Today it has been exactly one year ago that we left the Netherlands. We would go on a trip for a couple of months traveling around Europe, with the idea of returning to Amsterdam and start working again at the office. How wrong I was... After a year of traveling around, I am (unfortunately) still struggling everyday with my bag of clothes. Nowadays I try to fit all my clothes into two big bags, which of course they never do. I still haven't figured out what I end up using a lot and what I end up not using at all. How much do I need now and what?
My wardrobe as a 'working city girl' A year ago my wardrobe existed out of a variety of clothes and shoes. From sneakers to boots and heels. From jeans to pantalons and dresses and from leather jackets to neat coats. I was lucky that my company didn't have a formal dress code. A jeans and sneakers were allowed, just watch it with the flip flops. But when you would go to a meeting where most of the people wear formal clothes, then I would do the same. I guess this image pretty much sums up how my wardrobe looked like:
My wardrobe as an outdoorsy Now this image has changed. First of all, my wardrobe has gotten a lot smaller. Second of all, the items inside it have changed. For example: you will not find heels in my bag. They are nice when you go for a diner in a restaurant or when you work at the office behind your computer. But well: now I spend most of my time outside or at home or in the van. Not the best place to wear heels. So, as of shoes, I end up wearing sneakers (my running or trailrunning shoes), my hiking boots (sooo NOT charming) or my sandals/flip flops. As of clothes, that is still something I haven't figured out yet. A jeans is pretty much suitable for everything, but for hiking or biking it isn't the best or most comfortable choice. And what do you wear on top? When you are hiking and the weather is good, you are sweating. The next moment you are on a top, with wind and clouds. I get cold instantly. Or it starts to rain... I end up dragging many different things with me all the time. From light weight t-shirts to soft shell coats and rain jackets.
My wardrobe isn't fit yet for this outdoor life. I keep on searching what I like to wear the most. One thing I like, is the sweaters or hoodies with a zipper. You can easily take them off when temperature changes. Most of those that are meant for outdoor, are expensive, but I recently discover that the so called 'working clothes', like from Engelbert Strauss, are also a good option. And of course I also check second hand websites or search for previous year models that are now on sale. In the end you just need a few good items I guess.
I keep on searching and changing for now. Maybe in a couple of months, I can tell you what exact items your absolutely need as an outdoorsy ;).