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.
Maximista Packing List!
The Maximista Packing List also makes an ideal Round the World Packing List!
This Fifteen – Sixteen Piece Packing List: a roomy list offering sufficient clothing options for first time carry-on travelers or trips requiring more clothing choices.
Consisting of just 15 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 working/studying abroad, going on a two week vacation, or if you’re going on around-the-world backpacking trip.
Varied travel clothing options give you the ability to apply this guide in different settings. You can layer your pieces in colder climates and you’ll have plenty to mix and match in warmer climates. Adjust the items indicated below to your ideal weather scenario.
MAXIMISTA PACKING LIST
IDEAL FOR MULTI-CLIMATE TRIPS AND OVERPACKERS
This generous packing list is ideal for travelers that find it difficult to pack light; need a variety of clothing for multi-season trips; or want the most clothing possible without packing their entire closets.
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 Maximista 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
40-55 Liter Backpack suggested or 22″ carryon size weekender bag.
6 TOPS + 6 BOTTOMS + 2 DRESS + 1 JACKET
Printed Shorts / Denim Shorts / Chiffon Blouse / White Shirt / Contrast Pocket Blouse / Chiffon V-neck Tank / Cotton Blouse / Pleated Blouse / Lightweight Shirt / Trousers / Leather Pants / Push-up Jeans / Flared Midi Skirt / Maxi Dress / Midi Dress / Wrap Dress / Ballet Shoes / Sandals
Three Tank Tops/Short Sleeve Tops in the heat and Three Long Sleeves for Cooler 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, Jeans, and leggings are all good options for travel. Light cargo pants are good 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 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
One 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
➐Tops + ➎ Bottoms + ➌ Dresses
(versatile, shown above)
➑ Tops + ➍ Bottoms + ➌ Dresses
(good multi-climate trips or hot weather)
➏ Tops + ➍ Bottoms + ➎ Dresses
(good varying climates)
➓ Tops + ➎ Bottoms
(good for cold climate)
(perfect for 2 week 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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