Tomorrow we are heading to Poland for five days, and after eight whole weeks without traveling I couldn’t be more excited. We’ve never been before and will be staying in Warsaw and doing a day-trip to Krakow. This is the first time I’ve put together a carry-on only wardrobe since starting my capsule wardrobe and it’s made it so much easier. Packing used to a painstaking process for me. One that took way too long. Jase is normally done in five minutes and I take about two hours… to pack one tiny suitcase! But guess what? This time I beat him!
This autumn carry-on only wardrobe is perfect for the cooler months of the year. Packing for the cold with bulky items is always more challenging especially when you are taking carry-on only. My biggest tip is to make sure you wear your heaviest shoes, sweater and coat on the plane – that way you save the most space and weight in your bag.
I’ve put together this carry-on only wardrobe for a city getaway to Poland. We will be taking it easy and exploring Warsaw for a couple of days and also doing a day-trip to Krakow. You can read all about our trip to Warsaw here. The weather forecast is looking chilly so I’ve included lots of layering pieces, cosy sweaters, warm coats and a few cute accessories like my pom-pom beanie and hair bow.
Clothes + Accessories Packing List
- Beige long sleeve
- Grey long sleeve
- Beige cable knit sweater
- Multi colour sweater
- Black parka
- Pink teddy coat (old, similar here or here)
- Blue jeans
- Navy jeans (similar ethical option)
- Blush scarf
- Checked scarf
- Blush beanie (old, similar here or similar ethical option)
- Blush hair bow
- Tan mittens (old, similar here)
- Leather sneakers
- Tan winter boots
Other Items Packing List
- 2 x singlets for layering
- 2 x thermal tights for layering
- 1 x pyjamas
- 3 x socks
- Face Wash
- Mineral foundation
- Powder blush/highlighter/bronzer trio (highlighter and bronzer double as eyeshadow)
- Eyeshadow primer (far more versatile than face primer, can be used on lids, under eyes, fine lines around mouth, under concealer on spots and under lip colour)
- Blush brush
- Foundation brush
- Eyeshadow brush
- Prep/heat protectant spray
- Hair brush
- Curling iron
- Lip balm
- Journal + pen
- Noise cancelling headphones
- DLSR Camera and charger
- Phone charger
- Battery pack for charging on the go
- Universal adaptor
Below I’ve put together the outfits I plan to wear over our five day trip. I’m a fan of doing this before we leave. That way there is zero stress getting dressed each day. You can easily do the same by laying out your outfits and getting a photo of them on your phone to look back at. To make things even simpler you can even put them into a ‘travel outfits’ album so the photos don’t get lost amongst all the travel snaps you’ll be getting!
Have your tried packing an autumn carry-on only wardrobe and if so what are your carry-on essentials for an autumn city break? I’d love to hear below.
These items are from my autumn 17 capsule and if you like you can shop them and support Jayde Archives at the same time by using some of the affiliate links included in this post.
You can also see me wearing these outfits in Warsaw here.