Travel Capsule Wardrobe for Belgium

December 22, 2017

Winter carry-on only wardrobe for Belgium / Travel light packing list

Next week we are off to Belgium for a week of adventuring! We are attempting another mostly unplanned slow travel trip – if you’re not sure what I mean by ‘slow travel’ I explain it all here for you! All of the pieces I’ve included in my carry-on only wardrobe for this trip are from my winter capsule wardrobe – so it took me all of five minutes to throw it all together! Which is a huge accomplishment for someone who used to take up to two hours to pack for a few days away… painful!



This travel capsule wardrobe is perfect for chilly winter weather. 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 travel capsule wardrobe for a city getaway to Belgium (you can now read all about our time in Brussels hereBruges here and Ghent here). We will be taking it easy and exploring Brussels, Bruges and Ghent. And anywhere else we decide to add in along the way! The weather forecast is looking quite cool so I’ve included lots of layering pieces, cosy sweaters, warm coats and a few cute accessories like my pom-pom beanie.

Clothes + Accessories Packing List

  1. Witchery Grey long sleeve (or similar here)
  2. ASOS Stripe long sleeve (or similar here and here)
  3. Nordstrom Blush peplum top
  4. Uniqlo White linen shirt
  5. Oysho Beige fluffy knit (or similar here)
  6. Witchery Grey knit (old, similar here or here)
  7. H&M Beige cable knit sweater (old, similar here)
  8. One Teaspoon White skinny jeans
  9. Pull Bear Blue mom jeans
  10. Mango Blue faux-ripped skinny jeans (I struggled to find the faux-rip jeans and ended up getting them from Mango last year)
  11. Grey trench coat (old)
  12. Checked coat (old, similar here or here)
  13. Free People Pastel blue scarf
  14. H&M Checked scarf 
  15. H&M Blush pom-pom beanie
  16. Ugg Brown leather gloves
  17. Adidas Superstars Leather sneakers
  18. Panama Jack Brown winter boots

Other Items Packing List

Other clothing
  • 2 x singlets for layering
  • 2 x thermal tights for layering
  • 1 x pyjamas
  • 3 x socks
  • Underwear
  • Umbrella
Other Essentials
  • Handbag
  • Lip balm
  • Kindle
  • Journal + pen
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • DLSR Camera and charger
  • Phone charger
  • Battery pack for charging on the go
  • Universal adaptor

For full details on how and what I pack for my carry-on toiletries take a peek at this post.


Below I’ve put together the outfits I plan to wear over our seven 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!

Winter carry-on only wardrobe for Belgium / Travel light packing list

Have your tried packing a travel capsule wardrobe for Belgium and if so what are your carry-on essentials for a winter city break? I’d love to hear below.

Big Love,

These items are from my winter 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 Brussels here and in Bruges here.

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Hi! Nice post 🙂

Could you tell me wich brand is your carry-on suitcase?

I‘ ll be in Brugges in two weeks for the beer festival, I really love Belgium and around . Me and my husband go every year.

Un saludo and kisses from Madrid

Hi Virginia! So lovely to hear from you. Ahh so exciting that you are heading to Bruges soon. I absolutely loved it. I bet the beer festival is so much fun!

Sure my carry-on suitcase is a Samsonite (Tru-Frame model) – here is the link to the exact one I have – (which is sold out at the moment) but some other similar options by Samsonite are or or

Jayde x

This post is a must for female travelers! My friends and I struggle to travel in the winter around Europe. Still Need to find decent boots for myself. 🙂

Aw thanks Bruna! I’m so glad this post was helpful. I struggled with packing light for a long time, but after plenty of practice I now have it down to an art 🙂 But winter packing can be especially overwhelming with all the different layers and heavy coats and boots! Oooh yes decent boots are a must, nothing worse than cold feet. I really love my Panama Jack boots – they look cute but feel just like wearing Ugg boots and are super warm!
Jayde x