The 4x4 Packing Method: a Great Travel Wardrobe with only 16 pieces!

Efficient Packing with the 4x4 Method

Packing can be a puzzle, but we have a game-changing strategy: the 4x4 method. It's a fashion challenge and a minimalist's dream in one. Get ready to revolutionize your packing game.

1. Core Clothing Staples: The Fab Four:
Imagine four clothing pieces that can handle anything. Two tops and two bottoms in classic colors like black, navy, white, cream, brown, and grey. These are your go-to foundation, ready to mix and match.

2. The Neutrals That Never Fail:
Four neutral tops are your secret. From elegant blouses to comfy tees, they effortlessly blend with your core pieces.

3. Pop of Color and Pattern: 
Four items in any color or pattern bring excitement. A vibrant blouse or chic vest, perhaps – these pieces add variety to your outfits.

4. Versatility in Dresses and Choice:
Two dresses and two wildcards. Dresses are instant outfits, while wildcards showcase your flair. These items are your fashion playground.

Accessorize to Maximize: Your Style Arsenal

Jewel It Up:
Pack versatile jewelry – dainty necklaces to bold earrings. Whatever your style personality, your accessories are the magic dust that turns a simple outfit into a head-turner.

Scarves, the Ultimate Transformers:
Scarves add flair, warmth, and mystery. Pack a couple that can instantly elevate your look.

Shoe Selection, a Trio of Choices:
Two to three shoe styles: sneakers for exploration, elegant flats for city wandering, and maybe, versatile heels for special nights out.

And so, your stylish journey begins...
Craft a wardrobe that suits your adventures. The 4x4 method empowers you to embrace minimalism without sacrificing style. With a compact selection of clothing and accessories, you are ready to conquer the world, one stylish journey at a time.


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  • Betty Lynn Scholtz

    Kirsten, I have been traveling for years struggling with paring down. We are leaving on another trip on Sept 13 to Switzerland for 16 days. Your video and blog are going to be invaluable to me!! You have provided the perfect easy to follow guide. It’s going to be the new traveling me! Thank u!! Betty Scholtz P.S. My husband says thank u too!! One question? When following the guide exactly, how many days of travel were u planning??

  • Jan Kuykendall

    This information will be so helpful for me. Packing is always so stressful because I don’t know what I should take. Therefore, I take way too much. We are cruising to Greece and Italy next May and I will certainly use this method. Please keep this type information coming. Thank you.

  • Suzanne McGavin

    Loved this idea! How many days would this 4×4 packing method be recommended for?
    Would this all fit in a carry-on?
    Did Kirsten do a video about the 4×4 packing method?
    Thanks for all the tips. I really appreciate all the videos and ideas you post on your site.

  • Janet lamb

    I love this blog and find it very helpful but I have a question. It seems there are only 2 bottoms. Am I missing something? I don’t think I could travel for 2 weeks with only 2 pairs of pants.

  • Jeanine Maenner

    Will you be getting any more of the habitat capsule pieces shown in the video- the pleat back jacket and the pull on flood pants? Love watching the videos. The ladies are such fun as well as informative. Thanks!

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