The Universal Packing Lists are your ultimate minimalist guide to packing light. Whether you’re a fashionista or a no-frills traveler, these lists are made for you to customize them to fit your own personal style.
This isn’t your average packing list! The clothing shown has been carefully selected and offers you brands, colors, fabrics, and functionality that will help make planning your travel wardrobe a breeze. By including a combination of well-known travel brands along with your favorite retailers, you’ll find that you really can find a happy balance between travel and fashion!
Please keep in mind that each item shown is only used to represent visual ideas of how you can create your own custom list with the style and color palette of your personal preference. Have fun with it and get ready to have your own personal travel fashion show.
Classic Packing List!
PLEASE NOTE: The dress featured in this set is SOLD OUT. It was originally from CrumpetEngland.com
This minimalist packing list is ideal for travelers that want to travel light no matter the destination or the length of the journey.
Consisting of just twelve pieces of clothing, each item is chosen specifically to provide you with optimal function while also maximizing your travel outfit options.
This list is equally perfect if you’re traveling for business, going on a 2 week vacation or holiday, or if you’re a minimalist traveler going on a long term trip.
Choose ultra-light travel clothing that provides form, function, and fashion. Because you only have a few items to wear you have to ensure that you can mix and match each item. Quick dry fabrics or synthetic fabrics are essential!
Twelve Piece Packing List: the guide you can use for virtually any trip.
CLASSIC PACKING LIST
VACATION, BUSINESS, OR LONG TERM TRAVEL
This 12 piece packing list is highly recommended for Round-the-World or extended trips. You can tweak the list to fit with the seasons you’ll be traveling certain countries. If you’re visiting cold countries first, pack warmer items when you leave, then replace them with summer clothes along the way or vice versa.
For trips under two weeks, laundry may not be necessary depending on your packing list combination of choice.
Hand washing or laundry service is necessary for trips over 2 weeks. Remember, all you need is two week’s worth of clothing then plan to do laundry weekly for the duration of your trip.
Remember, just because your trip is longer doesn’t mean you need to pack more! You just need to do laundry.
As with all the lists, it is important to select clothing items that work well together and can be used interchangeably.
For a complete guide to choosing your perfect wardrobe, sign up for the free Classic Packing Guide e-book.
One Color Story – solids, patterns within the same color story
Durable, quick dry, synthetics
Good Fit, classic styles that match with everything
Appropriate in various settings: Beach, Temples, Villages, Cities, Treks, etc
35-40 Liter Backpack suggested or carryon size weekender bag or suitcase.
5 TOPS + 5 BOTTOMS + 2 DRESS
Striped Shirt / Double-layer Blouse / Spaghetti Trap Blouse / Oversize Shirt / Printed Shirt / Dress in Navy / Floral Dress / Black Jeans / Khaki Pants / Stitched Shorts / Denim Shorts / Leather Skirt / Sandals / Flat Shoes
Four Tank Tops/Short Sleeve Tops in the heat or Four Long Sleeves for Cooler Climates
(2 of each in combo-climates) – Synthetic fabric, quick dry, solid colors or simple prints. Classic cut that can be worn under dress or button up shirt to match and provide extra coverage if needed. Tunics are versatile and can be worn in more than ways than regular length tops.
One Long Sleeve Button Up Shirt
Light Fabric, Synthetics, polyester, or silk blend. Able to layer over other tops and dresses as a light jacket or cover up
Travel Pants, light cargo pants, jeans in dark colors, lightweight trouser, and mid to floor length skirts are all good options for travel and have multiple uses.
Water Resistant properties encouraged but quick dry fabrics are important due to the minimal amount of clothing.
Jeans work well on shorter vacations, trips to metropolitan cities, or cool climates. Remember, jeans may be heavy but they hardly have to be washed.
Maxi skirts work well in a variety of settings and are both fashionable and conservative
Two Travel Dresses
Light Fabric, Solid Vibrant Color/Print or Neutral Khaki or Little Black Dress.
A sun dress is idea that can be worn casually during the day and dressed up at night.
Convertible dress/skirts are ideal.
One Fleece/Hoodie/Cardigan and /or Water Resistant Jacket/Coat depending on weather
One-Two Bathing Suit
Reversible bathing suits allow you to mix and match. Choose one that has a neutral shade on one side so it can easily double up as a bra under your tops
Neutral color that matches with all your tops. Read about choosing the best bras for travel.
One Sports Bra
If you plan on doing activities or have long bumpy transportation journeys
Seven-Ten Pairs of Travel Underwear
Quick dry, avoid 100% cotton or mesh
Three pairs of shoes
Depending on your activities One Pair of Flip Flops/Sandals/Flats and One Pair of Trainers/Hiking Hybrids. If you have space for a third pair, pack something to dress up your travel outfits. Read more about finding fashionable and comfortable travel shoes.
One belt that can be worn with pants and dress for practical style. A complete set of costume jewelry – one of each: earrings, ring, necklace, bracelet.
Multi-use Stick (check out the Nars Multiple Stick) / Mascara or Eye Liner
➎ Tops + ➎ Bottoms + ➋ Dresses
(versatile, shown above)
➏ Tops + ➌ Bottoms + ➌ Dresses
(good multi-climate trips or hot weather)
➐ Tops + ➍ Bottoms + ➊ Dress
(good varying climates)
➑ Tops + ➍ Bottoms
(good for cold climate)
(perfect for resort and tropical vacations)
If you want to pack light but need more than a handful of clothing items, check out the other Universal Packing Lists and to shop functional and stylish travel gear, check out theTravel Fashion Girl Shop.
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