take out and hang as soon as you arrive at your destination.

Socks & Underwear: Depending on how much room you have, you can use socks and underwear to squeeze into corners and spare spaces.  This not only makes use of the space, but helps keep the rolled and folded items securely in place.

Alternatively, you can buy handy lightweight “Travel Pack” bags, which keep like-items together, making it easy to find these small items when you arrive.

Shoes: Pack into shoe bags to protect clean clothes.

Toiletries:  A block-bottomed toiletries bag is useful as items “stand” in it, and are easy to find. Always put the closed toiletries bag in a carrier bag or two, in case of leakages.

Top Tip

Keep plastic covers from dry cleaning to cover hanging items for your holiday packing. Hanging items in the bathroom as soon as you arrive is a hassle – free way to remove any creases. Let the steam do the work!

Now you know the art of Capsule Packing, you’ll be ready to go on your next trip in less time, with less stress and ready for more holiday adventures!

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