So, you’re planning a move into a tiny home on wheels but not sure what clothing you will need. You don’t want to pack excessive gear but not really sure what will and won’t get used. After 12 months living on the road full time and numerous overseas backpacking adventures, we have a good idea of what will get used and what will sit at the bottom of your clothing box, until you get sick of looking at it and toss it. If you’d like some help in deciding what to keep then read on my friend!
There is a new-ish trend in fashion- it’s the called the ‘Capsule Wardrobe’. It’s a modern day take on minimalist fashion, with the idea that you own just a few pieces of clothing which can all be mixed and matched, takes up a small amount of space and looks great when displayed on open hangers. Kind of like a shop display.
Throw all of that out the window! If you prefer to wear what YOU like (not what fashion dictates) and don’t feel the need to display your clothing like a vogue magazine, then this post is for you. The items I have listed are practical for tiny living. Of course, feel free to switch and swap anything you like. Personally I’m not too keen on dresses, but they sure are easy in warm weather. We live in a moderate to hot climate (Australia), however you may need warmer gear depending on where you are.
I personally LOVE and prefer natural fibres- they feel good against the skin, are breathable, they keep you warm or cool without making you sweat and are much kinder to the earth than synthetic material. They layer well and I also love the aesthetic of being wrapped in mother nature.
Some examples of natural materials include wool, linen, cotton, silk, hemp, bamboo and even stinging nettle (yes! It’s a thing!!) Organically grown and produced clothing dyed with plant based pigments are the most eco friendly option. They can be expensive, however they also last longer than synthetics and usually get nicer looking and feeling with age. Linen is a great example of this.
It does make sense if you’re downsizing your wardrobe to have things that match. No point having a fluorescent green pair of pants and a bunch of red t.shirts, unless of course that’s yo thang. One awesome thing about having a small wardrobe is that you only own things you really love. You can feel good about spending a bit extra on something you adore because you’re not wasting money on a closet full of things you’ll never wear. Having said that, check out the second hand stores! It’s a great way to be more mindful of the environment and you can find some really cool items at very reasonable prices.
So, what's in the box???
2x great fitting pairs denim jeans
2x long pants (linen/ sweat pants/ slacks)
1x wool thermal long pants to layer underneath in cold weather. Also great for sleeping in extreme cold.
3 pairs shorts
1x good quality thermal jacket for extreme cold.
2x hoodies or jumpers, zip up is good for easy layering.
1x plain black wool thermal long sleeve jumper. Can be worn on its own or layered for extreme cold.
1x long sleeve t.shirt
1x long sleeve button up lightweight linen shirt. Great for hot days for those who burn easily.
9x t.shirts/ singlets
12x pairs underpants
8x pairs socks (3 thick/warm and 5 lightweight.)
1x pair good quality hiking boots
1x pair of thongs
1x pair joggers
1x pair slippers for indoors.
I also own one nice black dress for weddings/ parties/ all the times we go out lol. And my cowgirl boots, which I can’t bare to part with! I don’t wear them often but they’re great with jeans in the winter. Other bits and pieces include a warm beanie and a thermal balaclava from my army days of sleeping out in August in freezing temperatures. I also have a warm scarf and lastly, probably the most versatile thing I own- a sarong. I bought this in Malaysia a few years back and its SO USEFUL! It’s nothing more than a square of very lightweight cotton with a mandala print, and I use it all. the. time. It has been a travel/ beach towel, beach shade, a scarf, tied into a romper for our toddler when he pee’d his pants, a baby sling when he was smaller, a picnic blanket, a short or a long skirt, a makeshift hat, a pram blanket- I seriously recommend everyone owning one, it’s that useful.
Storing clothing and bedding in a snap-lock container keeps the (almost inevitable) road dust out. It’s also good in humid areas for keeping moisture to a minimum. Always ensure clothes are bone dry before folding and putting away to avoid mould. To keep clothes fresh and further avoid any unwanted mould or stale smells, keep a box of sodium bicarbonate in the bottom of your clothes box. You can add a few drops of essential oil to your bicarb for extra yummy freshness!
This is what we’ve found to be the most practical amount of clothing for full time living on the road. Yours may vary slightly depending on how much space you have and if you have access to your own washing machine or rely on laundromats.
So there you have it, a good place to start when trying to figure out how much clothing to pack when downsizing into a tiny home on wheels.
Are you living on the road already? We’d love to hear your thoughts on the perfect amount of clothing when living on the road full time. Questions? Let us know below!
Until next time,
Happy travels 🙂