My Sudoku Travel Capsule Wardrobe + FREE Interactive Sudoku Capsule Planner!

Jul 21, 2023

We are about to embark upon an epic family trip to Scotland and Ireland. I could not be more excited. It’s all I can talk about. It’s all I can think about. I’m just so fricken pumped.

We are being true travelers during our trip, where we are constantly on the move and never staying in one place more than a night. I’ve heard of horror stories of bags getting lost and people being on huge trips without their luggage ever catching up to them. Because of that, we’ve decided to be carry-on bag style passengers for the first time. I typically am a huge overpacker and I willingly pay to check my bag so I don’t have to be minimal. But for this trip….IT IS ON. I’m going to be a semi-grownup and be minimalistic and thoughtful with packing, y’all!

A while ago, I made a capsule wardrobe for Louis for a back to school blog tour and it just felt like a brilliant thing to adapt into our upcoming trip.

While I was googling travel capsules, I was a little disheartened because I felt like they were consisting of just black. Black leggings, black shirts, black black black. Where is the color, y’all? I don’t even look that good in black…I did a color profile recently and learned that I’m a “cool summer”. Color is my friend!

Anywho. I decided to go all in with color. And to do it sudoku style, because it’s graphically pleasing for my brain AND is a great way to mix match a very minimal wardrobe. I’m SO HAPPY with what I was able to put together! Here was my initial plan:

I obviously wanted to sew the majority of my clothing. It’ll be in the 60s and low 70s while we are there, so layers are necessary and since we aren’t doing anything fancy, jeans and walkable shoes are on the plan. I’m only planning on having two types of shoes, a waterproof hiking shoe and then some casual white sneakers. That way we are covered for being out and about the countryside, and some in town strolls. This plan of course does not include the ponchos we have ready to go, since we heard that the wet season is in full force right now.

After making only a few changes to my lineup, my capsule was completed just yesterday! I am super proud of how it turned out and I think it’s TOTALLY doable to take only these few items and feel like I’m changing up my clothes during the 11 days we are there. In total, i was able to get 14 coordinated outfits. Not too shabby, right??

Of course, my visually stimulated brain needed to lay out all of the outfits together. But I do love this GIF so you can see just how the sudoku works!


I ended up sewing a total of NINE pieces. Well, technically I sewed eight pieces and crocheted one. But who’s counting?

Left to Right, Top to Bottom — here’s what I did!

All in all, I was able to create a super colorful, super me capsule wardrobe that will work really well for my needs while we are galavanting around the Scottish + Irish countryside. And tossing back a few beers in the pubs. Because obviously I’m looking forward to a ::real:: Guinness and a few sips of Jamison from our distillery tour. OMG I cannot wait!

And now onto my gift to you! I realize that not everyone has the ability to use software like Photoshop, but having these visual planning tools can be SO INCREDIBLY HELPFUL. With that in mind, I created an interactive PDF for a 4×4 Sudoku Capsule Wardrobe! I think you’re going to love how easy it is to use!

Download “Sudoku Capsule Wardrobe Planner” Here!

I made you a quick video to see just how easy and useful this little PDF can be! You can also choose to just print it and write all over it if you’d like. But of course I’m a fan of putting images into it and avoiding having to stare too much at my own handwriting or scribbled outfit ideas. Ha. You do you! Whatever works!

I hope this is helpful in whatever you’re needing to plan. Maybe it’s for a trip, maybe it’s for work, maybe it’s just to clean out your closet and give yourself a wardrobe facelift. Either way, I’m excited to see how it works for you. Don’t forget to tag me if you end up using it — I always love to see what people are up to! #wildandwanderfulblog @wildandwanderfulblog

Happy wardrobe planning, y’all!

Disclosure: As always, you’ll find some affiliate links scattered within my post, which means I receive a small amount of compensation if you end up purchasing something I’ve recommended.  Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you.  Purchasing from my links does not alter the pricing in any way for you, it simply helps feed my sewing, creating and blogging habits.  Thank you for your support!


  1. Amy Cruce

    Thanks so much, Katie! I hope you have a WONDERFUL trip!

    • Katy M.

      I just hope it can be useful to you! And thanks!

    • Michele

      What a fun and useful idea! Envious of your Ireland trip; been to Scotland and would love to see it again. Have a lovely time!

      • Katy M.

        They’ve both been a goal of mine to visit. I’m beyond grateful that my in-laws gifted us this experience!

  2. Cynthia L Heren

    THank you! I was following your planning and it inspired me to pack one too for my current trip. I added a few dresses to mine. 3 shorts, 3 Ts, 3 dresses, 4 layers, and 3 shoes!

    • Katy M.

      I hope you have a great trip! I’m debating upon adding a “just in case” dress, but I really shouldn’t. The overpacker in me is really trying to take back some power. 🤣


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.



The Little Wanderer Skirt | A Free PDF Sewing Pattern from Wild+Wanderful!

I'm excited to share that I've been able to update another pattern for y'all! The Little Wanderer skirt is the youth version of my beloved Wanderer Skirt pattern (which is also free). It's an adorable high/low half circle skirt with two hem lengths and optional...

Irish I Were Sewing :: FREE St. Patrick’s Day Themed Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

I've been super missing making fun themed outfits to wear. And I've been missing sharing fun cut files on here like I used to. So I remedied both of these things by creating a super fun St. Patrick's Day themed sewing design AND am giving it to you as a freebie on...

The Wanderer Skirt | A Free PDF Sewing Pattern from Wild+Wanderful!

I know, I know. You might be thinking: "Katy, didn't you release The Wanderer Skirt back in 2017?" Yes. I did. But it's been six years of learning how to draft and design and I really wanted to go back and give it a little facelift. So here we are! On the surface,...

The Snuggler Sweater | A Free PDF Sewing Pattern from Wild+Wanderful!

A sewing friend of mine sent me a photo of this adorable sweater, with no sleeve seam, a cross-over front and back, and a "batwing" style dolman sleeve. And I was obsessed with the idea of turning that rtw sweater into a sewing pattern. And that's what I did! Meet:...

Elffire Club :: FREE Stranger Things Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

I saw someone use my free Elf on the Shelf Clothing Pattern the other day for a Stranger Things Eddie / Hellfire Club outfit and immediately was struck by a Christmas pun.  It had to be made.  I couldn't resist. If you need a little refresher on what I was...

Pencil Bow :: FREE Back-To-School Inspired PDF Sewing Pattern (In Two Sizes!)

Happy (almost) Back to School season, y'all!  Once July comes to a close it feels like everything just starts to speed up at an uncontrollable pace in my household....ESPECIALLY since Bennett is a teacher now.  It feels like summer is over and we need to...


Fabric for Pirates :: September 2023 Reveal

It's the 15th of the month, and you know what that means! It's the fabric shipment reveal day! WOOOOOO!! This month's fabric is a total Katy Pick. Not only is it in the prettiest purple (plum...

Ruched Top & Dress by Patterns for Pirates

Listen. LISTEN. I would have shared this new sew of mine last week when we officially launched it over at Patterns for Pirates but I've had a lot of things going on around here. After we returned from our whirlwind Ireland/Scotland trip, I had barely enough time to...

Fabric for Pirates :: August 2023 Reveal

Hey Fabric Lovers! Long time no fact, it's been a whole month since we've talked about the subscription. It's so uncool that I have to wait until the 15th of every month to share what...

Francis Flounce by Patterns for Pirates

Besides my birthday, this might be my favorite day so far this month.  Because I just released a new pattern under the Patterns for Pirates brand! Well....TWO PATTERNS! The and [eafl id="256955"...