Project 333 – Packing

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For those of you who may be new to reading this blog, it is probably timely to explain about Project 333.  It is a concept developed by Courtney Carver in which you commit to wearing a maximum of 33 items for 3 months.  You can read all about it at her blog, Be More With Less.

I first discovered Project 333 in April 2012 and followed the guidelines carefully for the next 3 months.  Since then, I have continued to streamline the contents of my wardrobe.  I am constantly striving to create a small but effective selection of pieces which work for me.  For ease of searching, I have used “Project 333” in the title of all of my clothes-related posts.  If you have not read them all you can search all posts under this topic to gain a broad understanding of what I am doing.

I have been in Sydney for the past 2 days for work.  I needed to be appropriately dressed on Tuesday when I arrived as well as yesterday and today.  I was meeting friends for dinner on Tuesday evening and attending a work-related dinner last night.  The constraints were that I planned to only take carry-on luggage as well as staying in a hotel and no opportunity to wash clothes.

Here is what I packed.

Trousers
Green jeans, denim jeans and white 3/4 trousers.

Tops
Floral cardigan, teal top, red/white striped tee and black pullover.  These all have 3/4 sleeves.  I find these very practical for a range of weather and they can be worn in a variety of ways.

Extras
I also packed a black camisole, black/white checked short sleeved shirt and leopard print scarf.

Shoes
2 pairs of flat shoes completed the selection.  I try not to wear the same shoes every day.

I chose the items with a specific plan in mind but sufficient versatility to change the choices if my mood or the weather dictated it.  The plan (which I adhered to) was:

Denim jeans, red/white tee and red flats on Tuesday flight.
Green jeans, black pullover and scarf with pewter flats for dinner on Tuesday.
Green jeans, black camisole, floral cardigan and red flats – work on Wednesday
Denim jeans, black camisole, teal top and pewter flats – dinner on Wednesday.
White trousers, checked shirt with black pullover (if needed) and flats – work on Thursday and flight home.

I really only wore each item once , however, the combinations are almost endless.  The only ‘no go zones’ as far as I can see were the green jeans with the teal top, the red flats with the teal top or the the striped top and floral cardigan together!  My maths is not good enough to be able to calculate all of the possible permutations but I know there were plenty of choices.  All of this confirms what I have often said, “You need almost as many clothes for a couple of days as for a few weeks”.

How do you decide what to pack? Have you ever travelled for an extended period of time with only one bag?

2 thoughts on “Project 333 – Packing

  1. What great combinations! You’re right in saying you could travel for much longer with what you packed. By washing every few days, you could travel for weeks in a mild climate with what you took. And much more enjoyable not having to lug too many bags around. Did you take a handbag as well or just the carry-on bag?

    I have travelled for up to 2 months with one bag (carry-on sized bag) by following the same principles. Mix and match, layering, washing every few days. It’s such a liberating way to travel, just about everything gets worn and used, and it’s easier to keep things organised and to move around while on the trip.

    Thanks for all your Project 333 posts – I really enjoy them!

  2. Hi Kim

    Thanks for the positive feedback. I did have a handbag on this occasion as it was required for work. However,I am actually looking to downsize my handbag ( I only own 1). After 50+ years, I think I have finally figured out what features I need in an all-purpose handbag – now I just need to find what I am looking for at a reasonable price. I did see one in an exclusive shop at Sydney airport last week. The one small problem was that it had a price tag of almost $400!! I think the handbag search will be a blog post all on its own.

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